More than 16 million untrained practitioners in the informal sector will soon be certified by the state department for vocational and technical training to enable them access opportunities in various trades and fields.
The programme dubbed Prior Learning will benefit vocational artisans, craftsmen, master craftsmen, technicians and technologists who have not necessarily been to formal institutions but have perfected their skills through experience.
“They will be assed and certified. This will not only enable them to be acknowledged for their efforts to date but also enable them to access opportunities in public and private sector,” said the state department’s principal secretary Dr. Kevit Desai.
Dr. Desai spoke while addressing 764 graduands during the second graduation ceremony of the Kitale National polytechnic which was upgraded from a technical training institute in 2016.
Some of the opportunities the personnel will have access to are those in the Big four agenda in respect to Agriculture, Value addition, Manufacturing, universal healthcare and the National housing programme.
He said the programme will also offer the practitioners an opportunity to continually have the capacity to upgrade their skills and competencies through incubation under the competence based education training.
“The programme is critical for competence based curriculum. We are in a paradigm shift where such institutions will be training five curriculums on competence based education,” said Dr. Dasei.
He said as from January 2020, technical training institutes will no longer be offering training on a general basis but will instead be training to achieve standards and measurable tolerances.
“One of the most important functions is to achieve productivity, innovation and efficiency within the social, productive and the public sector through creation of greater human capital development,” he said.
He said the department is also committed to ensure the institutions are able to promote technology transfer, enterprise and incubation creation, and extension in the Agricultural sector.