TECHNICAL SKILLS TRAINING – Next frontier for job creation


Published on The Standard Newspaper 31st January 2018

To attain Vision 2030, Kenya requires over 30,000 technologists, 90,000 technicians and over 400,000 craftsmen. This labor force will only be made available when we embrace technical skills training that are a great pillar in realizing this vision.

By the end of last year, unemployment rate stood at 40 per cent. Why is the unemployment rate so high yet a single project presents a massive employment opportunity? Skills imbalance is the greatest contributor of unemployment. On one hand we have white collar trainees yet the industry needs individuals who can deliver practical skills. Our backgrounds have made us believe that if you excel in academic work you can excel in the industry. This has been the greatest lie of the century and as long as we hold onto this, skills imbalance will continue to derail the achievement of infrastructural growth in our economy.

In the past 6 years devolution has presented massive opportunities for skill labor force in projects such as road construction, housing, electrical installation and county public works and services including storm water management system, water and sanitation services. In each county there are over 50 projects on going; all of these are infrastructural related. This has made available opportunities to empower young people by ensuring that they contribute in the growth of their own county.

How then do we conquer the giant on skills imbalance that is already in existence? The government of Kenya promotes the highest standards in the quality and efficiency of Industrial Training in Kenya from both private institutions such as Sensei Institute of Technology and various other Public institutions. This has ensured that skill based courses that are offered are of the highest standards and meet the immediate market demands due to the hands on approach to training.” Tell me and I forget, teach me and i may remember, involve me and I learn” said Benjamin Frankline. This training approach will ensure that trainees learn the hands on experience during the training and ultimately make them job creators rather than job seekers.

Let’s us all be winners who identify their God given talents, develop them to skills and use them to accomplish our career goals. When we embrace the role of technical skills and the contribution they make in construction industry. We will meet the required labor force for the achievement of Vision 2030.

By Wambui Susan.

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