Kenya’s Support to Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for relevant Skills has been boosted by 62 million US Dollar loan by the African Development Bank (AFDB) approved early this month
This comes as the.. second phase of the project. “Kenya is experiencing a skills gap, mainly for technicians and artisans. This project will play an important role in supporting the emerging oil, gas and mining industry, which intends to employ between 42,000 and 98,000 people over the next 10 years,” said Sunita Pitamber, Director for Human Development at AFDB
The project aims to increase access and equity, improve quality and relevance of TVET in line with the Kenya TVET Act of 2013.
The African Development Bank forecasts Kenya’s economy to grow at 6.5% in 2015
The project will strengthen faculties of engineering and applied sciences in the 33 target TVET institutions through engineering infrastructure and faculty development. These include 4 TVET institutions for hearing and visual impaired students.
At least 600 TVET tutors will be trained at diploma and degree levels in engineering and applied sciences. The project will also support the training of 3,000 youths (50% females) in relevant skills to increase their employability.
Furthermore, the project will support construction of hostels in some of the target TVET institutions, rural and marginalized regions, where it was reported that the lack of hostels hinder girls access to these institutions.
The African Development Bank currently has a portfolio of US $221 million to support higher education, science and technology, TVET, entrepreneurship and skills development in Kenya.