The Adai Aldai Technical Training Institute (TTI) in Nandi County has secured a Ksh.335 million grant from the national government and the African Development Bank (AfDB) to finance infrastructure development, training equipment and capacity building.
It is one of the eight TVET institutions established under the AfDB intervention in TVET in Kenya in 2009-2014 which benefitted a total of 27 institutions.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration has thrown its weight behind Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) institutions since the year 2013, and has invested billions of shillings in them.
According to State Department for Vocational and Technical Training Principal Secretary Dr Margaret Mwakima, TVETs play key role to graduates by creating employment opportunities, adaptation and use of technologies that are crucial to transform Kenya into an industrial based economy.
“I urge Aldai TTI to take leadership in offering programmes that are relevant to industry needs and meet international standard. Graduates of this great institution should be able to gain employment in the global market and also become entrepreneurs,” stated Mwakima.
Kenya has so far increased the number of TVET institutions in the country from 52 in 2013 to 238 in 2021 at a cost of Ksh.10.6 billion. Out of the 238 TVET institutions 192 are operational and 46 are nearing completion.
“The vision of TVET is to deliver a high-quality competent workforce for sustainable social economic and environmental developments. Therefore the government is committed to establish more technical institutions and provide the necessary resources,” she said
Kenya’s Vision 2030 and the government’s Big 4 Agenda envisage the TVET sector as a key driving force to transforming into an industrialised, middle-income Country that provides high quality life to all its citizens in a clean and secure environment.
Each county, according to the government has a technical training institution to enable more youths who are unable to join higher learning institutions to enroll and learn various skills to address youth unemployment.
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National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani in the fiscal year 2021/22 allocated Ksh.202.8 billion to the Ministry of Education.
Out of these, Ksh.5.2 billion was set aside for TVET students, Ksh.76.3 billion for universities and Ksh.323 million for National Research Fund.
Speaking at the same event, Aldai MP Cornelly Serem said the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) kitty has set aside Ksh.7 million to sponsor 500 youths who want to join the institution
“We are mobilising resources to enable more students to join the TTI so that they can equip themselves with practical skills which will enable them to either access gainful employment or otherwise venture into self-employment as craftsman, engineers, technicians to help bridge the unemployment gap,” he said
The TTI situated on a 50 acre piece of land offers various courses which include certificate in masonry, a certificate in plumbing, certificate in Electrical and electronic engineering among others. The institution has 64 trainers with 504 students.