On the 1st of October 2012, a group of 23 marine engineering students was admitted to the cadet training program at the National Youth Service in Gilgil, to undertake a rigorous cadet training course which prepares them both mentally and physically for the seaboard training. This is a mandatory requirement (as per STCW 1978 convention and code as amended) for all Marine Engineers. They were received by Mr. Muchai the assistant director NYS Gilgil among other officials of the NYS who will be interacting with them during their stay at Gilgil. He gave a brief welcome speech and touched on the core mandate of NYS and its principles which include: integrity, discipline, patriotism, reliability, team spirit, selflessness and responsiveness. He was full of praises for the group that graduated from NYS at the beginning of the year and urged the incoming group to emulate or surpass the record set by the previous group.
Immediately after the speeches the students were oriented on the rules and regulations to be followed while at the NYS. The courses to be covered include: proficiency in personal survival techniques, personal safety and social responsibility, elementary first aid, fire prevention and fire fighting and life skills. The first aid training would be done by the Kenya Red Cross in the course of the training period. They will in addition undertake taekwondo training as part of the personal safety training. Upon graduation the students will be given a Red Cross certificate and an NYS certificate. The latter will be given during the pass out parade which will be held in a month’s time.
As a department and university as a whole we wish the Marine Engineering students the very best as they undertake the training and we look forward to the graduation on this life changing course.