Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has initiated collaborative talks with Bosch Company to train youth on developing, establishing and operating businesses in technical fields by using power tools.
The envisaged partnership is aimed at steering the youth away from service based businesses to the more lucrative technical based businesses such as artisanry and craftsmanship through the use of modern power tools.
The partnership is expected to equip the youths with the skills by subjecting them to a Mid-Level Technician in Machinery and Tools Course, identifying tools required to start technical businesses, assembling the tools together into a tool kit for business start-up and operation, training potential users on the use of the tools, providing the users with the toolkit after training and mentoring and supporting them on starting a business.
The partners will also collaborate with other technical partners to provide other tools not available in their stock and also financial institutions and development partners to fund and support the programme.
Among the projected outcomes of the project include; increased uptake of tools and equipment, establishment of businesses in the technical fields by the youth, reduction in youth unemployment and increased productivity in the target sectors.
Speaking during the meeting held at JKUAT, October 30, 2019, the Principal, College of Engineering and Technology, Dr. Hiram Nderitu said the course will play a major role in training the youth not only in technical skills but also entrepreneurial skills which is a key component in business.
Bosch Marketer, Lindsey Bonolo, lauded the partnership saying it will reduce unemployment in Kenya while also building capacity and developing own solutions to common problems.
Head of Directorate of Performance Contracting and Appraisal (DiPCA), Prof. John Wesonga underscored the significance of the programme saying it will encourage more youths to move away from hawking into the production businesses.
Prof. Wesonga stated that the long term goal of the projects is to build capacity and boost Kenyan economy while also supporting the governments Big 4 agenda and vision 2030.