Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has partnered with National Construction Authority (NCA) and Kenya Federation of Master Builders (KFMB) to modernise and strengthen Kenya’s construction industry through technical and vocational training. In the arrangement, the University will work with the regulatory authority in mounting training in thematic areas while the KFMB will provide the much needed industrial attachments and internships to JKUAT students.
NCA Executive Director, Daniel Manduku welcomed the partnership, noting that it would foster quality in the sector which continue to gain interest from investors despite the skills gaps. He added that his authority would work closely with the University to develop new and innovative programmes that would respond to the current needs of the industry.
“We have a plan to train one million artisans across the country and we can only achieve this by fostering our human capital,” Manduku said. “This is why our partnership with JKUAT is important.”
KFMB National Chairperson, Moses Muhia expressed readiness of his agency to provide industry exposure to students as a way of enhancing quality of graduates. In addition, KFMB will provide industrial laboratories to track and test new methods, trends and technologies relevant to the construction industry.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga noted that the initiative will improve overall quality of training in the construction related fields. JKUAT, she said, had a standing history of producing resource persons in architecture, building sciences and engineering; and that the partnership would further enhance training and research in the Varsity’s programmes.
The officials were speaking Thursday November 27, during the agreement signing ceremony at JKUAT. The event was also attended by a number of officers from JKUAT, NCA and KFMB.