The Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has established a Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) Institute, based at the Karen campus in Nairobi.
The institute is set to admit pioneer students in January 2023, following an assessment by the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA), the body mandated to regulate and coordinate TVET training in the country.
On Monday 31 October, 2022, the authority carried out an assessment at the institute’s facilities in Karen, and provisionally gave the greenlight for the institute to advertise January intake. The inspection covered the suitability of the physical infrastructure and resources, curriculums that have been developed, staffing, as well as governance and leadership of the institute.
Speaking during the inspection exercise, JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi said that with technical revolution and innovations in science and technology, the labor market needs have evolved, making vocational training a key priority.
“When it comes to training and skills transfer, we are keen as a university, on ensuring that we don’t leave anyone behind. Every Kenyan child deserves a shot at acquiring skills that can empower them economically. That is why we are venturing into this, with a view to train youths to meet national, regional, and international market needs. The economic and social advancement of our country towards industrialization depends on this,” she affirmed.
Prof. Ngumi further outlined that going forward, modalities will be explored and provided on progression from vocational training to university degree for students who will be keen on pursuing the same.
While citing the university’s strength in science and technology, the Deputy Director of Outreach Services at TVETA, Ms. Bibian Otieno, urged the institute to leverage on JKUAT’s strengths and work towards specializing in ICT and Data Science, Maritime Courses, Agricultural courses, as well as Engineering and Technology. To begin with, 16 courses will be on offer during the January intake.
The JKUAT TVET Institute will be headed by Dr. Fridah Simba, the immediate former Director of the JKUAT Mombasa CBD Campus. She outlined her vision for the institute, expressing confidence that with the preparations put in place so far, it is poised to be a leading brand and among the best public TVET institutions in the region.
“With the remarkable background the university has in practical training and research, you can be sure this is going to be no ordinary TVET Institute. We will live by quality and relevance, and ensure we offer innovative solutions that are responsive to national needs,” Dr. Simba asserted.
The greenlight for the institute to commence training is a culmination of months of intense work by the university and key industry stakeholders, and will plug into the government’s emphasis on the need for hands-on skills and vocational training.