TVET trainers key to competitive workforce

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) trainers hold the key to ensuring trainees are competent, dynamic and progressive, to realize robust economic development in the country.

As the world celebrates World Teachers Day today, the quality of TVET is strongly dependent on the competencies of trainers – and how well they continue to learn and update their knowledge and skills. With reference to youth employment, teachers have a pivotal role in providing knowledge and expertise – empowering learners to take up employment opportunities.

A statement from GIZ noted that Germany through the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) partners with the Kenyan Government to promote Youth Employment and Vocational Training. The Programme, implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and KfW (German Development Bank) is working with the Ministry of Education to strengthen the supply side of the labour market through demand-driven cooperative (or dual) training.

This is through a stronger collaboration between technical training institutions (TTIs) and private sector companies. Students will spend 50 percent of their time in TTIs. The remaining 50 per cent will be used to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in class, in an actual work environment – producing a steady stream of a highly-skilled workforce that adapts to new and dynamic work practices and latest technologies.

Additionally, plans are underway to support in improving teacher training programmes delivered through the Kenya Technical Trainers College (KTTC) – the premier training centre for technical institutions.

Bernd Lakemeier, Head of Cluster – Sustainable Economic Development and Youth Employment, GIZ noted that COVID-19 has taught us that the future of training and skills development will be more digital than it was in the past. “We have to ask ourselves what are the skills teachers and trainers need to really train students according to market requirements. We will work closely with KTTC to focus on technical skills, didactical skills and in future, digital skills”.

The World Teachers Day 2020 is being celebrated under the theme ‘Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”, at a time when the world is battling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. It constrained education systems resulting in a revision of how trainers share knowledge and skills.

Recently, together with the Ministry of Education, they launched business plans for three technical training institutions. This saw 80 – 100 people working together on a skype call to develop training materials with experts from Kenya and Germany. They are now able to roll-out the new trainings.

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