Artisans in the automotive sector are set to receive skills from Bosch, a move that will improve their skills.
The partnership dubbed Skills for Employment in the Automotive Sector (SEAS) will see Nairobi Technical Training Institute (NTTI) partner with Robert Bosch and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Kenya, to provide short courses for jua kali artisans and grow the informal workshops into more professional service stations.
The short course will cover vehicle diagnostics; computerized 3D wheel balancing and alignment; Air conditioning troubleshooting; and general service.
Bosch, a German multinational engineering and technology company with operations in Kenya, has donated state-of-the-art training equipment that will be used to offer the short-term training.
On their part, NTTI developed the training curriculum in close cooperation with technicians from Bosch. They will be providing the trainers and a training venue for the upskilling programme.
While welcoming this innovative approach to skills-building, Mr. Bodo Immink, Country Director GIZ Kenya noted, that keeping automotive technicians in Kenya up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. “GIZ is delighted to support this partnership for a better-skilled workforce that will not only improve vehicle and road safety significantly but also contribute to a higher efficiency in the whole transport sector”, he said.
“We recognize that the current Jua Kali Artisan is a skilled person who has undertaken some formal education without certification in the Automotive sector. The SEAS project will provide the avenue for certification. The certification will provide opportunity for the Artisan to remain competitive in the changing Automotive Career Market.” Said Mr Simon Nyaga, Deputy Principal, NTTI who read remarks on behalf of Mrs. Glory Mutungi, Chief Principal, NTTI.
NTTI is among seven public training institutions pioneering the Cooperative Vocational Training model and closely collaborating with companies to train technicians in identified vocational trade areas.
Bosch were instrumental in the development of the new Level 6 Automotive Mechatronics curriculum through secondment of a staff member who provided input for the new demand-driven curriculum.