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Govt calls for better youth training

15 June 2012, 15:01 Joseph Mukubwa

The Government has emphasized on the need to improve the practical training of young people in the country.
The Director of Technical Education Owate Wambayi said it is essential to strengthen and improve the practical training of the youth so that they can meet the needs of the modern and rapidly changing sector.

The director noted that building higher order skills through better education and training systems is an essential part of Kenya’s strategy to deliver the high levels of sustainable, increasingly knowledge –based growth and jobs.

“The government attaches a lot of importance to technical training as a basis of accelerating self employment and contributing significantly to the realization of the Kenya Vision 2030. This will help transform Kenya into a newly industrialized, middle income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens in a clean and secure environment,” he added.

Wambayi, in his speech read on his behalf by senior assistant director in the technical education Peris Adema Matindi said the technical institutions can contribute significantly in providing the bedrock for the transformation of human resource skills.

“The production systems for technological and knowledge transformation will lead to the requisite economic stimulus as well as enhancement of the country’s international competitiveness,” he added.

The speech was during the 6th graduation ceremony at Nyeri Technical Training Institute where 826 students graduated and awarded with certificates and diplomas.

“With improved skills and efficiency, our informal sector can produce goods that can compete favorably with those from other countries thus saving the country’s valuable foreign exchange reserves,” added the director.

He lauded the Nyeri Technical Institute which has become the centre of excellence in electrical and electronics engineering adding that the Government with the help of development partners is committed to equipping this department with modern and state of the art equipment.
Wambayi advised the students to prepare adequately so as to position themselves for future active involvement in the rapidly progressing knowledge economy.

The institute principal Francis Mbogo said the institution might become a national polytechnic in the near future.

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