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JKUAT will provide vocational training from January

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JKUAT will provide vocational training from January


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The Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has been granted permission to establish a Technical and Vocational Training Institute (TVET) at its Karen campus in Nairobi.

It has been given the green light by the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority, the agency that regulates and coordinates TVET training in the country.

The institute, which will be headed by former JKUAT Mombasa CBD Campus Director Dr. Fridah Simba, is expected to admit students in January next year.

“On Monday, October 31, 2022, the Authority conducted an assessment at the institute’s facilities in Karen and tentatively gave the institute the go-ahead to announce January admission,” JKUAT said in a statement.

“The inspection focused on the adequacy of the physical infrastructure and resources, the curricula that have been developed, the staff, and the governance and management of the institute.” The approval is the culmination of months-long efforts by the university and other stakeholders at a time when the government is focusing on technical colleges in a bid to fuel the job market with artisans and technicians.

JKUAT Vice Chancellor Victoria Ngumi said the institution will explore modalities to help learners transition from vocational training to college degrees.

“In terms of training and transfer of skills, we are committed, as a university, to leaving no one behind. Every Kenyan child deserves a chance to learn skills that can empower them economically,” Prof Ngumi said.

TVET enrollment has reached an all-time high under the administration of former President Uhuru Kenyatta, with emphasis on reviving technical colleges, marking a break with the trend set by the late President Mwai Kibaki to convert mid-level colleges into universities.

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