TVET Authority Director-General Dr Kipkirui Langat today paid a courtesy call on the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Choi Yeonghan to discuss possibilities of further collaboration beyond the currently ongoing BEAR II project.

BEAR II is a joint effort between UNESCO and the Republic of Korea to improve the TVET systems of five beneficiary countries in Eastern Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, the United Republic of Tanzania and Uganda). TVET Authority coordinates the implementation of the project in Kenya.

Dr Langat, who was accompanied by five heads of sections told the Ambassador that after guiding the implementation of the BEAR II project, the Authority has discovered some opportunities that can be tapped and supported by the Republic of Korea to strengthen the TVET sector in the country.

Such areas of collaboration included the strengthening of research in TVET, which is currently undertaken by the Authority. The research will help in providing the government with sound advisory necessary in policy decision making.

“As an Authority, we are looking at the possibility of creating collaboration with the Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (KRIVET) for joint research in the TVET sector. These should also include capacity building our staff and the publication of the research,” Dr Langat said during the meeting held at the Ambassador’s Boardroom.

Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (KRIVET) and the Korea Labour Institute (KLI) are responsible for conducting research related to vocational education and training. KRIVET also conducts research on qualification frameworks, the development and provision of TVET programmes, the management of qualifications, the assessment of TVET institutes and courses, and the provision of career information and counselling.

The Ambassador acceded to the request and said that he will connect TVETA with KRIVET for discussion on the proposed partnership.

He also advised the DG to incorporate in the partnership, participation in WorldSkills Competition, pointing out that Korea has earned its development largely through the participation in WorldSkills Competition.

“WorldSkills Competition is important because it motivates students to build their skills when they participate and win medals. Furthermore, participating in the competition is good evidence that the students have acquired the skills and are ready for the industry. Most companies use the competition to hire young people,” he said.

Dr Langat informed the Ambassador that the government is also focused to participate in the competition and already WorldSkills Kenya has trained all the stakeholders. A fortnight ago, WSK also held a pilot competition in Mechatronics and another pilot is in the works in Mechanical Engineering CAD. Kenya is also preparing a team to take part in WorldSkills Africa slated for March in Namibia.

“We want to use WorldSkills Competition to build the confidence of our young people and also help them to build networks with their peers and the world of work,” Dr Langat said.

Dr Langat was accompanied by heads of sections Dr Otta Osawa (Research and Development) Bibiana Otieno (Outreach Services), Fred Oanda (Accreditation Services) Timothy Nyongesa (Strategy and Planning and James Momanyi (Corporate Communication).