TVET Authority (TVETA) will partner with Schneider Electric, a French multinational company providing energy and automation digital solutions, to equip labs in TVET institutions with the latest technology equipment and offer training to TVET students in electrical technology, solar and automation programmes.

TVETA Director-General Dr Kipkirui Langat today hosted Schneider Electric General Manager East Africa Carol Koech and Anglophone Cluster Business Development Manager Geraldine Sande where the partnership was discussed.

Schneider Electric, which operates in more than 100 countries has set out to equip the labs of selected TVET across the country and skill around 25,000 young people in the East African region.

“We will equip the labs with all the required equipment in the areas of electrical and electronic technology. We will then build the capacity of trainers and work together to offer a three months training to youths in the selected areas,” Ms Koech said.

Schneider Electric has adopted the French government TVET curriculum. However, the company with work with the Ministry of Education, TVETA and other stakeholders to localize this curriculum so that it can fit the requirement of the CBET curriculum, assessment and certification framework.

“We are already working with two private TVET institutions Don Bosco and Easlands College of Technology in this project. But we now look to work with the government to scale up the uptake of this programme and have the targeted number of trainees access the training. Our target is to reach out to more public TVET institutions so that youths without skills from disadvantaged backgrounds and special needs institutions can access these labs and benefit from the training opportunities,” Ms Koech said.

TVETA DG Dr Langat welcomed the partnership and promised that the Authority will help the company to identify the institutions that may benefit from the project and also help in streamlining the curriculum so that it can fit the CBET standards.

“We will also help you to link up this project and create synergy with other similar ones like the Young Africa Works project that is supported by Mastercard Foundation so that youths across the country can access these valuable opportunities,” Dr Langat said.

The Director-General said the two organisations will form a team to streamline the implementation of the project and later bring other partners on board, including the Ministry of Education to guide on policy issues, the Kenya Technical Trainers College (KTTC), the private sector and others.

The meeting was also attended by TVETA officers Josephine Kasera (Compliance), Dr Dominic Omboto (Research), Peris Njoroge (Standards Development) and Julius Serrem (Accreditation Services).