TVET Authority Director General Dr Kipkirui Langat today received a delegation from Ethiopia’s Ministry of Labour and skills, who are currently in the country for a study tour.

The delegation of 12 representatives from government and partner organizations was led by the Director General of the Tourism Training Institute Mr Getachew Negash Tekra.

During the meeting, TVETA Director of Strategy, Planning and Research Mr Timothy Nyongesa took the team through the mandate of TVETA, the TVET system in Kenya, the regulation of the sector, standards TVETA has developed, funding, achievements and the challenges facing the sector, among other issues.

TVETA DG Dr Langat enumerated the recent reforms in the sector and the strides made so far to strengthen the sector and increase enrolments in TVET institutions.

“We currently have around 500,000 trainees in TVET institutions but as a country we know to realise our aspirations, especially producing graduates that meets the demands of the labour force we need at least 3-5% of our population to be enrolled in TVET institutions. That is around 2.5 million trainees. As a government, we are working to achieve that.

The head of the delegation Mr Gatachew Tekra thanked the Authority for hosting them.

“We have learnt a lot, especially on issues to do with the quality and relevance of training offered in Kenya. The information has been insightful and we hope to learn more as we continue with our tour.

The study tour was informed by the Ethio-German TVET programme which is being supported by the German Development Bank.

The tour seeks to benchmark how the TVET systems in Kenya are structured, organized and financed; especially how the TVET college is cooperating with the industry, understanding the role of different TVET stakeholders and management of TVET leaders and teachers’ training.

At the end of the Tour, the team intends to understand how the quality assurance of TVET graduates (National Qualification Framework and Certification of Competencies) is carried out here in Kenya and also to find out a linkage of TVET colleges with Technical universities.

During the Study tour, the delegation will focus on three major occupational areas namely: Tourism and Hospitality, Manufacturing and Automotive.

The delegation will also be visiting Kenya Technical Trainers College, Thika Technical Training Institute, Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology, Kenya Utalli College and Imani Marianist Maria Training Centre in Diani.