TVET Authority Director General Dr Kipkirui Langat today met the Serbian Ambassador to Kenya Mr Dragan Zupanjevac at his residence in Nairobi and discussed how Kenyan skilled workers can access training and employment in the Eastern Europe country.

During the meeting, the ambassador said that there is a deficiency of skilled and non-skilled workforce in his country in a number of sectors including agriculture and construction that can be bridged by technical and vocational graduates from Kenya’s TVET institutions.

He noted that his country is looking forward to recruiting, training and offering employment to Kenyan graduates with vocational skills in areas like plumbing, welding, driving, masonry, and workers in the agricultural sectors, among others.

“Kenya and Serbia share similarities in culture, and food and we have had a long history of collaboration between the two countries. That is why I am focused to have Kenyan craftsmen to be trained and get employment opportunities in Serbia because we currently have a labour deficit of skilled and not skilled labour,” the Ambassador said.

The Ambassador also said his government is also looking forward to building the capacity of graduates from vocational institutions and also establishing certification centres that prepare, assess and certify TVET graduates to work in the international market.

Dr Langat welcomed the Ambassador’s mission and offered that TVETA will come up with a proposal on how the Kenyan skilled workforce can access training and employment opportunities and create synergies amongst other agencies in the government to actualize the plan.

He added that the program will afford Kenyan graduates from TVET institutions decent jobs in line with the government’s agenda of creating employment opportunities for its trained workforce.

“As a regulator and coordinator of the TVET sector, TVETA will work on a framework proposal for this noble scheme and also bring on board the Ministries of Education, Foreign Affairs, Labour and other government agencies like NITA, NEA, NYS, and others so that we can work together in this program,” Dr Langat said.