The TVET Authority(TVETA) team led Director-General Dr Kipkirui Langat today held a consultative meeting with Maphum Nxumalo, Chief Operations Officer of Gijima company, an affiliate of the Guma group of companies in South Africa, to seek areas of partnership in the TVET sector in Kenya.

Gijima is one of South Africa’s leading ICT companies in Cloud & Outsourcing Systems integration. The company also deals with Human Capital Management and Training, Cybersecurity, and Unified Communications.

During the meeting, the company COO Maphum Nxumalo said the partnership seeks to bridge the skills gap, especially in the ICT space within the TVET sector.

TVET Authority Director General Dr. Langat said the consultative meeting is timely, calling for a concerted effort to make the project a success. Dr. Langat said a framework will be put in place to understand the core areas for consideration in the proposed partnership project. This will be preceded by a feasibility study to identify the cross-cutting needs in the TVET sector.

Dr. Kipkirui also reiterated the need to appreciate the emerging skill set such as the digital economy so as to create relevance in the TVET sector.

In short-term measures, Gijima seeks to provide assessment centres, provide 100 fully funded sponsorship chances to Train Trainers for a period of 7 months in South Africa and provide a national skills Database through automation of processes and procedures. Medium-term will see a development of a framework for skills development integration into large-scale national infrastructure projects.

The discussions will culminate in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) that will set the pace for the implementation of the project.