Later, the Director General of TVET Authority Dr. Kipkirui Langat held discussions with the Director of the East Africa Institute of Welding Mr. Ruto Lyoba.
The East Africa Institute of Welding is a private TVET institute offering specialized welding courses and is accredited to international welding certifications by the Canadian Welding Bureau as a ‘Test Center’.
The Institute therefore can test and qualify welders to the Canadian Welding Bureau standard CSA W47.1 enabling holders of this qualification to access welding jobs in Canada and other foreign countries where the certifications are recognized. The two explored ways of partnerships in the TVET sector to build the capacity of the TVET trainers in the welding trade to international certification, who will in turn pass on the skills to their trainees.
The DG also advised the director to consider having the Institute accredited as a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Centre for the welding trade. The TVETA team included Dr. Paul Wanyeki, the Ag. Director of Standards Development, Compliance, and Enforcement, and Mr. Japhet Ngeno the Assistant Director of Accreditation Services.