The Principal Secretary State Department for Vocational and Technical Training Dr. Julius Jwan has today opened a one-week CBET Trainer and Assessor Development Course at the Kenya Technical Trainers College.

The programme is developed and delivered by TVET Authority. It is targeting KTTC trainers to retool and re-orient them to CBET implementation in readiness for training of trainers of institutions, both for pre-service and in-service.

The PS told the over 130 ToTs that re-orientating the trainers is one of the critical reform agenda that the government is undertaking to make TVET a key pathway for Kenyan youth.

“The success of CBET curriculum will be based on how well the trainers have been capacity build and embraced the system. We will not change TVET if we do not re-orient KTTC as an institution so that it can implement its mandate,” the PS said.

The PS said that the ministry is in the process of strengthening the linkages between TVET curriculum delivery with the industry so that both the trainers and trainees can have first-hand practical experience in the work environment.

During the opening ceremony, TVET Authority Director General Dr. Kipkirui Langat said that the Authority has developed training programmes that are aimed at improving the competencies and skills of trainers so that they are well prepared to deliver the same to trainees.

“This programme and others in the pipeline are some of the Continuous Professional Development that we are set to roll –out across the country to bridge the skill gap amongst trainers in TVET so as to ensure they are ahead of their trainees.”

“By the end of this one-week training, the trainers who shall have successfully completed the course, will be able to earn points as part of their continuous professional development,” the DG added.

KTTC Principal Dr. Edwin Tarno said the institution is geared to take up its position as the premier and focal institution for the training of TVET trainers in the country and region.

He thanked TVET Authority for developing this training programme that will build the capacity of the trainers in the institution ahead of the two-year in-service training programme that is targeting over 3,000 trainers currently training in various TVET institutions across the country.

The training will focus and prepare KTTC trainers on the delivery of Competence Based Education and Training (CBET) and Assessment, how they will conduct Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition; gender and inclusivity in CBET. The trainers will also be taken through session on how to integrate ICT in CBET Training and Assesment and how to conduct Internal Quality Assurance and Regulations in CBET.