TVET Authority Board of Directors and management team today paid a courtesy call to Mombasa County CEC Education and Digital Transformation Dr Mbwarali Kame to discuss how to improve the Vocational Training Centres in the County and also increase their number.
Mombasa County has only two vocational centres – Mtongwe VTC and Mwagunja VTC. There is an ownership issue for Kisauni VTC. The community hasn’t fully transferred the VTC to the county.
The total enrolment for the three VTCs is around 895 trainees. The VTC offers courses ranging from carpentry and joinery, electrical installation, beauty and fashion, sign language, food and beverage, hospitality, and mariculture.
TVETA has assessed the three institutions and applauded the performance of Mtongwe.
The team led by Director Sammy Milgo pointed out that the three VTC are insufficient for the county and asked the CEC to consider building more centres to give more opportunities to the youth to access training and gain skills relevant to the job market.
They also embraced the County to take advantage of its location to training courses in the Blue Economy so that the youth can get jobs in the maritime industry. Additionally, the County should work to improve the perception of TVET so that more youth can enroll in the VTCs.
The CEC Dr Mbwarali welcomed the sentiments of the team and promised that the County is going to increase the number of VTCs in the county, with each sub-county getting at least one VTC so that more youth can enroll.