Army of 1 million artisans flagship project

Leading mortgage financier, Housing Finance in partnership with the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology  have today launched a nationwide campaign targeting to train 1 million artisans by 2016 through its newly formed Housing Finance Foundation.

The programme christened, ‘Army of 1 million artisans flagship project,’ will focus on upgrading the skills of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions for sustainable economic development. The project was officially launched by President Mwai Kibaki in Eldoret.  TVET training is one of the key projects identified in Vision 2030 social pillar. Housing Finance becomes the first private firm to spearhead a Vision 2030 flagship project.

Housing Finance Managing Director, Mr. Frank Ireri said the project will ultimately prepare the students for gainful employment. “Technical and Vocational Education and Training is the weakest link in the entire education system yet we require a skilled workforce to roll out projects identified in Vision 2030,” said Mr. Ireri.

He said considerable investments in physical facilities and strong industry partnerships will be made to bring about learning which links technical training with economic expansion.“The campaign is expected to create a vibrant Small and medium sized enterprises sector with growth potential and employment opportunities for qualified skilled workers,” he added.

The programme will provide training for artisans with no formal training. Housing Finance intends to develop a data bank of certified artisans which firms can refer to when sourcing for various services. The campaign will support the implementation of The Technical and Vocational Education and Training bill, 2012. The bill seeks to institute a mechanism for promoting access and equity in training to assure standards, quality and relevance.

The bill seeks to shift TVET from time-bound, curriculum-based training to flexible and competency-based training.

TVET will shift from supply–led training to demand-driven training and aligned to the requirements of the Constitution.

Source: Housing Finance

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