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TVET The Best Investment for the Future, Uhuru Says on Job Prospects for Youth

by Robert Mwangi
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President Uhuru Kenyatta has reiterated the government’s commitment to supporting technical institutions.

Speaking at State House, Nairobi today, 28th January, the President said Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) holds the key to the country’s future.

Equipping young people with requisite skills would help them seek self employment rather that rely on the increasingly competitive job market.

“That was the dream of our founders. We lost it somewhere when we all came and started believing that the future was in everybody having a degree.

“But the truth of the matter is that the bulk of the jobs that are available for our people are through the use of talents. That’s why we have put emphasis on TVET to give our people the skills needed to satisfy the employment requirement of this century,” he explained.

Mechatronics Project

President Kenyatta spoke when he witnessed the handing over of a title deed for the 70-acres piece of land occupied by Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) to the National Treasury.

This follows an agreement between Kenya and Germany on land for a mechatronics project.

The German Government agreed to fund the project, but the land to be used must be publicly owned to avoid overlaps in future.

“As you are aware, during my visit to Germany, one of the areas I asked them to lend support was our TVET agenda – an agenda that I thought was very critical and important,”the President said.

Other institutions to benefit from the 20 million Euros project are Thika Technical Training Institute and Nairobi Institute of Technology.

He expressed his willingness to work with management of TVET institutions to give youth an upper hand in the competitive local and global markets.

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