By James Wakahiu.
The Government has set aside Sh40 billion to ensure every constituency in the country gets a new technical training institution, according to Kiambu County Woman Representative Ann Nyokabi Gathecha (below).
She said the initiative is aimed at empowering more than 11 million unemployed youth in the country with skills and competencies which will enable them be job creators and also secure employment.
Ms Nyokabi who spoke at Kilimambogo Technical Training Institute during the recent college’s graduation ceremony, said the country had a biting deficit of technicians such as plumbers, masons, carpenters and general Technicians. She said Kenya needed more of these experts as real estate sector continues to experience a skyrocketing demand for more technicians.
“The national government has a plan to establish a polytechnic in every constituency in the whole country, in Kiambu County we have started with Lari, Gatundu and Kikuyu constituencies which will be centres of excellence where the youth will also be trained on oil drilling. This will help the youth become self-reliant as they can do their own business or get employment,” said Nyokabi.
She said that her office has taken special concern in the training in technical skills and so far they have trained 400 students after getting over 3, 000 applicants for the courses which shows there is a need. “At the Thika Technical Training Institute we have educated more than 400 youth on courses like electrical installation, painting, plumbing, tailoring, bakery, catering, dress-making, wiring, masonry and welding and all of them are now earning from either being self employed on working for other institutions,” explained Nyokabi.
She said that instead of giving out bursaries in form of school fees her office saw a gap where youths who finish high school and don’t have the necessary technical training are enabled acquire these skills.
“We allocated 10 per cent of our budget which translates to Sh400,000 per constituency to train youth in each of the 12 constituencies in Kiambu County,’ she disclosed.
Nyokabi also said she has written a proposal to the national government to give tools and equipment to the trained youths so that they can set up their own businesses.
“In partnership with the technical institutions we have come up with a one month course for the youth to get training while the institutions are closed so that they can get the certificates. We have managed to train 400 youths most of whom were abusing drugs and living a reckless life and are now contributing to the economy,” she said.