Nyahururu, 15th December, 2017, Laikipia county government is offering incentives to students to raise enrollment in vocational and technical training institutes in the county.
Some of the vocational institutes are on the verge of closure due to low enrollment.
To change the trend the county government has set aside Sh16 million for bursaries for at least 2,000 students who will join vocational and technical training institutes in the 2017/18 financial year.
“The eight operational Vocational Training Institutes (VTIs) are expected to
play the crucial role of imparting hands -on, meaningful and sustainable
skills for employment and self-employment to our youth,” Governor Ndiritu Muriithi said yesterday.
The institutions, he added, will be refurbished, their workshops equipped hostels build to improve learning.
“We are recruiting trainers and tutors for these institutions and are linking them with industries for relevant skills uptake, internship and technology transfer all aimed at bringing their quality of training to a world class level,” he said.
The county government will carry out a market survey to identify what skills are in demand to align vocational and technical training institutes’ courses to market demands.
The Laikipia East and Laikipia North Technical Training Institutes are expected to enroll their pioneer students in January while the stalled construction of Laikipia West TTI will resume immediately.
All the eight vocational training institutes are expected to increase their enrolment to a minimum of 200 students each by the end of March.
The regional government is putting in place a robust internship programme for students from the technical institutes which include among others incentives to SMEs to take interns. In addition it is seeking partnership with the private sector to support skills development. GPS-Laikipia