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Mohammed: SMEs, Technical Training to Drive Industrialisation

By Standard Reporter | March 6th 2015

NAIROBI, KENYA: The Industrialisation and Enterprise Development ministry is banking on development of industrial skills and Small and Micro Small Enterprises (SME’s) as a national priority to tackle youth unemployment.

Singling out skills development for technical human resources for the manufacturing sector, the Cabinet Secretary of Industrialisation and Enterprise Development Adan Mohammed said his ministry will facilitate youth programs to the needs of the priority sectors laid out in Kenya’s transformative drive towards industrialisation.

According to the Cabinet Secretary, a raft of measures, have already been undertaken such as the TVET Act 2013, introduction of the Competency Based Educational Training and governance and management of institutions offering Technical and Vocational Educational Training (TVET).

The progressive measures are expected to provide Kenya with technical trainees with employability professional and industry skills to pave the way for Kenya’s industrialisation as outlined in the country’s Vision 2030 strategy.

“It is a step in the direction if the country is to position itself with the demands needed to achieve industrialisation in line with the Vision 2030 dream which needs a technical human resource capable of creating an economic development society based on the blueprint,” said Mohamed.

He was speaking at a Nairobi youth conference hosted by the MasterCard Foundation and Youth Empowerment Institute intended to promote an innovative and entrepreneurial youth workforce able to transform Kenya’s economic and development agenda.

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