Trans Nzoia County has received Sh 39 million from the National Government to fund Technical Vocational Training.
The funds will be used for the purchase of Instructional materials that will ensure learning continues smoothly.
The National government is partnering with counties in support of Vocational Training Centers (VTCs) to encourage more enrollments.
National Assistant Director of Vocational Education and Training James Onyango said the initiative is meant to encourage youths to join the VTCs to acquire technical skills that will enable them become employees.
Onyango was speaking at the Kitale Vocational Training Centre in Mitume estate Trans Nzoia County where he led a team of monitoring and evaluation to empower Managers of VTCs and board of management in the prudent utilization of the funds.
If successfully utilized, Trans Nzoia County will qualify for another grant of Sh 53 million from the National government.
Onyango urged the government to develop structures in the VTCs to the levels that the youth appreciate noting that youth appreciate structures that are of good standards.
“If these institutions remain derelict then the youths shy away from them, that is the reason why the number of trainees is still low,” he said.
He also encouraged youth to venture into skill training to improve their social economic welfare.
“We also encourage parents to change their attitude towards skill training so that we move from the believe that skill training is for failed students and open this huge opportunity for employment that has so far not been fully exploited in our country where VTC are the best forum where unskilled youth who make majority of the youthful population can earn relevant and employable skills,” he explained.
The Assistant Director also encouraged VTCs that seek to develop services and products to utilize the local markets around them in marketing of those products and services.
“There is need to appreciate the local expectations in terms of standards and generally what the local market expects,” he noted.
He also encouraged VTCs to register contractual companies that can compete effectively in the bidding process whenever tenders are invited by the county governments.
“Through this they can even participate in tenders at the national level in the future,” he pointed out.
Trans Nzoia County Director of Vocational Education Training Eliud Lusweti said the county government has set aside Sh 10 million to compliment what the National government has given to the county.
He said another Sh 10 million has been set aside by the county government to support trainees from the VTCs with tools of trade when they complete their courses to kick start their own businesses.
Lusweti said insufficient instructional materials have interrupted learning at the VTCs but that the funds will go a long way in ensuring continuous learning.
Lusweti said 15 institutions in the county have registered to benefit from the fund out of the 29 VTCs.
He said the county has 2700 trainees at the VTCs hoping that with the partnership the number of trainees is going to double to at least 4000 trainees.