Trans Nzoia County Equips Trainers on Competency-Based Education.

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The Trans Nzoia County government is equipping vocational training centre (VTC) instructors and managers with competency-based education (CBET) skills to enhance graduate employability.

A five-day training workshop kicked off at the Anderson VTC in Endebess sub-county, bringing together instructors and managers from all 32 VTCs across the county.

“This training is the first of its kind in Trans Nzoia,” said Eliud Khisa Lusweti, the county director of vocational training. “Governor George Natembeya, in his manifesto, emphasized technical and vocational training, and this training equips instructors to assess and train learners for competency-based jobs.”

Previously, Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) or National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) assessed trainees. However, the new industry body, Competency-Based Assessment and Development Centre (CBDA) will handle continuous assessments upon enrollment.

“We are happy the trainers will be competent to assess learners joining our VTCs,” said Lusweti. “Unlike before, graduates will be job-ready.”

Lusweti commended the efforts of CEC member for Education and Vocational Training Capt. Stanley Kirui and Chief Officer Ashton Mulupi for making the training a reality.

“This training equips instructors to effectively train learners and meet international technical training standards,” he said.

Lusweti urged stakeholders, including parents, to support Governor Natembeya’s initiative to equip youths with marketable skills.

He lauded Governor Natembeya’s support, highlighting that unlike other counties that train a select few VTCs on CBET, Trans Nzoia is empowering all instructors and managers to benefit youths.

Lusweti called upon county assembly members to allocate more budgetary resources to VTCs to ensure youths gain the necessary skills to serve the county and beyond.

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