Trans Nzoia Revamps Vocational Training with Trainer Development and Center Restructuring.

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Trans Nzoia County officials are prioritizing quality training at vocational training centres (VTCs) by equipping trainers and managers and restructuring the number of centres.

Captain Stanley Kirui, the County Executive Committee Member (CEC) for Education and Vocational Training, emphasized the department’s commitment during the opening of a week-long training for over 125 trainers and managers at the Anderson Vocational Training Center.

“The department is committed to ensuring trainers get the prerequisite Competency-Based Education and Training (CBET) training to equip learners with the knowledge they need for the job market,” Kirui said.

This initiative aligns with Governor George Natembeya’s manifesto pledge to improve training quality across the county’s 32 VTCs. The training fulfils the TVETA (Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority) requirement for all trainers.

“The training will equip trainers with knowledge on assessing and examining learners based on the new TVET curriculum from the Ministry of Education,” Kirui explained.

The CEC announced that the county government has already approved capitation funding for all VTCs, pending approval by the county assembly. This move aims to address a significant challenge – lack of funds – that has hampered the centres’ operations.

Kirui also challenged trainers and managers to be proactive in attracting students. He highlighted that over 9,000 Trans Nzoia students scored D- and below in the last KCSE exams, and these students could benefit from vocational training.

The department plans to restructure VTCs by reducing the number from 32 to 25, with one centre per ward. “The quality of learning is paramount, not the number of institutions,” Kirui stated. “Reducing VTCs will allow us to focus on specialization and equip them effectively.”

Specialization is another key aspect of the department’s plan. The goal is to create clear distinctions in program offerings – hairdressing, plumbing, dressmaking, etc. – to better serve students’ needs.

“We also envision a centre of excellence, converting one of our VTCs into a model institution,” Kirui revealed.

Trans Nzoia County Director of Vocational Training, Eliud Khisa Lusweti, addressed human resource concerns. He assured acting managers of the department’s efforts to confirm their positions.

Furthermore, to address staff shortages, 56 new artisan and technician positions will be filled. Priority will be given to volunteers currently working in various VTCs.

Lusweti expressed gratitude to the county leadership for organizing the CBET training. “This is a motivating factor for staff and will significantly improve training standards across the county,” he concluded.

The department’s commitment to trainer development, funding allocation, and restructuring positions Trans Nzoia’s VTCs for a brighter future, ensuring students receive high-quality, job-market-oriented training.

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