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Adoption of the Dual Training System in Technical, Vocational Education, and Training (TVET) institutions in Kenya will combat poverty and bridge the skills gap among the youth.

During the 5th Graduation ceremony of Michuki Technical Training Institute in Murang’a County State Department for TVET Principal Secretary, Esther Muoria delivered Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu’s speech in which he noted TVET skilling is one of the most significant tools in combating poverty and bridging the skills gaps and thus the implementation of CBET continues to be key. “In ensuring that the TVET trainees are fully skilled, the Ministry of Education has continued to ensure that the implementation of CBET takes root in the TVET institutes to address unemployment and skills gap among the youth,” he said. 

1673 grandauds were conferred with Diplomas and Certificates in various TVET disciplines.

The government has partnered with industries and institutions to roll out the Dual Training system to ensure that students train 50 to 70 percent of their time in industry to enable them to gain practical skills and industrial exposure.

On her part, Dr. Muoria said that the department has received a lot of requests from different countries across the globe for young people to go and work in those nations because their populations are aging.

“My department has put in place an industrial liaison database of all the graduates, so that when such opportunities arise, we will be in a position to assist the graduates get jobs to empower them economically,” she said.    

The dual training system is a new system that is in line with the Competency-Based Education and Training (CBET) module for TVETs anchored in incorporating practical skills and knowledge from industries to trainees besides theories taught in the classrooms.

Anne Mbogo, the Chief Principal of the Institute said that last year in September, the Institution embraced CBET and started by offering 41 CBET curriculums in their learning programmes.

“We celebrate our trainers whose tireless efforts have gone to equipping the trainees with the necessary skills and discipline for a holistic TVET graduate,” she said adding that the institute is committed to bridging the gap between academics, knowledge, and practical skills.

Currently, Michuki Technical Training Institute has a student enrolment of 5179 trainees.

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