NATIONAL TVET CONFERENCE NOVEMBER 2023
Under the theme, “Enhancing Industry-Driven Skills Development for Youth Employability”, a three-day National TVET conference closed on Friday November 17, with a focus on strengthening the ties between vocational training and industry needs, addressing the critical issue of youth employability in Kenya.

The conference that was held in Nairobi saw a convergence of key stakeholders from public and private sectors, TVET institutions, industry leaders, policy makers, and development partners.

The dual TVET programme – an educational approach that combines theoretical classroom instruction with practical workplace training – was the centre of attention at the conference that was organised by the State Department of TVET, under the Ministry of Education.
Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Education, Hon Ezekiel Machogu, graced the event as the chief guest.
In his opening remarks, he emphasised the significance of the conference, stating, “I am glad this conference brings together TVET and industry to dialogue and exchange ideas on subjects which are part of the reforms we are implementing in the sector.” He also highlighted the importance of the conference as a platform for reviewing achievements and addressing challenges in the sector, expressing confidence that “the outcome of the conference will help inform and guide the ongoing and future reforms and strategies on how to implement them”.
“I am glad this conference brings together TVET and industry to dialogue and exchange ideas on subjects which are part of the reforms we are implementing in the sector,” the CS said. He also highlighted the importance of the conference as a platform for reviewing achievements and addressing challenges in the sector, expressing confidence that “the outcome of the conference will help inform and guide the ongoing and future reforms and strategies on how to implement them”.

The conference was centred around promoting awareness of Dual TVET’s success in Kenya, spotlighting the benefits of industry participation in skill training, and developing practical recommendations for scaling up industry-driven skills development. The event also focused on promoting linkages and collaborations among stakeholders in the skills development ecosystem.

Finland’s Ambassador to Kenya, Pirkka Tapiola, lauded the efforts of all stakeholders in pursuing TVET-industry linkages. He noted the potential of Kenya’s young and growing population, stating: “TVET is cool, TVET matters and TVET is often the solution” for issues like inequality and economic advancement.
The programme is now scaling up to institutionalise Dual Training in all regions of Kenya, a four-year programme jointly financed by Finland and Germany, and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
The conference is a significant step towards aligning Kenya’s vocational training with industry needs and enhancing the employability of Kenyan youth, a crucial factor in the country’s journey towards economic development and prosperity.

The conference also featured exhibitions showcasing various projects that demonstrated the sector’s progress and potential. The Education CS lauded these exhibitions, remarking that they show the sector is on the right trajectory.
Wote Technical Training Institute was awarded the Best Overall innovation.

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PRINCIPAL’S WELCOME MESSAGE

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Wote Technical Training Institute has been in the forefront in the development of technology and thus our Institute motto ‘Excellence in Science, Innovation & Technology’

We have tried our best to objectively re-align our core functions to our objectives so that we become an integral part of the whole nation in realization of the presidential “Big Four” initiatives and Vision 2030.

For us to be nationally and internationally competitive, it was inevitable to review our strategic plan in order to place ourselves strategically in the global market.

Our Vision; “To be a technical training Centre of excellence in business and technology for all sectors of the economy” is our driving force to spur skills into economic competitiveness and as one of our pillars in the realization of Vision 2030.

In recognition of the important role that the Institute plays in our country, we have set out our strategic plan with the aim of providing quality training for the production of self-driven craftsmen, business and technical labor for the local and international market.

It is our commitment to utilize funds from Institute fees, Income generating unit, Government grants and development partners, to enable the Institute improve the infrastructure and development of human capacity that will lead to realization of our objectives.

Currently the Institute has diversified the courses to include Business Studies, CBET courses, Applied Science and Hospitality courses. The Institute is managed by a Board of Governors and the Government provides trainers in the various fields of study.

It has been noted that the expected growth in students’ enrolment at WOTE TTI, and with regard to the national/global trends in education, research and technology the founders’ vision has not been fully realized.

Finally, it is our ambition that Wote Technical Training Institute becomes a National Polytechnic in the near future.

Joshua K. Munywoki

Principal/Secretary, BOG

JOSHUA K.. MUNYWOKI, PRINCIPAL

THE CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF GOVERNORS MESSAGE

THE CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF GOVERNORS

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Wote Technical Training Institute was established with the aim of providing knowledge and skills to the people of Makueni County and beyond. In line with the government’s requirement that the management of all public institutions be governed through strategic plans, the Board of Governors decided to develop a strategic plan in line with MOE guidelines and Makueni County Integrated Development Plan as a road map in the achievement of Vision 2030 and beyond

The process of coming up with the strategic plan has been participatory, commencing from the various departments. Coming up with the document is one step, but for effective implementation the commitment of all interested parties is required.

Resources are also required in the implementation and we appreciate the framework that the Government has put in place to ensure Kenya realizes Vision 2030. The Institute shall take advantage of the renewed interest that the Government has in Technical and Vocational Education. During the implementation process, monitoring and evaluation shall go hand in hand so that we keep our goals in sight.

I appreciate the work done by the Institute community in the strategic planning exercise and wish them success during the implementation stage. I also assure them of the BOG’s full support.

Prof.Joseph Munyoki Mwinzi

Chairman, Board of Governors

PROF. JOSEPH MUNYOKI MWINZI, CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Wote  Technical Training Institute is a corruption free zone.