Standard Group CEO Orlando Lyomu yesterday assured Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions the continuation of the partnership to ensure that more Kenyans have access to technical skills.
Mr. Lyomu said the company is keen to partner with future technical training institutions to support their growth.
A memorandum of understanding signed between the Group and the Kenya Association of Technical Training Institutions (KATTI) in 2016 bore fruit after technical institutions registered a high number of registrations and the government introduced scholarships for students.
The efforts, he said, created a lag from the scramble for college degrees that had seen many technical institutions convert to public universities.
The CEO was speaking at a capacity building training for TVET directors and deputies in Mombasa County. The Group is the media sponsor.
He said the advocacy was carried out through the Technical and Vocational Training Journal and other platforms which saw the Group provide training opportunities for students.
“We provided a platform for publicity and awareness and as a result some institutions were overstaffed. We are pleased that students at technical training institutions have been deemed worthy of government grants, ”he said.
Adapted media solutions
The CEO said the group was ready to sit down with the leaders of future TVET institutions and come up with appropriate media solutions that will increase their enrollment and ensure growth.
“There are institutions that will be better served by the print media while others will need radio or digital platforms. We have to sit down with the institutions to come and find solutions. We are willing and ready to offer solutions to customers, ”he said.
He responded to calls from the managers of future technical establishments who requested strong support from the Group to increase the number of students.
“We need to embrace technical training to support the future. We need to prepare students to integrate into the digital space. We need to prepare our students for the future, ”said the CEO.
KATTI General Secretary Maren Omondi said vocational training institutions across the country are seeing a high number of enrollments, especially after the government introduced a 30,000 shillings capital grant for every student enrolled through Kenya. Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS).
Omondi, who is the director of the Ramogi Technical Institute for Advanced Technologies, said additional students can apply for loans from the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB).
“We have witnessed a high enrollment rate at TVET institutions as many needy students can enroll in the courses and benefit from the capitation grant,” she said.
Meanwhile, the deputy internal auditor general of the Ministry of Education, Alice Kaguongo, while answering questions from principals who complained about not receiving seat allowances, told them that the secretaries of the Boards of Directors (BOGs) of their institutions should seek approval. boards of directors so that they are taken into account for seat allowances.
She said the supervisory boards of Tvet institutions and directors cannot collect allowances without their express approval.
“The BOGs should sit down and decide whether or not to grant seat allocations to principals,” she said.