Youths in Bungoma county have been asked to take the advantage of opportunities in technical training centers and enroll for courses.
Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) for the Ministry of Education, State Department of Vocational Training Zack Kinuthia said these institutions are key drivers to youth employment.
“VTCs and TTIs are key drivers to youth employment, I challenge our young men and women who have graduated from secondary schools to take advantage of the adequate training opportunities because this is where the future is,” he said.
The CAS who is on a three day tour in Bungoma county was speaking at Cheptais Vocational training center in Mt.Elgon, where he visited the institution to assess the Infrastructure needs of VTCs and their preparedness to play a role in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
Kinuthia announced that the national Government has allocated Ksh.10 billion that is to be shared among all VTCs across the country.
The sharing formula will base on the population of the enrollment of each center.
He added that the National Government disburses Ksh.15,000 to every student who enrolls in VTCs.
Deputy Governor Prof. Charles Ngome on his part, said the County Government is keen on equipping VTCs and providing other requirements, including drilling boreholes in schools and providing adequate health services.
CAS Visited Mteremuko, Chaptais and Chwele Vocational training centers. He is expected to visit more VTCs.
Present were; Education executive Dr. Betty Mayeku, Director Vocational training Engineer Mutinda Mwaa.
Others were County Director Education and vocational training Cyrus Wanyonyi, Director General KNQA Dr. Juma Mukhwana, County Commissioner Samwel Kimiti among other officials.