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NITA Mombasa admits new apprenticeship students

The National Industrial and Training Authority (NITA) Mombasa has admitted the sixth cohort of apprentices sponsored by Titanium Base firm to undergo a two year Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) skills.

NITA Director General, Stephen Ogenga, lauded the Kwale County based mining company for aligning its community empowering programme to the goals set out in the national government’s vision 2030 pillars and the Big 4 agenda.

“I would like to state that such collaborations will go a long way in fostering long term relations and enhancing national growth as we strive to achieve the vision 2030 and the Big-4 Agenda, while meeting Kenya’s requirement of skilled workers who are innovative and proficient technologically,” he added in his speech during the launch of the programme.

Ogenga further stated that the new cohort of 21 trainees will be exposed to entrepreneurial knowledge and skills that would subsequently facilitate their smooth entry into self-employment. Since 2017, NITA Mombasa has trained 99 apprentices.

The DG said the training and skills offered by NITA would help the youth develop the skills they need for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship and also address the current economic, social and environmental demands in the labour market.

He also stated that NITA has marked the formal commencement of the authority awarding national qualifications as defined in the Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) policy. 

NITA board Chairman Dr Kamau Gachigi, praised the titanium mining firm for hiring local professionals and providing them with professional training and technical skills transfer and exposing them to mining practices of global standards.

“What they have done is a deliberate and conscious decision to ‘Kenyanise’ the company by appointing Kenyans to key mining processing sections and this is crucial in terms of transfer of skills and expertise. It is a proud moment for me to stand here today to launch this apprenticeship programme,” added Gachigi.

He challenged other companies to emulate the firm in enhancing the quality of expertise and skills of local professionals, hence contributing towards the government policy on revamping the manufacturing sector and spur economic growth.

“As evidenced by today’s launch, it is clearly important that the promotion of apprenticeships through collaborations such as these and other forms of work-based learning should be consistent with the pursuit of decent work,” he added.

Base Titanium General Manager Denham Vickers said the firm spends an average of Sh 70 million annually on various training and educational and community empowerment projects including the youth apprenticeships programme.

“We have so far trained 300 students from various institutions to undergo graduate training programmes in mining, shipping, technologies and safety and we have hired about 69 percent of the beneficiaries,” stated Vickers.

Base Titanium General Manager Denham Vickers gives keynote address during the launch of NITA-Base Titanium apprenticeship programme launch at NITA offices, Mombasa

He further added that since 2014 his firm is also involved in the community empowerment programme around mining sites and Likoni port facility, benefiting 75 individuals, 29 of them were employed, with 46 community organizations receiving various support incentives.

“We have also implemented Employees’ skilling, reskilling, and upskilling programs ensuring our workforce has the necessary and correct skills to perform their day-to-day jobs by nominating them for both local and international short term and long-term projects,” he added.

Besides the youth apprenticeship programme, Base Titanium is also partnering with NITA Mombasa in Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) project, where 40 employees benefited in skills recognition.     

This is in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive to the Kenya National Qualifications Authority to come up with a comprehensive plan under which youths in the Jua Kali sector can be awarded certificates based on the skills they have acquired at work and without having to seek formal education.

The President said the policy would address unfairness in tendering for contracts, which often locks out Jua Kali artisans and craftsmen due to lack of academic papers.

 

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