Turkana Unveils Soft-Skills Training for Final Year TVET Learners
Turkana has introduced a soft skills training programme for final year students in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (Tvet) institutions across the county.
County Education executive George Emoru said the initiative dubbed "Youth Employability Programme" will integrate essential post-training skills on communication strategy, attitude and behavioural change to enhance the learners’ employability.
“The training will also incorporate teamwork, customer sensitivity, digital literacy, workplace awareness and entrepreneurial mindset as part of the learning programme offered before graduating,” said Emoru.
Speaking during the launch of the programme in Lodwar, Emoru said the first batch of eight tutors selected from Lodwar Vocational Training centre, Kalokol, Lokichar, Lorgum and Kaaleng youth polytechnics had completed the initial mentorship training and qualified as Trainer of Trainees. The second batch of six tutors from the same institutions will be graduating soon with the support of USAID-funded Kenya Livestock Marketing System (LMS) and Wadhwani Foundation.
Being at the pilot stage, Emoru said up to 420 students are targeted and each tutor is expected to handle up to 30 trainees.
He added that the programme will also be extended to commercially owned colleges in the county.
Speaking at the same event, Acting Trade, Gender and Youth Affairs executive Emathe Namuar said the world was witnessing a paradigm shift in labour needs in favour of vocational skills.
“More people are entering into self-employment hence the need to strengthen entrepreneurial capacities of final year students,” he said.
He encouraged the youth to take up loan facilities and business enterprise training currently offered by the Biashara Fund as well as the Youth and Women Empowerment Fund.