, NAIROBI, Kenya Mar 12 – Kenya Power has obtained a license from the government to transform its training school in Ruaraka to a regional institute for energy studies.
Kenya Power Managing Director Ben Chumo said the revamped institution, to be known as Institute of Energy Studies and Research (IESR), will provide training solutions for the power sector that will benefit partner states in the Northern Corridor.
“A recent Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit held in Kigali Rwanda recommended that the Kenya Power Training School be elevated as the regional hub for power generation, transmission, distribution and interconnectivity. This decision as arrived at in recognition of the institution’s key role in human resource development in the region,” Chumo said.
Chumo said IESR will support the company’s operations as well as meet research and training needs for the energy sector and industry in line with development plans of the country and the region as a whole.
He was speaking during a partnership signing ceremony between the company and the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) that will see the two entities build collaboration in research, training, and technological innovations.
“This partnership is inspired by our mutual objectives in promoting and accelerating the training of skilled labour in the country. It is our shared hope that through the partnership we will create the best enabling environment for advances in meeting the demands for the labour market,” he added.
JKUAT Vice Chancellor Mabel Imbuga, said the partnership signing marks an important period in the life of the institution as it endeavours to strengthen linkages with corporate organisations.