, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 29 – The Technical University of Kenya has signed a Sh10Mn contract with the Chinese Embassy in Kenya that will see TUK develop and export spare parts to China.
TUK Vice-Chancellor Dr. Francis Aduol and Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Dr. Liu Xianfa signed the agreement during the awarding of 20 participants of the Africa Tech Challenge season four at Radisson Blu Hotel.
The Challenge which was launched in November and aimed at empowering the youth through employment creation, sought to advance the participants skills in brick-laying, carpentry and steel works.
Speaking at the event, Education Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Amina Mohammed lauded the efforts made by AVIC International to empower the youth through skills development.
She highlighted the importance of technical skills development as the country works towards industrialization.
“I would like to congratulate the amazing young people that we are here to recognize today. They underwent a demanding rigorous training, and emerged successful,” She continued.
Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Chief Administrative Secretary Rachel Shebesh noted the role that AVIC is playing in facilitating the delivery of this alternative in the Kenyan Education system
“Business cannot thrive where there are no people with the skills, work ethic and commitment to do what needs to be done. Apprenticeship training models are an immense advantage as they ensure that skills and business acumen gained at automatically aligned with the demands and supplies of a dynamic hence rapidly changing society,” she reiterated.
According to AVIC International’s Executive Vice President, Dr. Liu Jun, the company strongly believes in the empowerment of the youth to enable them create employment for themselves and imparting skills that make them ready for the opportunities available in the market.
“Our partnership with the Ministry of education, has allowed us the privilege of establishing a TVET program since the year 2010 that has seen us equip more than 60 TTIs and train more than 20,000 trainers,” said Jun.
The challenge saw more than 20 participants receive certification and get confirmed for employment with AVIC International at the site of the Global Trade Centre estimated to be completed by 2022.