Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor Eng. John Barorot has called upon the youth to embrace technical training to acquire technical skills that will make them employable and also create employment.

Speaking when he received the torch for Centenary TVET 100-year celebrations and flagging off the Caravan at the County Headquarters, Eng Barorot said youth should not be ashamed of joining technical training institutions to get skills and knowledge that allow them to become job creators.

Eng. Barorot further urged TVETS institutions to introduce Information Technology as a service course so that their graduates would be more marketable in the increasingly digital world.

The country is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of TVETs this year.

The caravan aims to popularise technical education.

The Deputy Governor said, “As a county government, through the TVETS, we are committed to providing students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their chosen career and to help address any skills gaps in the job market.”

In addition, Barorot said in today’s competitive job market, employers increasingly value the tangible skills and industry-specific competencies imparted by TVET institutions.
Barorot further said many government programmes were going on that required technical skills from technical institutions

“The ongoing affordable housing plans, construction of County Aggregation and Industrial Park and the ultra-modern market will present an opportunity for our youths ready with skills to engage in nation-building efforts,” he said.

County Executive Committee Member for Education and Vocational Training, Anthony Sitienei expressed the need to come up with initiatives such as organising grassroots groups, carrying out awareness campaigns and mobilization to advocate youth to enrol in technical courses and yield positive income.

He said youths must stop taking a back seat and be at the forefront in promoting TVETS as a key ingredient for economic transformation and job creation.

Turbo, Deputy County Commissioner, Charles Igiha, appealed to candidates to join TVET.

He said “Only twenty per cent of last year’s candidates joined campus and the rest joined TVET,” adding that these institutions provide opportunities for the youth to get employment and to be self-employed.

Chief Officer for Vocational Training Marion Birgen, Principals from various TVETs, Directors for Vocational Training Phyllis Lagat, and Deputy Director Stephen Kemoi (Vocational Training) among other county officials were present.