“Make use of this training opportunity – prepare young people to become job creators rather than job seekers.” Alison Chartres, Australia’s High Commissioner to Kenya, made the call to action at the opening of the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) trainer development short course in Nairobi. She challenged the course participants to explore realistic ways to enhance the TVET systems in their countries and contribute to their countries’ economic development.
She added that the delivery of the TVET short course responds to the Sustainable Development Goal 4, ‘inclusive and equitable quality education and the promotion of lifelong opportunities for all.’ She reiterated the support of the Australian Government in sharing sectorial expertise to help build the capacity of African professionals in TVET. The short course forms part of Australia’s development-assistance program, which recognises the importance that technical skills play to achieve economic development.
Dr Kevit Desai (the Principal Secretary of the Kenyan State Department of Vocational Technical Training) emphasised the need to standardise occupational standards to increase young people’s capacity and maximise opportunities. “Building capacity of our youth will help address job insecurity, contribute to national cohesion and create a value-chain of appreciation for the transformative value of TVET,” he said.
Queensland University of Technology is delivering the 12-week short course in partnership with TAFE Queensland and TVET Authority Kenya. The 25 participants from 11 African countries will have a chance to visit various TVET institutions in Kenya and Australia. The course will equip them with skills to recognise contemporary issues in TVET, within the African context, and help them implement a competency-based training and assessment system.