//LAUNCH OF THE YOUTH TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR HOMA BAY COUNTY

LAUNCH OF THE YOUTH TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR HOMA BAY COUNTY

REMARKS BY THE PERMANENT SECRETARY STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR; DR. KHADIJAH KASSACHOON; DURING THE LAUNCH OF THE YOUTH TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR HOMA BAY COUNTY HELD AT NITA HEADQUARTERS ON WEDNESDAY, 9TH MAY 2018.

 

THE CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY MINISTRY OF PUBLIC SERVICE YOUTH AND GENDER AFFAIRS; HON. RACHAEL SHEBESH;

 

HOMA BAY COUNTY WOMEN REPRESENTATIVE HON. GLADYS WANGA;

 

DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL TRAINING AUTHORITY MR. PAUL KOSGEI;

 

MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND SOCIAL PROTECTION AND PUBLIC SERVICE YOUTH AND GENDER AFFAIRS OFFICIALS PRESENT;

 

MEMBERS OF NITA MANAGEMENT PRESENT;

 

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS;

 

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN;

 

GOOD MORNING!

I AM HAPPY AND PRIVILEDGED TO BE WITH YOU THIS MORNING AS WE WELCOME OUR BENEFICIARIES AND CHART FORWARD WAYS AND AVENUES OF LEVERAGING ON THE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION FUND TO AID IN STRENGTHENING INDUSTRIAL TRAINING IN KENYA.

FIRST, I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY ON BEHALF OF THE MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND SOCIAL PROTECTION TO APPRECIATE THE MINISTRY OF PUBLIC SERVICE, GENDER AND YOUTH AFFAIRS AS WELL AS HON. GLADYS WANGA FOR THE INITIATIVE YOU HAVE TAKEN TO ENSURE THAT YOUTH ARE WELL EQUIPPED FOR INDUSTRY. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO APPRECIATE THE BOARD AND MANAGEMENT OF NITA FOR EXECUTING YOUR MANDATE AND PLAYING YOUR PART AS A RECOGNIZED REGULATOR OF INDUSTRIAL TRAINING IN THE COUNTRY.

 

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN;

INDUSTRIAL TRAINING IMPROVES THE SKILLS SYSTEM AND HELPS RAISE EMPLOYMENT, INDUSTRY PRODUCTIVITY AND DRIVE INDUSTRIES UP THE VALUE-CHAINS, CONTRIBUTING TO POVERTY REDUCTION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. IT IS THE BASIS FOR COMPETENCE BASED TRAINING WITH DEMAND RATHER THAN SUPPLY BEING ITS DRIVING FORCE.

OVERALL, DEMAND FOR SKILLS IS USUALLY AFFECTED BY FACTORS LIKE ECONOMIC CHANGES, URBANIZATION AND MIGRATION, DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES, AND THE COUNTRY’S MEDIUM- AND LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT GOALS. SKILLS SUPPLY IS THEN DETERMINED BY THE AVAILABILITY, QUALITY, AND RELEVANCE OF SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AND BY POLICY INTERVENTIONS THAT AFFECT THEIR MANAGEMENT, GOVERNANCE, AND FINANCING. CLOSER HOME SOME OF THE CHALLENGES INDUSTRIAL TRAINING FACES TODAY ARE THE INADEQUACY OF TRAINING FACILITIES, RELEVANCE OF THESE FACILITIES AS WELL AS RELEVANCE OF ADEQUATE CURRICULA. THE TRAINERS’ LEVEL OF QUALIFICATIONS IS ALSO ANOTHER CHALLENGE THE INDUSTRY FACES IN THIS DAY AND TIME.

 

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN;

MATCHING DEMAND AND SUPPLY IS CRUCIAL FOR AN EFFECTIVE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM AND DEPENDS ON CLOSE COORDINATION BETWEEN GOVERNMENT, THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND TRAINING PROVIDERS. UNFORTUNATELY, WE ARE WITNESSING SCENARIOS WHERE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT IN KENYA IS CHARACTERIZED BY THE PRESENCE OF NUMEROUS PLAYERS WHO ARE IN COMPETITION WITH DUPLICATED ROLES AND MANDATES BASED ON SEPARATE ACTS OF PARLIAMENT.

 

I AM CONFIDENT HOWEVER, THAT NITA WILL PLAY ITS ROLE IN ENSURING THAT SKILLS TRAINING IN THE INDUSTRY MATCHES THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTED BEST PRACTICES AS THE AUTHORITY SEEKS TO TRANSFORM INDUSTRIAL TRAINING AS WE KNOW IT. IT THEREFORE FOLLOWS THAT IT IS CRUCIAL FOR YOU TO ENSURE THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING CENTRES IS A PRIORITY IF THE COUNTRY IS LOOKING AT MEETING AND SURPASSING THE EMERGENT NEEDS OF INDUSTRY.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN;

IT IS ALSO CRITICAL THAT QUALITY CONTROLS ARE INSTITUTIONALIZED AS WE SEEK TO MAKE A VIABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PILLARS OF KENYA’S VISION 2030 BLUEPRINT WHICH ARE ANCHORED ON ECONOMIC STABILITY, WEALTH CREATION OPPORTUNITIES, INFRASTRUCTURE, TECHNOLOGY, HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT AND SECURITY.

AS I CONCLUDE, I WISH TO EMPHASIZE THAT THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND SOCIAL PROTECTION WILL STRIVE TO SUPPORT AND SUSTAIN SUCH INITIATIVES THAT ARE GEARED TOWARD MAKING KENYA A SKILLED GLOBAL FORCE TO RECKON WITH.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN;

ON BEHALF OF THE MINISTRY I WOULD LIKE TO WISH ALL THE BENEFICIARIES ALL THE VERY BEST AS THEY COMMENCE THEIR TRAINING.

THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU!

 

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