At the signing table from left to right: Mr. M. Williams-LIWA Chairman; Mr. C. Akach – Principal, TKNP; Liz Kidd – VP CAN; Mr. Moritz Schmidt – CICan/KEFEP Representative and Mr. J. Munywoki – Principal, North Eastern National Polytechnic. Witnessing this historic moment on behalf of Kenya Government are Ag. TVET Director Dr. Meshack Opwora and Ms. Emily Maina
At the signing table from left to right: Mr. M. Williams-LIWA Chairman; Mr. C. Akach – Principal, TKNP; Liz Kidd – VP CAN; Mr. Moritz Schmidt – CICan/KEFEP Representative and Mr. J. Munywoki – Principal, North Eastern National Polytechnic. Witnessing this historic moment on behalf of Kenya Government are Ag. TVET Director Dr. Meshack Opwora and Ms. Emily Maina

At The Kabete National Polytechnic, from left to right: Dr. MeshackOpwora - Director TVET, Dr. Kevit Desai - Principal Secretary, State Department for Vocational and Technical Training, and Ms. Caroline Leclerc - Assistant Deputy Minister, Partnerships & Development, Canada. From extreme right: Dr. John Muraguri - CEO, Kenya Universities & Colleges Central Placement Services and Dr. Kipkirui Langat - Director General, TVET Authority. The Government of Kenya is implementing  Competence based  Education and Training Curriculum (CBET) that is expected to ensure provision of relevant and high qualityhuman resource for development. The CBET project that is being implemented for the next 5 years to a tune of Ksh 1.5 billion is being supported by the Canadian Government.


Speaking during the visit of the Canadian Assistant Deputy Minister at the Kabete National Polytechnic on March 21, 2018, Principal Secretary, State Department for Vocational and Technical Training, Dr. Kevit Desai said the CBET concept entails the involvement of industry in all aspects of training.
“This will include development of occupational standards, training programmes, facilitation of training as well as assessment.And it shall boost the entrenchment of CBET in our systems,” he said, noting that Canadians have made tremendous progress in the implementation of CBET.
Dr. Desai also statedthat the outcome of the collaboration between the two countries is to deliver industry responsive skills which are critical to achievement of Kenya’s Vision 2030 development agenda,by improving quality and relevance of skills training at partnering institutions.
The program is being implemented in ten National Polytechnics with a special focus on Agribusiness, energy and manufacturing sectors.
Dr. Desai emphasized that effective TVET system will play a key role in achievement of the big four Government agenda andand that the collaboration has come at the right time and will be instrumental in providing in developing a new enhanced competency programme that will not only increase employment andimprove economic environment but also increase effectiveness in implementing TVET reform.
Ms. Caroline Leclerc, Assistant Deputy Minister Partnership for Development Innovation in Canada said she was particularly impressed that the TheKabete National Polytechnic is showing great enthusiasm and commitment in providing the youth with skills that they need to get jobs and contribute to the society.
Ms. Leclerc specifically noted it was important that girls also get enrolled in TVET institutions and beyond that be given opportunity to develop the necessary type of skills to attain their potentials.
She noted that women need to be brought on board in non-traditional skills such as engineering and welding which offer huge jobopportunitiesfor Kenya. “We in Canada believe that working on gender equality  and girls empowerment  is an effective conduit to achieving development goals since females represent half of the society, but they are often marginalized in access to services, schools, or even in decision making”, she said
Leclerc explained that if women were to be empowered and be made part of decision making we can increase economic growth, increased health for the betterment and success of community.
Eric Kayere from Kenyan for Employment Programme (KEFEP) said that they are running the 5 year programme. He said the development and implementation of the CBET model is integrated into the Kenyan TVET Act.
He added that the gender equality being promoted by KEFEP will be able to increase economic opportunities for female and male graduates from TVET institutions in the country.
“The KEFEP programme will see gender incorporated in the selection of curricula that ensures courses are attractive, suitable forboth men and women,”Kayere said
The 5 year project is being implemented by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education’s Directorate of TVET and it will involve 10 Kenyan TVET institutions and 17 Canadian colleges on three thematic partnerships, focusing on policy implementation, marketing and branding TVET.