Enhancing TVET Institutions through Robust Partnerships and Industrial Collaborations in Kakamega County, Kenya

Authors : Vitalis O. Ayieko; Peter Okemwa; Dr. Kyalo Muthoka

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 9 - September

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8366698

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions play a crucial role in equipping the Kenyan workforce with the skills needed to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving job market. To ensure the effectiveness and relevance of TVET programs in Kakamega County, Kenya, it is imperative to foster strong partnerships and collaborations with industries. This paper explores the significance of such partnerships and their impact on the development and growth of TVET institutions in the country. The objectives of this study are: to identify the various forms of collaboration utilized to align TVET curricula with industry demands; to assess the strength of partnerships and industrial collaborations between TVET institutions and industries in Kakamega County; to examine the challenges faced by TVET institutions and industries in establishing and maintaining partnerships and collaborations. A descriptive approach was employed for data collection comprising surveys. The analysis of data was facilitated by the use of Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) and presented in the form of tables, charts, and graphs. Participants included Industrial Liaison Officers (ILOs), heads of TVET institutions, employers of TVET graduates and trainees. The findings revealed that effective internships were the main form of collaboration between TVET institutions and industries. The study also highlights some challenges, including financial constraints and disparities in expectations between the industries and TVET graduates. Addressing these challenges is crucial to fostering a robust and sustainable collaboration. In conclusion, this paper emphasizes the significance of robust partnerships and industrial collaborations in elevating the quality and relevance of TVET institutions in Kakamega County, Kenya. By fostering strong ties with industries, TVET institutions can better equip their students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and experience to excel in the workforce. The findings of this study can serve as a valuable resource for educational policymakers, institutions, and industry stakeholders seeking to create a sustainable and mutually beneficial ecosystem for vocational education in the country.

Keywords : Skills, Partnerships, and Collaborations.


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