Industry-TVET partnerships enhance practical skills of trainers

Industry-TVET partnerships enhance practical skills of trainers

By Laura Miranyi

Tertiary institutions of learning are increasingly incorporating new and improved training methodologies. Industry-TVET partnerships have provided instrumental platforms for staff exchange programs. This key concept is an inevitable practice in narrowing skills gap and is gaining momentum over other existing array of training methodologies. TKNP has in the recent past valued and married staff attachment as an integral part of training.

TKNP trainers in Rivatex East Africa Limited undergoing attachment assessment. This is part of the training that equips them with technical skills in textile technology to be competitive in delivery of competency-based curriculum.

The Regional Flagship TVET Institute for Textile Technology (RFTITT) embarked on a journey of institutionalizing industry linkages. The Centre developed a blueprint of the Staff Attachment plan from the National Project Coordinating Unit. This initiative of the Centre informed the objectives of the staff exchange program and led to the placing of trainers from textile department to the industries.

Our trainers were placed in different textile industries for attachment where they had enormous experience. Mrs Beatrice Abura, who was attached in Spin Knit Limited – an industry dealing in acrylic fibre processing, said that “In textile acrylic, productivity which is the ratio of output per unit of input has great influence on yarn and fabric production”, she added that “Every detail of production is well taken care of, and a total of zero waste is almost being achieved”. The trainers acknowledged the need for continued Industry – TVET partnerships for skills enhancement and transformation.

The Writer is a Communication Officer at Kisumu National Polytechnic College.

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