Project Beneficiaries

Three East African countries, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania are participating in the first phase of the project. The Regional Flagship TVET Institutes were selected through a two-stage process: (a) a long list of centers nominated by the Government based on the selection criteria, national development priorities, and stakeholder consultation and (b) a final list of centers selected based on the recommendation by an independent technical committee according to the quality of initial proposals submitted as well as field visits conducted. Based on these principles of government nomination and competitive selection, 16 Regional Flagship TVET Institutes were selected from the three participating countries.
Sector Focus Center Name Country


Railway Dire Dawa Polytechnic College Ethiopia
Railway Ethiopia Railway Academy Ethiopia
Marine Kenya Coast National Polytechnic Kenya
Air National Institute of Transport Tanzania
Road Kombolcha TVET Polytechnic College Ethiopia
Building infrastructure Meru National Polytechnic Kenya
Highway infrastructure Kenya Institute of Building and Highway Technology Kenya


Power/energy General Wingate Polytechnic College Ethiopia
Geothermal KenGen Geothermal Institute Kenya
Hydro Arusha Technical College Tanzania


Tool making Federal TVET Institute Ethiopia
Textile/garment Hawassa TVET Polytechnic College Ethiopia
Textile Kisumu National Polytechnic Kenya
Leather DIT Mwanza Campus Tanzania
Agro-processing Holeta TVET Polytechnic College Ethiopia
ICT ICT DIT Dar es Salaam Campus Tanzania

Overall, the project aims to benefit the following:

  • Students enrolled in selected regional TVET Centers of Excellence and their partner institutions (non-project TVET institutes) in the country and across the region
  • Employers and targeted industries who will have access to a skilled workforce matched with their needs and standards
  • Faculty and staff from the selected regional TVET Centers of Excellence whose academic, technical, and pedagogical skills will be upgraded and who will function in an improved teaching environment with upgraded facilities and have opportunity to exchange knowledge and staff with other EASTRIP centers and countries.
  • Students, faculty, and staff in non-project TVET institutes partnering with the selected flagship TVET institutes who will benefit from knowledge sharing in good TVET management, program development, and instructional practices and from sharing of standards, curriculum, and training facilities.
  • Public and private TVET institutes within the East Africa region that will have access to a network of specialized trainers, a framework of core curricular competencies, quality assurance standards, and state-of-the-art facilities for up-to-date training of the workforce in priority sectors in the region.

What the TVETs are Expected to Achieve?

By the end of the six-year investment period, 16 institutes will have at least doubled their capacity and can collectively enroll 20,000 students on an annual basis in both long-term and short term training programs in the targeted disciplines.

Cumulatively, the project will have directly benefitted close to 60,000 students. It is also projected that at least 30 percent of the enrollment will be female students. At least 310 staff will benefit from industrial attachment programs and 230 staff will benefit from foreign exchange program at the end of the project. Employers in the targeted industries will also benefit from an expanded and more qualified pool of skilled labor.

In addition to the 16 regional TVET centers, the project’s institutional beneficiaries also include nistry of Education, the Federal TVET Agency, and Occupational and Competency Assessment and Certification Center in Ethiopia; Ministry of Education, Science & Technology, TVET Authority, Curriculum Development Assessment and Certification Council (TVET CDACC) in Kenya; and Ministry of Education, Science & Technology (MoEST), National Council for Technical Education (NACTE), Vocational Education & Training Authority (VETA), and Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU).

Furthermore, regional initiatives financed by the project, including an annual regional skills competition as well as incubation of a regional TVET council will help promote TVET in the region.