By Laura Miranyi
Development of competency-based curriculum is predominantly informed by the Training Needs Assessment and Labor Market Information which identifies the knowledge skills gaps and the industry relevant employability skills. The Kisumu National Polytechnic embarked on a rigorous process to design and develop competency-based curriculum that aims to bridge the niche in building a successful employment transition of trainees to industry and creating strong Industry TVET partnerships.
TKNP, in liaison with industry experts from the textile technology, joined hands to develop six curricula in the key areas of spinning and weaving technology. The programs include levels 6, 5, and 4 which are Diploma, Craft and Artisan, respectively. In Level 6 TKNP has developed Spinning Technology and Weaving Technology.
In Level 5 we have Spinning Maintenance Technology and Weaving Maintenance Technology. In Level 4 we have Spinning Operations and Weaving Operations. The Courses developed are in the final stages of evaluation and approval by relevant authorities before receiving accreditation from the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority and the Kenya National Qualifications Authority.
TKNP, through the EASTRIP project, has also commenced the process of developing ten Short Term Skill-based Courses. Currently, six of the programs are in stakeholders’ validation stage.
The Short Courses include Machine Operations (ginning, mercerizing, bleaching, and dyeing), Computerized Embroidery Machine Operations, Tailoring, Fashion and Design and Blow Room Operations. Other four short courses are in development stage and will be helpful in attaining skills in textile technology for those who did not successfully complete secondary school.
The Writer is a communication Officer at The Kisumu National Polytechnic College