Social Solutions

Industry Relevant Technical Skills

Industry Relevant TVET Skills: For Youth Employability The Kenya Youth Employment program, an initiative funded by the World Bank assessed and confirmed that the second largest barrier to youth employment is the skills mismatch –what the youth are getting from TVET colleges and universities does not match what the employer/industry need. This is further compounded by lack of industry exposure/apprenticeship because much of what they learn in college is theory. Thus, Centurion systems Limited partnered with two highly esteemed companies; Krones LCS and Nairobi Bottlers Ltd in a unique and innovate way to upgrade the skills of students with the key objective to give students an opportunity to gain practical skills and experience to complement on their theory and develop industry relevant skills. This partnership created the Center of Excellence (CoE) For Food and Beverage Industry. The CoE came up with a 2 year apprenticeship program dubbed the Mechatronics Apprentice ...
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Dr. Kevit Desai Addressing Youth Unemployment at KTN

Dr. Kevit Desai Addressing Youth Unemployment at KTN Centurion Systems MD Kevit Desai was invited to talk about youth unemployment at KTN TV in July 2016. Dr. Desai who is also the chairman of TVET has been working hard on coming up with a programs to ensure the skill gap in the industry is reduced.These programs include the recently introduced apprenticeship program in partnership with Nairobi Bottlers and Krones. Dr. Kevit insisted that their is a need for national dialog to address this issue. "Skill Development in this country is only and economic benefit but also a powerful opportunity to address prosperity but we should also think that these skills need to be handed out systematically as part of our culture. This requires requires everyone's participation during the hands on the future skills event on September 2016" Said Dr.Desai. The Hands on the Future National TVET Conference & Kenya Skills ...
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Education for Sustainable Development

In Kenya Vision 2030, the blueprint for economic and social development, the Kenyan government has identified the manufacturing sector as one of the key productive sectors which can spur economic growth and development because of its immense potential for wealth creation, employment generation and poverty alleviation. The Kenya Vision 2030 Medium Plan 2 (2013-2017) states that the overall goal of the sector is to increase its contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by at least 10% per annum. Kenya’s manufacturing in the SME sector is also significant, accounting for over 10% of total manufacturing sector output. Despite the numerous opportunities, harnessing the potential for economic development within the manufacturing sector towards realizing industrial development of Kenya is threatened by numerous systemic constraints. The Kenyan education system is not able to deliver graduates with sufficient industry-relevant skills to be employable in industry. This not only hampers the development of an ...
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Life Skills and Technical skills Integration

Kenya faces a tremendous youth unemployment challenge. This problem does not only affect lower levels of education, but also graduates of institutions of higher learning including Universities, colleges and technical vocational education training institutes. Approximately 100,000 youths graduate from Kenyan universities each year and begin to look for work to support themselves and their families. A recent World Bank report states there are 800,000 job seekers in the country against an estimated 50,000 available advertised jobs each year. Unfortunately, as young people transition from school to work, many find themselves graduating from secondary or even tertiary school with neither the technical skills nor the personal competencies demanded by the vast majority of employers. Meanwhile, employers are unable to find qualified workers to fill available positions and/or perform effectively on the job. In particular, young people are not entering the working world with the core life skills (such as communication, conflict ...
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CSL Role in National Systemic Transformation in Education

Centurion Systems Ltd over the years has been involved in the mainstream transformation of the Education Sector in Kenya in various ways. CSL recognizes the need to enhance relevance of the education to suit the dynamic industry needs and improved efficiency, productivity and innovation. Ultimately, the interventions to improve relevance of education to industry needs is for economic prosperity at sector level (Manufacturing sector) and more so individual level where there would be job creation, entrepreneurship and improved livelihood hence poverty alleviation. Centurion Systems in its role to support the national systemic transformation of the Education Sector has been involved in various activities and initiatives with an active engagement of CSL Managing Director, Dr. Kevit Desai. These activities and initiatives include; Present Involvement JICA Master’s Degree and Internship Program of the Africa Business Education Initiative for Youth. In this initiative CSL Managing Director, Dr. Desai is engaged as a member ...
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Youth Empowerment

Creation of adequate employment opportunity, improvement of livelihood and poverty alleviation remain one of the greatest challenges in Kenya, with the young bearing a relatively large burden of this. To counter these challenges, a number of policy interventions have been formulated and implemented on various levels to address the growing employment problem in Kenya. The government, development partners and the private sector have undertaken to engage in job creation, regulate wages, operate employment exchange programmes, improve labor market information systems, and re-orient education and training systems to vocational technical training areas as a means of promoting employment. Interventions include promotion of growth and development of the informal and jua kali sector, adoption of fiscal policies and short term measures such as tripartite agreements. Despite all these interventions, creation of adequate, productive and sustainable employment continues to be the greatest challenge in Kenya. This therefore highlights the significance of taking a ...
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Apprenticeship program

Center of Excellence in Food and Beverage Industry Kenya recognizes that education and training of all Kenyans is fundamental to the success of Vision 2030, the vision further notes that the education sector is expected to provide the skills that are required to steer the country to attain its economic and social goals as envisioned in the Vision 2030. However, the Kenyan education systems is largely characterized by theory-oriented curricular and lack industry “touch” as they are simply “academic”. The Kenya Youth Employment Program funded by the World Bank assessment confirmed that the second largest barrier to Youth employment is the Skills Mismatch- what the youth are getting from the TVET colleges and universities does not match what the employer/industry need. This is further compounded by lack of industry exposure/apprenticeship as much of what they learn in college is theory. In a bid to address this challenge, CSL has partnered ...
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