Swisscontact in Kenya and the Hilti Foundation have launched a revolutionary project that promotes an employer-led dual apprenticeship system within the construction sector.
The project aims to develop a skilled workforce, through a combination of on-job training in companies and theoretical learning in a vocational schools set up to meet rising demand for technical skills in the market.
According to Swiss Ambassador to Kenya Valentin Zellweger (pictured), involvement of the private companies is key to define the skills apprentices need to acquire and provide them with the opportunity to put into practice what they have learnt in the classrooms.
“This project arrives in a very timely manner in Kenya. It fits very well with the situation that the country is experiencing because it brings concrete solutions to current difficulties,’’ he said.
Anirban Bhowmik, Swisscontact Regional Director in Central, East and Southern Africa said the project hopes to learn and adopt best practices from the successful and well-tested Swiss dual training model.
Initially, the project will support Kenyan companies to implement the system in two trades – plumbing and electrical installation.
Hilti Foundation CEO Wallner Werner said “Our key principle is help for self-help. We are not a financial donor; we invest in empowering people, enabling people so they can become active and lead a self-determined life.