TVET in Kenya

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Kenya dates back to independence during a reform that led to its inception with the aim to make education and training more responsive to all sectors in the economy. However, over the years and growth experienced in the country, the sector has faced myriad of challenges including fragmented education system, poor infrastructure in vocational schools, lack of involvement of industry in skills development and outdated/irrelevant curriculum to mention a few. All these leads to production graduates who lack competence skills required by industry.

With more support and enthusiasm from the government leadership, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) reforms gained momentum from 2013, drawing from the policy framework on Reforming Education in Kenya - Sessional Paper No. 14, 2012. This framework resonates with Vision 2030 upon which the required knowledge, skills and attitudes are hinged. TVET reforms were actualized through Technical and Vocational Education and Training Act of 2013 in which raft of changes were introduced and new organs created. Among the organs created are a regulatory body called Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA), the Curriculum Development Assessment and Certification Council (CDACC) body charged with the responsibility of curriculum development assessment and certification of programmes and more recently the establishment of Kenya National Qualification Framework Authority (KNQA) which defines the progressive qualifications for the education system.

Since 2014 the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya (AHK Kenya) proactively drives private sector based initiatives in Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Kenya a founding member and secretariat of the think tank “Permanent Working Group on Vocational Education and Training (PWG).” The initiative was started since a skilled technical workforce is crucial for private sector – both German and national – to foster production and competitiveness of the country. PWG includes stakeholders from private and public sector as well as development partners and private training providers and develops solutions towards a demand driven TVET system in Kenya.

Through its longstanding expertise in the German dual vocational education and training system through its umbrella organization DIHK (Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry) and the 80 regional Chambers (IHKs) in Germany, the Delegation of German Industry of Commerce in Kenya (AHK Kenya) supports companies setting up their training schemes, including obtaining government licenses and supports in quality assurance and licensing of TVET courses in Kenya and is also looking at extending these initiatives to neighboring countries.


Mr. Bruno Backes

Head of Vocational Training / Skills Expert

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Mr. Kevin Rotich

Project Manager - Vocational Training

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