How Can the Manufacturing Sector Enhance Job Creation in Kenya?

By Soko Directory Team / Published May 30, 2018 | 6:52 am



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There are all sorts of reasons for getting an education. It gives one the perspective on the world, makes one a complete, and of course most importantly of all, it helps an individual build a career.

Unfortunately, the link between education and jobs seems to be breaking down as time goes by.

In most cases, industries have complained of the mismatch between what is taught in training institutions and what the industries require. On the other hand, it is very hard for a training school to fully train for the industry without industry participation.

This is why it is important for the industry to put measures in place and find a way in which it can pro-actively take part in skills development in Kenya i.e skills assessment, curriculum development. This way, trainees will be in a better position to practice and be competent enough for the job market.  

In certain instances where graduates get opportunities to work in a given industry, it happens that they keep being faulted for lacking life skills that render them unproductive. This is because it is believed that life skills and soft skills are equally important in a workplace as the technical skills.

These life and soft skills are supposed to be passed to the graduates in form of mentorship by senior and experienced members of the staff. Unfortunately, they fail to do so as they feel threatened of being overtaken by the young graduates who might end up being more competent than them.

Industry leaders should be made to understand their role in promoting employment and sector task forces on employment creation. A lot more needs to be put in place to see that sectors develop centers of excellence that will run in such a way to spur job creation to graduates.

Skills development and employment creation in Kenya is so dire that only a multi-stakeholders approach can effectively address. Unfortunately, everyone wants to take credit for the achievement. How can organizations, the government effectively partner in this area of skills development and employment creation?

We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.

How do industries position for the revolution to create more jobs?

Such are the areas to be discussed during the ongoing Technical and Vocational Education Training Job Summit themed “Enhancing Employing Creation in Kenya through the Manufacturing Sector.”

Apex Steel believe in creating employment opportunities to the young generation and graduates in general, and this is why they are part of the Technical and Vocational Education Training Summit. Through the summit, they will be engaging with potential candidates at the summit.

Visit the Apex Steel booth to learn more. You might be the candidate to secure a job opportunity with them.




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