Michael Maina, Principal Mukiria Technical Training Institute

Candidates who did not attain the C+ minimum grade for entry into universities in the just released Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination have been advised to enroll into technical training colleges.
Mukiria Technical Training Institute Principal Mr Michael Maina says with the investment made by the government in technical colleges, trainees have a lot to gain and will acquire skills to enable them secure jobs and employ themselves.
“TVETS are today the most sought after institutions because we offer hands-on training and experience and by the time students complete these courses they are ready for the job market. This is because we also collaborate with relevant industry players who contribute on the kind of training that fits the job market,” Mr Maina said.
Besides enrolling Form Four leavers who did not attain university entry qualification, Mr Maina says graduates have in the past shown interest to undertake courses in technical colleges where they acquire skills to align with their dream careers.
“TVETS offer an opportunity to the youth to pursue their dreams. For those who qualify for university education but feel their dream careers will not be achieved though university education since they are likely to be locked out due to course cut off points, they are free to join technical colleges,” he said.
“After studying the Diploma they can pursue the degree course in their areas of specialization. I advise the youth to never pursue courses at the university blindly without considering the needs of the job market,” he added.

A student at Mukiria Technical Training Institute

A number of students studying in technical colleges have confessed that after they failed to attain their dream careers in universities, they opted to join technical institutes.
Humphrey Kirimi, who is undertaking an IT course at Mitunguu Technical Training Institute said after enrolling into university, he quit after realizing that he was “wasting time” and that he needed to pursue his dream of becoming an IT expert.
“After enrolling for this course I am comfortable and going on well with my studies. I find it more enjoyable because it is something I like,” Kirimi said.
He said technical colleges offer hands-on skills and knowledge as opposed to universities where students are mainly taught theory, adding that “theories are also important but skills are the ones that open your mind to the job market.”
Eveline Gakii, who owns a salon in Meru town, first studied a business degree course but later followed her dream and took a hairdressing course at a technical college. She says she has never regretted her decision and hopes to set up a beauty college in future and create jobs.


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