Bungoma County Government has started the construction of the third centre of excellence Vocational Training Centre in Kabuchai Chwele.
Speaking during ground breaking ceremony Bungoma County CEC for Education Dr. Betty Mayeku said that the Vocational training centres in the county are in line with governments big 4 agenda.
Training Centres are aimed at producing self reliant youths with skills geared towards addressing high rate of unemployment in the county and country as a whole.
“The implementation of centres of excellence is aimed at creating state of the art model training centres and so far the county government has initiated the construction of modern workshop in two centres of excellence Wekelekha in Musikoma ward & Mteremko in Khalaba ward,” Mayeku said. The department has disbursed Sh 26.9 Million to vocational training centres as grants to cover the tuition fee, funds that were released as conditional grant from the Ministry of Education.
Chief officer Rose Murunga confirmed and called upon institutions principals to use funds prudently and accordingly to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Education. “A total of 5000 trainees from 40 registered VTC’s have benefitted from the grants & our core mandate is investing heavily in equipping the youth in our county with employment skills as a way of alleviating unemployment which is rampant in the county,” she said.
In addition to grants, County government support trainees by awarding them bursaries which has stirred enrollment of students who join VTC’s a move that has made the Ministry to employ and deploy over 500 instructors with the aim of improving quality of training as indicated by Bungoma County Vocational Training Director Cyrus Wanyonyi.
“Our Vocational training centres have done exemplary job in the fight against curbing the spread of Covid 19 pandemic by manufacturing quality face masks that have been distributed to vulnerable groups in the county free of charge not forgetting that our VTC’s have been involved in making uniforms for enforcement officers,” Wanyonyi reiterated
Meanwhile Chwele-Kabuchai ward MCA Barasa Mukhongo has called upon Ministry officials to consider locals particularly youths in the construction of the centre of excellence in his ward.
“We will not allow the contractor to engage non locals to build this multi-million project in my ward, let us give this manual jobs to our daughters and Son’s,” Mukhongo said.