NTTI partners with German engineering firm to train Kenyan artisans in automotive sector
The partnership dubbed Skills for Employment in the Automotive Sector (SEAS) will see Nairobi Technical Training Institute (NTTI) partner with Robert Bosch and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Kenya, to provide short courses for jua kali artisans and grow the informal workshops into more professional service stations.
Bosch, a German multinational engineering and technology company with operations in Kenya, has donated state-of-the-art training equipment that will be used to offer the short-term training.
Additionally, Bosch has trained the trainers from NTTI who in-turn will transfer the skills to the artisans. They will also offer technical support throughout the training, as well as internship opportunities through their clients, to complement the experiential learning.
On their part, NTTI as a growing Centre of Excellence for Automotive Mechatronics, developed the training curriculum in close cooperation with technicians from Bosch. They will be providing the trainers and a training venue for the upskilling programme.
The short course will cover vehicle diagnostics; Computerized 3D wheel balancing and alignment; Air conditioning trouble shooting; and general service.
The partnership was bridged by GIZ Kenya who will support in the provision of additional training consumables and equipment to guarantee top notch experiential learning for the trainees. They will support NTTI to design packages for specific target groups and actively promote the training program.
A total of 120 artisans are expected to benefit from this partnership over the next one year, starting December 2021. The trainees will be mobilized by the partners and in close cooperation with the Kenya National Federation of Jua Kali Associations (KNFJKA).
The training will target 40 trainees per class for a maximum of 4-weeks to be done during the school holidays (when the full-time students are on break). The project is willing to deliver evening classes, subject to demand.
While welcoming this innovative approach to skills building, Mr Bodo Immink, Country Director GIZ Kenya noted, “Keeping automotive technicians in Kenya up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. GIZ is delighted to support this partnership for a better skilled workforce that will not only improve vehicle and road safety significantly, but also contribute to a higher efficiency in the whole transport sector.”
“We recognise that the current Jua Kali Artisan is a skilled person who has undertaken some formal education without certification in the Automotive sector. The SEAS project will provide the avenue for certification. The certification will provide opportunity for the Artisan to remain competitive in the changing Automotive Career Market.” Said Mr Simon Nyaga, Deputy Principal, NTTI who read remarks on behalf of Mrs Glory Mutungi, Chief Principal, NTTI.
Mr Nyamai Wambua, Head of Programmes and Linkages at the Kenya National Federation of Jua Kali artisans lauded the initiative noting “Automotive Sector has been identified for targeted and institutionalized collaboration between with Technical Training Institutes (TTIs).
"Upskilling is a critical intervention as the Jua Kali sector contributes to skills development and in the implementation of the ongoing national reforms in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sub-sector in Kenya, especially in the promotion of Competence-Based Education and Training (CBET),” added Wambua.
In the long-run, NTTI hopes to operate this training course on a cost-covering mode. This is key for sustainability to allow the institution to cater for routine maintenance of equipment in the future