New scheme launched to address Kenya skills divideFrom MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – A new partnership aimed at supporting the development of a manufacturing ecosystem and bridging the technical skills shortfalls in Kenya has been announced.
The GE Garages manufacturing programme is a partnership between GE Africa and Gearbox aimed at build a skilled workforce and drive entrepreneurial development in Kenya. This program is in development with University of Nairobi, Technical University of Kenya and Seven Seas Technologies.
The GE Garages – Nairobi would contribute to bridging the technical skills gap in Kenya. According to the National Manpower Survey, the percentage of vacant posts in the transport sector is 2,8 percent. While the oil and gas sector will create between 6 000 and 15 000 new jobs over the next ten years with the majority requiring technical or vocational training.
The GE Garages space, which will be hosted at Gearbox’s premises, will support classes and workshops, for students, entrepreneurs, makers and others to learn more about advanced manufacturing processes, software programming and business development.
It will feature advanced manufacturing innovations like 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC mills for the industrial world to encourage entrepreneurial disruption and a skilled workforce for the future.
“We are delighted to collaborate with like-minded establishments on an initiative that aims to make more Kenyan youth employable in a fast changing technology-driven world” said President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Africa, Jay Ireland.
“I’m looking forward to seeing great ideas that come to the GE Garage being transformed into practical business models that ultimately create more jobs in Kenya.”
Dr Kamau Gachigi, CEO of Gearbox said the company was excited about this relationship as it was central to their objective of democratising access to opportunities in industrialisation.
The proposed Garages training facility will be within the Nairobi location of Gearbox. GE would provide the necessary equipment while University of Nairobi, Technical University of Kenya and Seven Seas Technologies will provide input to program as well as training facilities.
GE created the Garages experience in March 2012 to reinvigorate interest in invention, innovation, and manufacturing in America. Programmes have included custom projects, curated speaker sessions and workshops amidst a fully equipped advanced manufacturing space, including hardware such as CNC mills, laser cutters, 3D printers, injection moulders, Arduino kits and much more.
The programme went global with a workshop in Lagos, Nigeria in 2014 and has since grown to include several countries in Europe and the Middle-East.
– CAJ News
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