The State Department for Technical Vocational Education and Training has begun interviews for 1,300 TVET trainers.
On Tuesday, TVET Principal Secretary Esther Muoria said the interview process commenced in 10 stations throughout the country.
Muoria officiated the start of the process in Kisumu and Sigalagala National Polytechnics.
She said the recruitment of the right personnel will ensure the government’s vision of skilling the youth with appropriate competencies is achieved.
“The recruitment of the right personnel will play a critical role in supporting the implementation of reforms in our TVET institutions,” Muoria said.
“I officiated the start of the process by conducting spot checks in two stations; the Kisumu and Sigalagala National Polytechnics which hosted a total of 38 institutions situated in these regions.”
The PS urged the panellists to uphold the constitution of Kenya and other relevant legislative requirements that provide guidelines for a free, fair, and competitive process.
Speaking to the Committee on Education and Research on May 16, Muoria said there is an acute shortage of trainers currently standing at 5,417 teachers.
She said the Public Service Commission gave them the approval to recruit 3,000 trainers costing Sh1.992 billion in the 2023/24 Financial Year.
“However, the State Department was allocated Sh720 million leaving a balance of Sh1.27 billion,” Muoria said.
She said funding constraints under capitation, recruitment and promotion of trainers and lack of equipment in 70 newly completed institutions are key areas that require resources.
She added that Sh15.2 billion is required to equip completed institutions and Sh2.095 billion for technical training financing.