OPPORTUNITIES THE YOUTH CAN HARNESS FROM KNQA DURING WORLD YOUTH SKILLS DAY

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The guiding principles that are considered major drivers of the TVET sector are: access equity, quality, proficiency, and relevance. KNQA commemorates World Youth Skills Day that advocates the acquisition of skills by the youths which will enhance their ability to make informed choices with regard to life and work and empower them to gain access to changing labour markets and viable employment opportunities that are important and inclusive. It is also important that increasing focus be placed on employability, entrepreneurship, efficiency, and sustainability to promote linkages and partnerships and responsible citizenship in the utilization and management of natural resources using TVET skills.

The TVET sector has attractive features of having clear orientation towards the world of work and its emphasis of meeting employer needs. The TVET sector is hence well placed to deliver skills, knowledge and expertise that is urgently needed to take the continent to the next level of development and meet the goals of vision 2063.

With burgeoning challenge of youth unemployment, KNQA is contributing to skilling the country’s youth and responding to the challenges the pandemic poses given the dynamism of the job market through a raft of policy’s i.e., Through the Kenya National Qualifications Framework, the youths have an opportunity to advance there lives and progress from one level to the other from recognized institutions. The Credit accumulation and transfer system policy that the Authority has developed will allow seamless progression and transferability of skills from one level to the other promoting globally recognized and competitive qualifications for sustainable development.

Recognition of Prior Learning Policy which is currently being developed with KNQA through the Ministry of Education with donor funding from International Labour Organization the Policy will facilitate eradication of poverty empowering the youth to competitively access and compete equally for chances and opportunities for progression of there careers and life long learning.

With the impact of Covid 19 Its imminent that National efforts must be expedited to popularise TVET  and ensure that graduates of TVET institutions secure decent employment focusing on skills and remuneration to afford a reasonable quality life.

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