The Optiven Foundation has lauded the government for it’s effots to improve access to training and it’s focus on vocational training. Chairman of the Optiven Foundation, Mr. George Wachiuri has said that there exists a tremendous opportunity for youth joining TVET institutions as opposed to the current rush for formal employment.
Wachiuri adds that while universities are focussed on blue collar training, the TVET institutions provide much needed technical training that is necessary to the expansion and development of the economy.His sentiments come shortly after President William Ruto chaired a meeting of the Presidental Working Party on Education at State House on 16th February 2023.
Dr. Ruto called on the stakeholders to craft a new funding plan as university receive 80% government support for tuition fees. Students taking up TVET slots are presently entitled to receive either capitation or a grant of 30,000 shillings and a loan of 40,000 shillings annually – both which have been unsustainable for the government.
In 2022, Optiven Foundation rolled out a TVET sponsorship program targeting graduates under it’s Soaring Eagles Scholarship Program SESP. Through the development, students have been able to join different TVET institutions to gain skills and knowledge to enable them be job creators and provide profitable income for themselves. The number of TVET institutions grew from 52 in 2013 to 238 in 2021.
George Wachiuri is a leading Entrepreneur, a Published Author, Philanthropist, Youth Empowerment Enthusiast, a Family man and CEO of Optiven Group.