Labour CS decries shortage of skilled labour

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Friday May 04, 2018. by KNA

Labour Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ukur Yattani says the demand for technical jobs in the country is growing but supply of skilled labour is low forcing firms to import skilled workers.

Yattani said the demand for expertise in refrigeration, electrical, plumping, masonry, among other technical jobs is so high that the country cannot provide the required personnel to match the increasing demand.

“We are saddened to hear that in some areas we are not able to raise these kinds of skills and we have to look beyond by importing labour from India and China. That should not happen,” he said.

He spoke on Friday at the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) in Mombasa where he toured the facility as part of his familiarization tour of the Coast region.

Nita has been training students of technical areas like refrigeration, plumbing, electrical engineering, masonry among other units.

The Labour CS appealed to county governments and industries to allocate more funds for training of their staff in the technical fields.

He said the devolved units are the centers for economic growth in the country and it is where there is more need for technical expertise because of the constructions that is occurring in counties.

Yattani noted that allocating budgets for technical training by the counties will also improve the employability of the youth at the grassroots.

“Through this we are going to have a win-win situation because we are going to have skilled labour to go and work in those counties,” he said.

He said, “additionally, we will also create jobs for very many Kenyan youth who are out there who do not have formal education but have the brains and energy and are trainable.”

He said the male-female gender ratio that is enrolling to do technical courses is encouraging with an almost 50:50 ratio being achieved.

The CS said industries in the coast have shown interest in recruiting technical job personnel by sponsoring a good number of employees to train at the technical institutions.

“That is the way to go, the era for white collar jobs is fast diminishing and people have to realize that money is in the blue collar sector, particularly the technical areas.” he said.

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