World Bank project to make Kenya’s main construction college a Regional Flagship TVET Institute in East Africa

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Kenya Institute of Highways and Building Technology (KIHBT) is a training division of the State Department for Infrastructure in the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works.

The institute is mandated to develop human resource for the infrastructure sector, especially the roads sub-sector. Hence, it plays a key role in the implementation of Kenya’s national agenda as stipulated in Vision 2030.

KIHBT offers diverse training courses in the infrastructure sector in the fields of building technology, architecture, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, ICT, and highway engineering.

KIHBT has partnered with various governmental and development organisations, among them the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA); the African Development Bank (AfDB); International Finance Corporation (IFC); and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), to run various training programmes targeting the youth, women and road contractors.

The institute is in the process of being upgraded to a Regional Flagship TVET Institute (RFTI) and Centre of Excellence in Roads and Highways Training, through the East Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP), which is funded by the World Bank.

The development objectives of EASTRIP are to increase the access and improve the quality of TVET programmes in selected RFTI and to support integration in East Africa.

The project’s objectives are to be met through a series of sub-components. These are: Strengthening Institutional Governance and Management; Institutionalising Industry Linkages; Developing Market Relevant and Competency-Based Training Programmes; Training of Managers and Teachers; Upgrading Key Instructional Facilities and Equipment; Outreaching and Support for Non-Project National TVET Institution.

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