The first group of students under the Agriculture Technical and Vocational Education Training Project, who are scheduled to graduate next month, say they have already secured jobs.
Speaking during the five day study tour currently being held in Kenya, one of the students, Faith Kirwa said she will be employed by a local farming agency in Kenya, where she expects to make her living, while
boosting her field.
“I have been training here at Latia Learning Centre since January. We were a class of 40 and we
were being trained on bee keeping, poultry, dairy farming, green housing and also value addition to farm produce.
“It has been a very good opportunity for me because I am a school leaver and looking at the stiff competition out there, it had become a challenge to get a job,” she said
Kirwa is currently learning at Laila Learning Centre, where together with the academic institutions, have developed a programme specifically for the ATVET Project.
In an interview, Chief Operations officer (COO) for the Centre Jane Tum, said youths have benefited a lot from the project and are ably taking care of the farms in a skilled and productive manner.
“They are aware why certain practices are done, how they are done and when they are done. For example, we have tomatoes which fetches a lot.
“So these youths know how to treat the plant to get the best yields, if it gets attacked they will know which pesticide to use,” she said.
Alia further said the programmes have been developed to arouse interest for the youths who are deemed impatient.
The ATVET project is being implemented as a pilot project with ministry of agriculture, with funding from German Government through the GIZ.