Technical University of Mombasa has facilitated rehabilitation and equipping of Ukunda Youth Polytechnic in keeping track of its polytechnics and technical institutes mentoring program across the country.
TUM being an established Technical, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training (TVET) higher institution in the country secured up-grading funds from Shell Kenya and Germany International Corporation.
TUM’s TiVET director Dr Lawrance Mukhongo faciliatated drafting of equipment and renovation funding proposals from Shell Kenya and the Germany based GIZ respectively.
Through TUM, Shell has offered Sh 14 million worth of equipment after Sh 3 million renovations funded by GIZ to the institution through the Soga project in addition to training staff for the programmes.
The efforts that kicked off in 2014 will, apart from the traditional trade tests offered, see the polytechnic located in the South Coast now roll out competence based programmes.
“Apart from the trade test courses, Ukunda Polytechnic is set to offer competence based programmes including: Instrumentation and Control, Welding, Heavy and Light Machnie Operations and Mechanical Technology and Maintenance.” Said Dr Mukhongo.
A Shell delegation led by manager Brian Muruiki toured Ukunda Polytechnic before giving a lecture at the TUM’s main campus students on opportunities available at his multinational company.
Muruiki was flanked by top officials Grace Kamau and Daniel Muasya while Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Laila Abubakar, dean of students Joel Awino, guidance and counseling official Madiha Salim flanked Mukhongo.
TUM is mentoring a total of 12 TVET institutions including Public National Polytechnics, Institutes of Technology and Technical Training Institutes country-wide.