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 Educational Training (TVET) higher institution in the country secured up-grading funds from Shell Kenya and Germany International Corporation.
TUM’s management facilitate the 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 running into Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Laila Abubakar’s reign will, apart from the traditional trade tests offered, see the polytechnic located in the South Coast now roll out competence based programmes.
Professor Laila who hosted a delegation from Shell led by manager Brian Muriuki said the deal is now sealed.
“This initiative is set to benefit students as well as impact the society positively as new courses that were not offered, initially, will be rolled out soon at Ukunda Youth Polytechnic,” she said.
Muruiki was flanked by top officials Grace Kamau and Daniel Muasya while Professor Laila was flanked by TVET director Dr Lawrance Mukhongo , dean of students Joel Awino, guidance and counseling official Madiha Salim.
“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 Mukhongo.
TUM is mentoring a total of 12 TVET institutions including Public National Polytechnics, Institutes of Technology and Technical Training Institutes country-wide.