Housing Finance Foundation (HFF) has signed a partnership with international education and training provider,Datam Edu Limited to facilitate professional development training for artisans.
Datam is expected to support competency based training in Building and Construction Industry by bringing Australian Courses in Building and Construction sector to Africa.
The firm will also facilitate ‘Train the Trainer approach’ to build the Trainer’s pool in Africa with Australian certification.
Through a partnership with Careers Australia, the two will undertake academic, entrepreneurial and professional development training for HF Foundation programs at various levels such as short term certifications programs.Datam will also undertake behavioural and soft skill training for both trained and yet to be trained artisans.
Housing Finance Foundation, Executive Director, Ms. Winnie Imanyara said the partnership will help the Foundation fulfill its mandate of upgrading the technical skills of artisans who find it difficult to adjust in a very difficult job market.
“We want to make people more innovative at the workplace and by providing them with competence based education and training that is globally competitive. This partnership with Datam is aligned to Housing Finance Foundation’s key mission of ensuring that we have at least one million artisans by 2016,” said Ms. Imanyara.
Datam Education CEO DSN Murthy said his organization will develop customized professional development programs for the Foundation.
“Datam’s partnership with Housing Finance Foundation will solidify Kenya as the bedrock of innovativeness in Eastern Africa. This development is testament to the immense amount of confidence we have in our local professionals,” said Mr. Murthy.
The Government is in the process of upgrading Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVETs) to enable them to provide training in skills consistent with emerging technologies. Stakeholders in the building and construction industry are reviewing the current curriculum which is time-bound to a flexible and competency-based training.
The foundation’s ‘Army of 1 million artisans’ flagship project,’ is focusing on upgrading the skills of TVETs for sustainable economic development.
Housing Finance aims to achieve this through the signing of partnerships with relevant ministries, departments and agencies charged with implementing Vision 2030 flagship projects.
Veteran educationist and Nairobi County Education Member of the Executive Christopher Khaemba who was present at the event said that with industries like oil expected to take off in the near future, specialist skills are required to ensure that the country experiences sustained success.