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Skills for Prosperity Programme Kenya (S4Pke)

Background Information

S4PKe is part of the global Skills for Prosperity (S4P) Programme, which draws on UK expertise to improve the equity, quality, relevance and cost-effectiveness of higher education (HE) and technical and vocational education and training (TVET).
S4PKe has been designed to increase inclusive, mutually beneficial economic development resulting from greater, more equitable employability & productivity by enabling policies and practices that ensure access, and sustained quality of TVET and HE relevant to national economies, particularly for the priority target groups of women, low-income youth, and people with disabilities.

In the recent years, gender imbalance has been a hindrance, within Kenya’s labour force, where the female share of total wage employment is underrepresented. Persons with disabilities are also less likely to be employed in the formal sector but more likely than people without disabilities to be self-employed. Furthermore, TVET institutions and curricula are not designed to create an inclusive learning environment for PWDs. Other challenges in the TVETs include infrastructure, unqualified trainers, curriculum that is not modified as per CBET and employment links after graduation.

S4PKe seeks to improve access, quality provision and education to employment process for low-income youth, women and persons with disabilities through a series of capacity training programmes and systems strengthening elements in TVET and HE in Kenya; and improve teaching and leadership, including teacher training in pedagogy, leadership coaching, and strengthening of inspection and quality assurance systems and processes in TVET, HE, TVET CDACC, KNQA, TVETA, KTTC and NITA. In addition, the programme seeks to improve industry engagement models to match labour market demand and supply through development of curricula, training products, provision of non-technical training, and greater opportunities for work-based training

Implementing Partners

  • Leonard Cheshire (  Lead Implementer)
  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Open University UK.
  • Ministry of Education (MOE)  and its agencies including TVET, HE, TVET-CDACC, KNQA, TVETA, KTTC and NITA.
  • Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Services. 

The Counties of Focus

  • Capacity Building
  • Curriculum Development
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL),
  • Safeguarding Gender Equality and Social Inclusion
  • ODEL (Open Distance and e-Learning)
  • Disability Inclusion and Economic Inclusion for all the 37 Public Universities. 
  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Building and Construction
  • Automotive technology
  • MaritimeAgriculture/ agro-processing
  • Hospitality and tourism
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