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Kenya Blue Economy Skills Training (KBEST)

Background Information

KBEST will increase local training institutional capacity to deliver gender-responsive skills training programs in the BE sector that meet the needs of Kenyan industry and economic growth plans by leveraging Canadian college and institute expertise in partnership with Kenyan Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions to develop industry-relevant BE training programs. KBEST has a strong focus on increasing the participation of adolescent girls and women, youth and vulnerable populations in demand driven TVET BE fields. KBEST’s ultimate outcome is to increase economic opportunities for male and female graduates from TVET institutions in the BE in Kenya. The resulting increase in economic opportunities through formal employment or entrepreneurial opportunities will increase earnings and livelihoods, especially for women.  


Implementing Partners

• Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan)
• Kenyan Ministry of Education
• TVET Agencies including TVETA, TVET-CDACC and KNQA
• Private sector
• Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)
• Women Rights Organizations (WROs)

The Counties of Focus

• Access to Finance (including scholarships, grants)
• Assessment
• Apprenticeship and Internship
• Blue Economy
• Curriculum Development/reforms
• Digitalization and ICT (includes ODeL)
• Entrepreneurship
• Equipment and infrastructure
• Governance and Management strengthening (including training of institutional managers/Councils/Boards of Governors)
• Labour Market Information Systems
• Life employability skills
• Policy Development /review
• Qualification(s) frameworks
• Research /publications/conferences
• Private Sector engagement/ linkages with industry
• Student Support services (e.g., career counselling)
• Teacher Training (includes continuous professional development or Youth Instructor Training)
• Youth Technical Skills Training


• Blue Economy (includes shipping; ports; fisheries; inland waterways, etc)
• Hospitality and Tourism


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