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Kenya Skills for Prosperity Project

Background Information

1. Kenya Skills for Prosperity Project (KS4P) is a two- and half-year initiative beginning October 2020, and financed by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), and implemented by Leonard Cheshire (LC) in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO) Kenya and the Open University (OU) of UK.
2. The project is designed to tackle youth unemployment by improving equity, quality, relevance, and cost effectiveness of higher education (HE) and technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Kenya. KS4P therefore aims to enhance skills development systems, policies, services and institutions and to create an enabling environment for young people, especially from the marginalized groups to access job opportunities in industries key to Kenya’s national economic growth.
3. Over a period of 30 months, the ILO, within the consortium, took lead on providing evidence-based technical assistance to the Government of Kenya in the following areas of intervention:
• Institutional capacity building of key TVET Agencies and other national skills development systems and structures, and strengthening of their linkages with industries,
• Quality and relevant CBET implementation including technical assistance to targeted TVET institutions and support towards building the capacity of TVET teachers on effective pedagogical approaches as well as enhancing their continuous professional development.
4. The desired outcomes are:
i. EQUITY: Improved equity in access to the provision of TVET and HE in the public sectors and improved progression to employment for marginalized groups.
ii. QUALITY: Improved quality of learning outcomes from TVET and HE provision in the public sectors.
iii. Improved RELEVANCE of TVET and HE to the skills set needed by industry in areas key to national economic development.
5. The impact of KS4P is therefore to increase capacity for inclusive economic growth due to more productive and equitable skills sectors thus improving the employability, employment opportunities and the earning potential of beneficiaries and thereby contributing to poverty reduction in Kenya.


Implementing Partners


The Counties of Focus

• Apprenticeship and Internship
• Curriculum Development/reforms
• Policy Development /review
• Qualification(s) frameworks
• Private Sector engagement/ linkages with industry
• Teacher Training (includes continuous professional development or Youth Instructor Training)

• Automotive and Mechanics
• Blue Economy (includes shipping; ports; fisheries; inland waterways, etc)
• Building and Construction
• Electrical and Electronics
• Fashion and Design
• Food and beverage
• Manufacturing
• Mechanical and electrical engineering

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