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Better Education for Africa’s Rise (BEAR II) project Kenya

Background Information

BEAR project in Kenya, is “to support national authorities together with the private sector to improve the relevance, quality and perception of TVET in Kenya. The project specifically aims to enhance TVET system capacity and increase collaboration with the private sector to ensure employability of student graduates from TVET programmes in Environment Sector.”

The project had three results: Capacities in assessing and anticipating the skills demands enhanced (Result 1: Relevance); Capacities for using the results of skills assessment and anticipation to promote quality TVET pathways are enhanced (Result 2: Quality); Capacities to develop and implement approaches to increase the attractiveness of TVET are enhanced (Result 3: Perception)

The project finalized and validated the Labor Market Analyses (LMAs) and linked curriculum in five beneficiary countries. BEAR II supported 51 TVET institutions (training, capacity development, technical and ICT equipment), designed and successfully conducted Training Needs Assessments (TNAs) and training modules for TVET teachers and leaders and trained 52 master leader trainers, 1723 teachers and 290 TVET leaders in the 5 beneficiaries’ countries. 2049 (1168) students are currently enrolled in the different curriculum developed under the project in mainly in the 6 targeted TTIs. Development of ICT policies and Continuous Professional Development framework were among the key success factors to train 1763 stakeholders (officials, private sector, leaders) on relevant areas to ensure countries ownership and project’s sustainability. The programme promoted as highlighted in the formulation report, career guidance and counselling materials, skills competition models, quality assurance for TVET sectors, skills gateways and entrepreneurship for graduates integration in Labor Market. At regional level, the communication strategy has improved project’s visibility and collaborative studies for knowledge sharing are developed like the regional harmonized LMAs and curriculum, the regional harmonized approach to career guidance and counselling and TVET standards in this area in Eastern African Community and the regional study on the Development of Entrepreneurship’s Framework and Training Manuals. The report on Role of CPD in Industrial Attachment in Kenya’s TVET system completed the list.


Implementing Partners

  • CDACC,
  • KTTC,
  • KICD,
  • TVETA,
  • KATTI,
  • KEMI,
  • Ministry of Education and Vocational Technical Training,
  • KAM,
  • ERC,
  • COTU,
  • Ministry of Economy and Finance,
  • MOLSP,
  • Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE),
  • Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA),
  • Kenya National Federation of Jua Kali Associations (KNFJA),
  • Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI),
  • Ministry of Environment,
  • Ministry of Energy.
  • The TVET Working Group is also involved in the steering committee and the BEAR II is among the integrated project in the partner’s technical committee

The Counties of Focus

☒ Assessment
☒ Apprenticeship and Internship
☒ Curriculum Development/reforms
☒ Digitalization and ICT (includes ODeL)
☒ Dual training
☒ Entrepreneurship
☒ Equipment and infrastructure
☒ Governance and Management strengthening (including training of institutional managers/Councils/Boards of Governors)
☒ Labour Market Information Systems
☒ Life employability skills
☒ Lifelong learning
☒ Policy Development /review
☒ Qualification(s) frameworks
☒ Research /publications/conferences
☒ Private Sector engagement/ linkages with industry
☒ Teacher Training (includes continuous professional development or Youth Instructor Training)
☒ Youth Technical Skills Training

  • Agriculture
  • Automotive and Mechanics
  • Beauty and Personal Care
  • Blue Economy (includes shipping; ports; fisheries; inland waterways, etc)
  • Building and Construction
  • Creative Economy
  • Electrical and Electronics
  • Fashion and Design
  • Food and beverage
  • Health
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)/ Digital economy
  • Manufacturing
  • Metal work / fabrication
  • Mining
  • Mechanical and electrical engineering
  • Oil and gas production
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • Textiles; clothing; leather; footwear
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