Core area Sustainable economic development Creating opportunities for young people

Practice-oriented vocational education programmes are the way to reduce the high level of youth unemployment in Kenya and at the same time address the skills shortage.

A student is testing solar panels on the roof of a training facility for solar technicians and energy auditors at Strathmore University, Nairobi.

A student is testing solar panels on the roof of a training facility for solar technicians and energy auditors at Strathmore University, Nairobi.

A student is testing solar panels on the roof of a training facility for solar technicians and energy auditors at Strathmore University, Nairobi.

Young people need to have access to vocational education that will give them the knowledge and the skills that are in particularly high demand in the labour market. That is why in our development cooperation work in this area we are working closely with the private sector and the Kenyan government.

Vocational training initiative

Germany's activities focus on the Kenyan-German TVET Initiative (KGTI) launched in 2017. Twenty-eight companies and business associations are backing the initiative. As part of the initiative, three centres of excellence for vocational training are being set up in cooperation with the private sector and Kenya's education ministry. In an official ceremony in February 2020, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier und Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta laid the foundation stone for the first centre of excellence at the Kiambu Institute for Science and Technology. In addition, a start-up centre is to be built – and a centre for digital transformation added later – in order to foster innovation and help Kenyans start their own businesses.

Over the last few years, some 140,000 teachers, young people and small-scale entrepreneurs have benefitted from the measures implemented to boost education and training and sustainable growth.

Scholarship programme for disadvantaged young people

Young people in secondary or vocational education who show outstanding skills but come from a poor or disadvantaged background are offered scholarships under the "Wings to Fly" programme co-funded by Germany. By January 2021, some 5,000 youngsters had received support to help them complete secondary school or vocational school.