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Elgeyo Marakwet Doubles Tujiajiri Program Scholarships

Elgeyo Marakwet Doubles Tujiajiri Program Scholarships


Saturday, March 16, 2024

KNA by Rennish Okong’o

The County Government of Elgeyo Marakwet has announced the doubling of scholarships for its Tujiajiri program this year.

Speaking during the graduation ceremony of Iten Vocational Training Centre, Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Wisley Rotich said the initiative now set to sponsor 1000 students, marks a pivotal step in empowering the youth through vocational training and skill acquisition.

The Tujiajiri program, a partnership between the county government and Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), offers comprehensive training followed by the provision of tools necessary for establishing business ventures or seeking employment opportunities.

This approach not only addresses joblessness but also cultivates a culture of self-reliance among beneficiaries.

Highlighting the program’s impact, Governor Wisley Rotich underscored the surge in enrollment at the Vocational Training Centre (VTC) since its inception.

“We’ve witnessed a doubling in the VTC population, reflecting the growing interest and recognition of the importance of vocational skills,” remarked the governor.

Emphasizing the prospects awaiting the students, the governor pointed to numerous development projects underway in the county.

“Our students stand to benefit from the various projects unfolding in Elgeyo Marakwet, including the affordable housing initiative, the upcoming ultra-modern market in Iten, and the imminent commencement of the industrial park in April,” he stated.

Furthermore, the governor highlighted key infrastructure projects such as the Kimwarer and Arror dams and the upcoming operations of the Fluorspar company.

“These projects not only promise economic growth but also create a demand for skilled workers,” he added.

In a rallying call to the youth, the governor urged more participation in VTCs, assuring them that vocational training is a pathway to success.

“No one should ever make you feel inferior for joining a VTC. It’s a noble pursuit, especially in a world where purpose is paramount,” asserted the governor.

Addressing financial constraints, the governor encouraged those unable to afford school fees to consider joining the Tujiajiri program, where fees are covered.

“We’re committed to ensuring that financial limitations don’t hinder access to education and skill development,” he affirmed.

A total of 931 students graduated with various certifications in welding, garment making, hairdressing, plumbing, motor vehicle mechanics, and plumbing among others.Reflecting on the broader objective of the program, the governor stressed the need to bolster the county’s skilled workforce.

“Graduating 931 skilled students into the workforce is a commendable achievement and a testament to our commitment to youth empowerment,” he acknowledged.

Looking ahead, the governor emphasized the indispensable role of skilled labor in the county’s burgeoning towns.

“As our towns expand, the demand for skilled workers will only intensify. We must equip our youth with the requisite skills to meet this demand,” he concluded.

Courtesy; KNA

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