The Industrial Liaison Coordination Center is a support department whose objectives are to promote acquisition of practical work, ethics and skills in trainees. It is therefore, involved in coordinating industrial attachment activities in Rift Valley Technical Training Institute. This, it does by providing linkage to industries for provision and up-date of new technologies thus exposing the trainees to real work situations.
This goes a long way in producing a competent and productive person in the respective trade, a skilled worker with positive attitudes and ability for further self-development. This exercise also gives the trainee an opportunity to market his/her skills.
The department has three major activities; which are attachment, assessment and insurance of trainees.
Attachment at Rift Valley Technical Training Institute is done in collaboration with trainees, their parents, and guardians. We attach 98% and assess 100% of our trainees; they are also covered while in and out of the institution during their training period. Our trainees are attached all over Kenya and in some cases within East Africa. We have strong links with the Directorate of Industrial Training, which reinforces out attachments and students get certificates from DIT.
Attachment, which is compulsory to all our trainees, takes a minimum of three months and a maximum of six months. Currently we are sending out on attachment close to 2,000 trainees.
Attachment timings are as follows: Higher National Diploma – after first year of study, Diploma – after stage two examinations, Craft courses – after stage one examinations, for those not falling in any of these categories, their timings are determined from time to time to suit their training schedules.
Lectures at RVTTI are also attached to acquire various skills required in their areas of specialization. This is done during the holidays. A follow-up is made by the Industrial Attachment Coordinator on behalf of the institution and the institution’s management facilitates this exercise.
Currently the department is headed by an Industrial Attachment Coordinator, assisted by two other officers – one deputy head and one head of section. There is a secretary, who assists in typing documents and other clerical administrative duties. There are also 18 committee members who are representatives from various sections of the admitting departments of the institution. These are the supervisors who follow the trainees for assessment purposes in the field.
- To provide a linkage between RVTTI and industries
- To facilitate for provision of an update of new technologies through attachments
- Supplement theoretical training/skill development
- Concretize the theoretical knowledge in the world of work
- Expose trainees to real work situations
- Complement and extend the trainee’s institutional experience
- Provide the trainee with an opportunity to market his/her skills.
Priscillah Ngina Mutiso,
INDUSTRIAL ATTACHMENT COORDINATOR –R.V.T.T.I