Partnerships and collaborations is the key to any institution becoming technologically relevant and internationally competitive in the world market. Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology (RIAT) has emphasised the spirit of building partnerships for enhancing skills and industrial development both at local and national economy levels.
The initiative of partnerships aims at increased network with industries as a way of skills development for sustainability in achieving the Kenya vision 2030, Sustainable Development Goals and the Big Four Agenda.
Flexible and Blended skills training is a collaborative programme being implemented in TVET institutions by the Government of Kenya and the Commonwealth of Learning.
For increased access to wider student demographics within the country. To encourage the development of education, share open learning/distance knowledge, resources and technologies, increased access to skills training and integration of sustainable development goals into TVET programme Incorporating the regular training programmes with online skills training. To date capacity building has been done to several trainers in different skills with focus on areas of ICT technologies and sustainable development goals.
The ENABLE Youth Kenya Program is a joint cooperative program which is sponsored by the African Development Bank whose goal is to contribute to job creation, food and nutrition security, income generation and improved livelihoods of youths aims at; Creating an enabling environment for youth empowerment. To create business opportunities and decent employment for youths along priority agricultural value chains through the provision of entrepreneurship skills, funding and business linkages
To create more coherent policies for agricultural education and training in Africa, particularly for women and young people who are the most valuable asset for Africa’s future. (2017-2020)
The project began in July 2020 in collaboration with African Union Development Agency and New Partnerships and Development (AUDA-NEPAD) (RIAT was involved developing the annual implementation work plan). The Main focus is:
A joint initiative on youth employment in the agri-food sector in Western Kenya Rural youth benefit from improved training, income and employment opportunities in the agri-food sector in Western Kenya- Bungoma, Kakamega, Kisumu, Siaya, Vihiga.
Training of trainers ( 6 trainers already being trained as from 12/10/2020 to 12/11/2020, Issued with tablets to enable us engage learners online) (RIAT was involved in developing the baseline survey for ATVET)
Funding:Israeli centre for international cooperation (Mashav)
Objective: To enhance entrepreneurial and employability skills for fisheries trainees-(was a component of Trilateral Tilapia Cooperation 2012-2016)
Status: Proposal for development of an incubation centre at RIAT Kibos farm presented to the Embassy.
RIATs Role: Nominate students to be interviewed by Mashav.
Benefits: 12 trainees have participated in 11- month internship program in Israel, 2 staff members also benefited from short course and internship
NB: The Israeli Ambassador visited RIAT during this COVID 19 pandemic.
Funding: IFAD/ GOK (Program Coordination Unit)
Objective: To increase incomes, food security and nutritional status of the wiser communities of poor households involved in aquaculture in the targeted 15 counties.
Status: MoU signed on 12/10/2020,BQs for classroom and laboratory submitted, Tendering for construction already in progress through PCU
RIATs role: RIAT to host trainings for fish farmers and extension officers
Benefits: one-time grant of Kshs.10,000,000 for upgrading of classroom and laboratory and purchase of lab equipment as one of the 2 training centres for the programme.