Strategies influencing production of middle level workforce in public technical, vocational education and training Institutions in Nairobi region, Kenya
This study was conducted to determine the strategies influencing production of middle level workforce in Technical, Vocational Education and Training CTVET) institutions in Nairobi region, Kenya. The study sought to determine the extent to which financial strategies, leadership strategies, adequacy of teaching learning resources and the number of courses offered influence production of middle level workforce in TVET institutions. The study adopted descriptive survey research design to gather information from the respondents. Data collection was done by use of questionnaires and presentation was made in form of charts, tables and graphs. The study was based on the human capital theory. The key study findings include: TVET institutions receive limited funding from the industry and donors; Institutions have inadequate funds to support scholarships, work study programmes for students and lecturers' career advancement and; students are not adequately involved in leadership, planning and decision making. Although the lecturers had adequate teaching learning resources, teaching laboratories classrooms and workshops were not well equipped. Shortage of staff especially in the technical disciplines and inadequate career guidance and counseling services led to reduced enrolments. Creation of awareness in secondary schools, defined career mobility, and number of courses offered to TVET trainees could increase enrolments. The study recommends development of strategies for increasing access to TVET funding, develop partnerships with industry and establish work study and scholarship programmes; develop strategies for prudent utilization of funds. Finally, the study recommends development of career guidance and counseling strategies and adoption of proper orientation at TVET level for career information and development.