With the expanding rate of joblessness in the country, the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) has uncovered courses that ensure students employment upon graduation.
While showing up on an interview on a local radio station on Monday, November 29, the university placement Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Agnes Wahome, uncovered that the blue economy area was an under-explored sector in consistent need of employees. Wahome went on to express that learning institutions in the maritime sector were not satisfying the market demand in the country.
"We have a sector, the blue economy that actually needs individuals to work in there. I was in Mombasa a few days ago and we signed a partnership with Bandari Maritime Academy and there is such a lot of demand," the CEO expressed.
She additionally uncovered that a portion of the sea institutions were offering short courses for graduates to fulfill the significant demand in the sector adding that numerous Kenyans have stereotyped the market.
"What I realized is that you can go in there with any training and do a fourteen day program to understand safety and the marine environment and they have all these companies coming to search for individuals to work in thousands. They are not able provide laborers to the sector,
"People looked at the sector and thought that it was an area for individuals born and raised in the Coast," she expressed. Also, the KUCCPS CEO clarified that many graduates were experiencing challenges landing positions due to the existing loopholes in institutions of higher learning.
"There is a disconnect between what we are teaching and the manner in which the world is moving in light of the fact that we don't have the time to go out there and do research. If we did, I don't think we would be where we are,
"Most of the research done could end up on the shelves since what runs the nation is politics. We have seen the need for reform in the education sector and I think the direction is very clear," she expressed.
The sentiments by Wahome come after the University Fund (UF) indicated that the government would revise its formula for allocating funds to state funded universities. In the new formula, institutions of higher learning will be funded dependent on the number of employed graduates among others.
"The key performance indicators to be considered will be four-year graduation rate, graduate employability rate (one year after graduation), and research inputs," UF proposed.
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