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Kenya Education for Employment Program (KEFEP)

The Kenya Education for Employment Program (KEFEP) is a five-year initiative focused on strengthening and supporting technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Kenya. In partnership with the Kenyan Ministry of Education (MOE) and in collaboration with key industry representatives, KEFEP will work with national polytechnics across Kenya to develop new or enhanced competency-based programs in the agriculture and energy sectors in order to increase employment and economic development opportunities for Kenyan youth.

Supporting the Kenyan TVET System

Drawing on CICan members’ expertise and experience, KEFEP will develop institutional partnerships between Kenyan TVET institutions and agencies and Canadian colleges and institutes to:

  • Improve the quality and relevance of skills training programs at Kenyan TVET institutions
  • Increase the effectiveness of Kenyan TVET institutions in delivering accessible and gender-responsive skills training programs that meet industry needs
  • Increase the effectiveness of Kenyan agencies in implementing TVET reform
  • Increase economic opportunities for male and female graduates from TVET institutions in Kenya.

These efforts—aligned closely with Kenya’s TVET Act and TVET reform strategy—will create a supply of skilled workers to respond to the needs of in-demand sectors in Kenya and to ensure that graduates benefit from related economic opportunities either as employees or as entrepreneurs.

Fast Facts

  • 1,200 Kenyan youth will graduate from KEFEP-supported programs.
  • 10 institutional partnerships between Kenyan national polytechnics and Canadian colleges and institutes.
  • KEFEP will work with national polytechnics in Kitale, Eldoret, Kakamega, Kisumu, Kisii, Meru, Nyeri, Garissa, Mombasa and Nairobi.
  • Through improved TVET, KEFEP supports the Government of Kenya’s Vision 2030 to become an “industrializing, middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens by 2030”.

Funded By

KEFEP is a five-year (2016-2021) CAD $20.6M program funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.

Sustainable Development Goals

  • Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Goal 5: Gender Equality
  • Goal 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Goal 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
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