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Supporting Innovation in the Technical and Vocational Education Sector: Towards Productivity and Competitiveness (SITVES) Project

The Supporting Innovation in the Technical and Vocational Education Sector: Towards Productivity and Competitiveness (SITVES) Project is a three-year initiative focused on fostering innovation in Kenya’s technical and vocational education and training (TVET) ecosystem by supporting researchers and initiatives that address knowledge gaps.

This helps TVET stakeholders in Kenya tackle male and female youth employment and employability challenges and supports inclusive and productive growth.

Supporting the Kenyan TVET System

In partnership with Linking Industry with Academia (LIWA) and the Rift Valley Technical Training Institute (RVTTI), SITVES works with TVET institutions and other stakeholders in Kenya:

  • to build and enhance institutional capacity in establishing and managing innovation and applied research hubs
  • to incorporate gender equality into mainstream organizational strategic plans and policies
  • to enhance the body of research work on TVET in Kenya resulting in findings being shared with stakeholders and policymakers

SITVES draws on CICan member colleges and institutes’ expertise and experience in state-of-the-art applied research to support innovation, skills, gender and employment in the Kenyan TVET system. It is particularly focused on the Government of Kenya’s Big Four Agenda (food security, affordable housing, universal health care and manufacturing).

Fast Facts

  • Innovation and applied research hubs at four TVET institutions established and training provided.
  • Three gender-focused activities, projects or research conducted by TVET institutions, policymakers, or NGOs/civil society organisations working in the gender and TVET space.
  • Three action research projects conducted by TVET institutions’ researchers.
  • Through an improved TVET ecosystem, SITVES supports the Government of Kenya’s goal of positioning TVET to contribute equitably to the socio-economic transformation of counties and Kenya’s development agenda through innovation, research with a focus on women and girls.

Funded By

SITVES is a three-year (2019-2022) CAD $1,000,000 project funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Sustainable Development Goals

  • Goal 2: Zero Hunger
  • 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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