On 21st August 2017, Eastlands College of Technology (ECT) hosted a seminar on Dual Training System (DTS).
The main facilitator was Mr. Antony Mir, the principal of Xabec, a leading Vocational Training Institute in Valencia, Spain. Mr. Mir is also the president of a number of European colleges and universities under Association for Industrial Innovation and Maintenance, (InnMain).
InnMain is a European network of educational institutions that integrates companies, chambers of commerce and associations of entrepreneurs in the knowledge area of industrial maintenance and building installations. Its objective is to improve the quality of teachers and trainers involved in education, and the quality of the education programs. Eastlands College is striving towards being the first institution of its kind from Africa to join InnMain in the near future under the Erasmus Project.
The participants in the event came from various colleges and partner industries. They were: Simba Colt Motors, Kenya Vehicle Manufacturers Association (KVM), Toyota East Africa, St. Kizito Vocational Training Institute, Don Bosco Technical Institute, Companionship of Works Organization (CoWA), Imani Marianist Easleigh, SoS and ECT as the host.
Mr. Mir tackled the roles to be played each stakeholder in the DTS program far and wide. “The shortcut for the success of this program is that each of the involved stakeholders should play their roles well”, he said.
The learning institutions on their part were to adjust their contents to suit the needs of the companies.
Training institutions, also need to have well trained and competent workforce who can offer quality training to the learners.To the industries, Mr. Mir noted they were the greatest beneficiary in the entire system. Short term benefits include the productivity and seasonal benefits derived by the firms while long term benefits include the savings of the company when it comes to hiring new employees.