Kenya held its inaugural national skills competition from August 28 to September 1, 2023, in preparation for the WorldSkills International Competition, which will be held in Lyon, France in September 2024. Over 150 young people from TVET institutions and universities competed in 18 skill areas, that included Bricklaying, Electrical Installations, Wall and Floor Tiling, Water Technology, Industry 4.0, Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineering CAD, Welding, Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing, Cooking, Restaurant Services, Fashion Technology, Automobile Technology, Auto-body Repair, IT Network Systems Administration, Cyber Security and CNC Milling.
Don Bosco TVET institutions in Kenya were well represented by Don Bosco Boys’ Town Technical Institute, which participated in Bricklaying, Wall and Floor Tiling and Electrical Installations. Don Bosco won a silver medal in wall and floor tiling.
Skill competitions give trainees an opportunity to showcase their competencies in their respective trades. It also helps them develop their confidence, time management and networking skills. In addition, it is an opportunity to produce high-quality work in accordance with the WorldSkills international standards. Furthermore, the trainers have an opportunity to identify the gaps in their training offer and this can lead to curriculum modification to meet the WorldSkills standard.
Don Bosco Tech Africa played a key role in the planning and execution of the competition. DBTA’s deputy director, Br. John Njuguna was appointed by the organizing committee as the Skills Competition Manager.