Welcome to the Industrial Liaison Department headed by the Industrial Liaison Officer(ILO), Joseph Makomeri and assisted by departmental Attachment Coordinators(DACs). All the industrial attachment and industry linkages queries are coordinated In this department.the element of industry exposure aims at making TVET programmes an effective instrument of productivity, skilled work and employment promotion. Industrial attachment in particular contributes to the creation of globally competitive and adaptive human resources base to meet the requirements of a rapidly growing and industrialized economy.
Industrial Liaison Department
What is industrial attachment
Industrial attachment is a practical work experience placement in a real work environment. It is an opportunity for trainees to develop their skills beyond the classroom, to build confidence before entering the competitive labor market and to achieve a recent work-related experience. It is the kind of learning that provides a prospect for young people in full-time training to develop their understanding of changes in the world of work, to enhance their practical hands-on skills and to make closer links between formal programmes of study and the world of work.
What employers gain from work experience
Providing a work experience to trainees rewards organizations with many opportunities and benefits. By offering the trainees an opportunity of a work experience, employers and/or their staff can:
- gain experience in a supervisory role and use the opportunity to pass on knowledge and skills;
- enhance links with local learning institutions;
- demonstrate their organization’s commitment to investing in the future of the local, national and global community;
- develop recruitment channels;
- guide and influence the future paths of individuals;
- promote national vocational qualifications;
- keep up-to-date with developments in education;
- identify work practices that may need to be reviewed;
- access skills not otherwise available within the organization
Development of certain skills is essential in preparing young people for a career. These skills include:
- Communication Skills
- Numeracy – (a competence in the mathematical skills needed to cope with everyday life and an understanding of information presented mathematically, e.g. in graphs, charts, or table)
- Information and Communications Technology
- Personal and Interpersonal Skills
- Problem Solving
It is impossible for trainees to develop all these skills in the classroom; the college environment cannot replicate all the demands of a wide range of workplaces. By providing a work experience employers and/or their staff have the opportunity to give someone the chance to begin to understand the demands of the working world.
The period for industrial attachment varies between 3 months and 6 months. It is optional for trainees to spread their attachment depending on its suitability to the trade area pursued and the availability of opportunities. Attachment for diploma and craft trainees is provided to second year students at the end of module II examinations while for Artisan trainees it is provided at the end of their first year. We also have industrial attachment customized to fit into the short courses programmes. The schedules are as follows:-
- January to April
- May to August
- August to December
Industrial Attachment Policy
We have an Industrial Attachment Policy which provides a framework to guide and harmonize industrial attachment at Kenya National Coast Polytechnic. Content of the policy include the purpose of industrial attachment, its specific objectives, the main activities of the program and the key players that make it functional and meaningful.
The policy recognizes the crucial role played by industrial attachment as a means of accelerating economic development and employment creation. (To check more information on the industrial attachment policy and procedure please click here).
The Kenya Coast National Polytechnic Alumni Association was launched on 11th November 2018.This was the first Alumni Association to be launched amongst the TVET institutions in Kenya. The event was presided by the Chief Principal assisted by the Industrial Liaison office whereby Dr Michael Opwara, the Director, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Kenya was the guest of honor. The polytechnic Council members, staff and former students were in attendance.
We are greatly proud of our former students because they are flourishing well in the job market either in paid employment or self-employment. In fact, this alumni association regards anyone who graduated from this institution since 1950 when the institution started out as the Asian School, to the Technical High School Mombasa up until 1984 when it became the Mombasa Technical Training Institute, and most recently in 2016, we became Kenya Coast National Polytechnic. We therefore encourage all our former students to join and embrace their Alumni Association.
In addition to industrial attachment, we are working closely with various companies and organizations (public and private sector) to expose our trainees to the industry through internships, apprenticeships and employment. Often times, employers approach us with requests to refer them to our graduates (alumni) to offer them internship or employment. For example we are collaborating with Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) in an internship and employment programme. This has given our graduates a chance to explore the opportunities available in the job market as employers benefit from a wide range of skilled graduates.
In our efforts to ensure our programmes are relevant to the needs of the industry, we have partnered with the industry, local and international organizations in competency based education and training (CBET) curriculum development and employment. An example is, through KEFEP (Kenya Education for Employment Programme), we are working with our Canadian partners in some of our programmes.