The Relevance of Youth Polytechnics Programmes towards Youth Employment: A case study of Chepkorio and Iten Youth Polytechnics in Keiyo District

Kiplagat, Hosea and Kaitange, K. M. (phd) and Wosyanju, Chris (2010) The Relevance of Youth Polytechnics Programmes towards Youth Employment: A case study of Chepkorio and Iten Youth Polytechnics in Keiyo District. In: The 1st KIM Conference on Management : Transforming Higher Education - Opportunities and Challenges, KICC.


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he paper examines the relevance of youth polytechnics (YPs) programmes towards youth employment in Kenya. In order to achieve the purpose of the study, four research objectives were addressed: to establish the YPs Programme levels offered in Keiyo District, to find out the factors that determine the market relevancy of the programmes offered by YPs in the district, to identify the contribution of the programmes towards YPs and to establish the challenges faced by YPs in their quest for market relevance programmes. The target population comprised of youth polytechnic trainees, instructors, Project Managers, employees, employers and members of the community from the District. Simple and Stratified Random Sampling Techniques were used to select a sample size of the respondents in the study area. The study was both quantitative and qualitative. Data was collected using Questionnaires, Interviews/FDGs, Observations, and Survey of Documentary Records Methods. Descriptive Statistics and SPSS Program were used to analyse data. The findings of the study established that the higher the programme level, the higher the chances of access to employment. The study also established that, when the determinants of employment are built into a programme, the programme is enriched and thus suitable for employment. The correlation between programmes and employment opportunities indicated that when the required knowledge and skills are incorporated into the programme, and when the job specifications are known, then the programmes will provide knowledge and skills for employment. The findings of the study are anticipated to provide insightful reference that educational policy makers, researchers and scholars in Kenya could rely on in regard to the needs and challenges of providing and realising effective teaching programme to Kenyan YPs. The study revealed other areas that might require further studies.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Conference > International Conference on Industry and Higher Education - 2010
Depositing User: Mr. David Mwangi
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2014 09:50
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2014 09:50

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