As part of improving Competence based Education training (CBET) skills and innovative capacity building Linking Industry With Academia (LIWA) Programme Trust – a private sector-led initiative facilitated the Training of Trainers (ToT) for Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) a project that was aimed at training TVET trainers on the pedagogy and didactic skills necessary for the implementation of the Instrumentation and Control CBET curriculum.

Instrumentation and Control CBET curriculum.

The Instrumentation and Control Curriculum is one of the 4 curricula developed by LIWA and its stakeholders from Industry, Academia and Government together with TVET-CDACC (Curriculum Development Assessment and Certificate Council). The development of the curriculum began with a technical needs assessment of the manufacturing sector through one of LIWA’s 5 sector boards. This was followed by benchmarking of international occupation standards to the local industry standards by involving industry through sector skills advisory committees (SSACs) to develop, review and verify the curriculum.

Project Objectives:

  • Knowledge transfer on industrial technology advancements in Instrumentation and Control (I&C).
  • Competency Based Education and Training (CBET): Facilitate practical technical skill transfer and research for capacity development of trainers and didactic skills
  • Industry intervention in technical skills development through industrial visits – Promote understanding of industry complexities and technical knowledge application.

The training programme was focused on demand driven skills ascertained to contribute to the national skills requirement as identified through studies and policy documents.

Work Integrated Learning and Cooperative Education

About the conference

Linking Industry With Academia (LIWA) Programme Trust, United States International University – Africa (USIU) and Cresco Skills Development (CRESCO) joined hands with Southern African Society for Cooperative Education (SASCE) to hold a Work Integrated Learning conference. The conference which was held on 21st - 22rd November 2018 at United States International University – Africa sought to ignite the employability revolution in Kenya and in the East African region.It provided an effective approach to implement Work Integrated Learning and in the process, improve student employability in line with the governments’ overall development goal for education and training through the relevant ministries and state departments in the region.

Project objectives

Implementation of ‘Work Integrated Learning’ to improve employability of graduates in the East African region.  

Thematic points:-

  • Research and Innovation
  • Governance of Work Integrated Learning
  • Quality assurance
  • Centre of excellence

The conference included the sharing of Work Integrated Learning best practice and presentation of research papers. Inputs of graduates, employers, educational institutions, and government and development partners were involved.

Conference Outcome

The outcome of the conference will be; A draft high-level framework for implementation of Cooperative and Work Integrated Education in Kenya.  Formulation of policies and frameworks to address the employability gap in the region.

Measuring Industry-Government-Academia interactions on skills for Employment and measuring innovative and entrepreneurship linkages Workshop

LIWA held a landmark Workshop on 5th Dec 2018 addressing the State of Kenya’s TVET Academia-Industry strategic linkages and Graduate Employability. The Focus was on measuring skills for employment and TVET-Industry Linkages to improve Kenya’s economic productivity particularly in terms of scaling- up Technical and Vocational Training in Kenya Interactions.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship linkages are increasingly seen as important focus for the attention of TVETs, Industry and policy makers. Indeed, research indicate that these interactions range from Joint industry collaboration Curriculum Development and Collaborative Research with industry.

The Workshop presented two research project findings on scaling up Technical and Vocational Training and measuring TVET-Industry strategic linkages and the enabling factors that strengthen linkages among productive sectors with an emphasis on industry-academia partnerships.

LIWAs Approach combines the rigorour of large-scale descriptive survey and Data Analytics of post-secondary Education Institutions in Kenya in order to generate insights that may be useful to TVET managers and policy makers in decision making. In measuring the variety and frequency of interactions, the study provides an authoritative, up-to -date, macro analytics of individual characteristics of TVETs employers and TVET graduates(in terms of numbers and sizes)

Project aims

In a nutshell, the main aim of this project was to undertake an evidence-based research on current skills acquired by TVET graduates and those required by industry and improve the overall quality, relevance and inclusiveness of TVET. This will facilitate the development and scaling-up skills among youths to spur the national cohesion, social and economic development and entrepreneurial needs to enhance employability of TVET graduates.

Measuring the state of Industry-University Linkages in Higher Education Kenya

The overall goal was to identify factors and the nature of interactions that influence industry-academia clusters and associations in order to measure their strength in supporting research and innovation linkages in Kenya for socio and economic development

Project aims and objectives

Specific Objectives

The specific research objectives were to:

Review current literature on interactions among academia and private sector in R&D processes;

  • Investigate the factors that influence interactions between industry, academia and government departments;
  • Develop LIWA’s new and innovative data analytics tools that support dissemination of universities and industry linkages regularly;
  • Produce reports on measuring Kenya’s Industry-Academia linkages for sustainable socio-economic development;
  • Document Case studies on Best Practices for Industry -Academia Collaboration.
  • Develop supporting guidelines and policy strategies for scaling up industry-academia linkages in Kenya.


Conference Overview

HOTF Conference Convened by the Permanent Working Group (PWG) on Technical & Vocational Education and Training in partnership with the TVET Authority is a three (3) day “Hands-on” Exhibition of TVET skills, career and training opportunities.

Event activities were as follows:

  • Exhibitions
  • Workshop
  • Professional Career Counselling


  • Sensitize youth and their parents to the multitude of career possibilities and training opportunities that exist in Kenya;
  • Provide a forum for public and private TVET institutions, NGOs, private companies AND development partners to showcase their technical, vocational, entrepreneurship and life skills education and training opportunities; and
  • Improve the image of TVET among students and the general public.

Upcoming events

Gender mainstreaming and audit workshop