Toyota Kenya Foundation is seeking to upscale the number of technicians and mechanics in the automotive sector to meet the demand due to an increasing number of motor vehicles in the country.
Eleven students took part in the Toyota Service Technicians for the 21st Century course and have graduated with technical and mechanical skills needed in the sector.
Technical and Vocational Education Training Principal secretary Dr. Kevit Desai says such initiatives by the private sector are core in fostering entrepreneurship and expanding the pool of skills required.
Figures by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics indicate that the number of registered motor vehicles increased by more than half between 2012 and 2016, growing from 1.79 million to 2.84 million.
Last year alone at least 280,000 motor vehicles were registered and the new registrations are tipped to surge even further.
Toyota Kenya which is the country’s second largest dealer after Isuzu East Africa has released the first class technicians and mechanics who will offer after sales services.
The trainees were equipped with skills on basic maintenance and repair; defect report writing and customer service.
The course also covered electrical, engine, drive train, chassis, body and paint basics as well as financial management, entrepreneurship.
In 2016, only 33,900 employees were formally working in the sector according to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics as Kenya recorded on average, 200,000 newly registered vehicles annually.