The Kenyan-German cooperation project “Skilled Workers for the Food Industry” plays an important role in building up the required skills, with a modern training centre that makes possible these qualification measures and promotes expert discussions in the sector. It will be executed by the GzF (Gesellschaft zurFörderung des MaschinenbausmbH) and financially supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation. This financing will be processed by the German Investment and Development Company, DEG.
The project is the result of a cooperation between the German Engineering Association, VDMA – VDMA acts as the conceptual patron –, and its service company GzF, with the Kenyan Centurion Systems Limited. Furthermore, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) is also involved in the project. The VDMA‘s Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association has worked successfully for many years with UNIDO as well as with partners from Kenya‘s food processing sector.
One of the project’s key fields of action is providing training and further education based on the dual model – the combination of theoretical and practical training. Experts developed a specific training concept that combines German technological expertise with the requirements of the Kenyan food industry, on the basis of a needs assessment carried out by Kenyan companies and their German machine suppliers. The first courses will start in January 2018.
Local companies can also use the new training centre for specific in-house training. In addition, the training centre is envisaged to act as a central meeting place and venue for Kenyan and Germany companies. Here they can learn about best practices in terms of increasing quality and efficiency in their sector and share ideas and experiences. Specialist events and other know- ledge-sharing activities are planned for the future.