According to the Global CEO Survey 2019 by PWC, more than 80% of CEOs surveyed were concerned that a lack of skills threatened the growth prospects of their organizations.
Could this skills gap in the technology industry be brought about by industry-specific dynamism? How then do institutions of higher learning leverage of this skills gap?
Institutions of higher learning and universities need to find out what these skills gaps in the industry are and position themselves to close this gap.
During the Technology Educators Conference 2019 held at the Strathmore Business School, key players and stakeholders in the technology training industry converged to discuss emerging issues in technology training.
Dr. Kipkirui Langat, the Director-General of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, speaking at the conference said that ICT is a key component of digital training and learning. “Institutions must continuously be in the quest for improved access & equity in training to reach the needy students while offering them high-quality training and learning,” he said.
He further urged Moringa School and other institutions of higher learning to look for skills gaps in the technology and try to find ways to partner with public & private institutions of higher learning in a bid and close these gaps.
Speaking at the conference, Brighter Monday Kenya CEO, Emmanuel Mutuma, said that job boards such as brighter Monday, Shortlist, LinkedIn and many others are sitting on huge amounts of data on skills gaps in the Kenyan marketplace.
Educationists play the catalyst roles in improving the technology industry and this why the Kenyan government is currently piloting broadband connectivity for public universities and institutions of higher learning. Technology education needs to focus on collaborative and challenge-driven education when creating a highly effective workforce.
“If we don’t have the data to be able to feed our needs, we will not be able to handle the holistic ecosystem. Institutions of Higher learning should strengthen clubs so that what is not taught in class is demonstrated in activities” – Mr. Jared Maranga, Lecturer African International University.