Siala Technical Training Institute on Monday managed to graduate its first cohort of students since its establishment in 2016.
At least 440 graduates were feted during the event graced by Principal Secretary in the State Department for Vocational and Technical Training Dr Margaret Mwakima.
The institute located in Migori County was established to replace Moi Institute of Technology which was converted to Rongo University.
After its establishment and funding through the sponsorship of the African Development Bank (ADB), it became operational in 2016 when it admitted 354 trainees.
Dr Mwakima commended the Board of Governors, management, staff and trainees for their resilience towards achieving the first ever graduation.
She said the government has put in place measures to enhance technical capabilities acquisition among the youths in working towards the achievement of the big four agenda and the Kenya vision 2030.
The rapid growth of the institution has seen the establishment of mechanical and automotive workshops and the building and civil engineering complex.
“I take this opportunity to thank the principal, Ms Asha Bakari for the profound leadership, commitment, team work and integrity in ensuring that the institute progresses in the right direction,” said the PS.
The Principal noted that she had no doubts that the competent rigorous and professional training the graduates had received will make them stand out in the job market.
“We applaud the graduated for their hardwood and having overcome the package of resilience during the training period. Surely they have emerged successful.” She remarked.
The institution currently has 2100 trainees and 40 courses offered.