The Supporting Innovation in the Technical and Vocational Education Sector: Towards Productivity and Competitiveness (SITVES) project of the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is a partnership TVET Innovation Fund between Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Government of Kenya. SITVES is a three-year (2019-2022) CAD $1,000,000 project funded by IDRC. The project is implemented managed by CICan working in collaboration with the Linking Industry with Academia Programme Trust (LIWA) and the Rift Valley Technical Training Institute (RVTTI) in Kenya.
SITVES plans to foster innovation in Kenya’s technical and vocational education and training (TVET) ecosystem by positioning TVET to contribute equitably to the socio-economic transformation of counties and Kenya’s development agenda through innovation and research with a focus on women and girls. SITVES aims to improve the skills and employability prospects of female and male students studying TVET. This will be achieved by: establishing innovation and applied research hubs housed at Kenyan TVET institutions to create an effective and sustainable innovation ecosystem that links TVET institutions to businesses and their communities; conducting research in finding the most effective ways of addressing gender barriers to access TVET, increasing women’s utilization of TVET and enhancing gender equality in the TVET system; and, conducting action research to understand and address local challenges related to the relevance of training to labour markets, improving productivity and efficiency, enhancing entrepreneurship, understanding how these affect men and women differently, and generally contributing to contextualized solutions.
LIWA is a member of the SITVES Program Advisory Committee and Technical Implementation Committee and the Pillar 2 lead. LIWA is also a member of the Pillar 1 Innovation and Applied Research Hubs Technical Committee and a member of the Pillar 3 Action Research Technical Committee with RVTTI. LIWA offers support in implementation of pillar 2 and pillar 3.
LIWA is the Pillar 2 lead that focuses on Gender Equality in TVETs. Pillar 2 research fund dives more deeply into the remaining gaps that were identified by the KEFEP gender analysis. This pillar will help to identify role models, support the development of gender policies for TVET institutions, help develop gender-sensitive and industry-responsive TVET programs at partner training institutions, through investments in competency-based gender-responsive curriculum development, design appropriate career guidance tools, support gender equality in marketing, document case studies to analyze success stories, develop gender mainstreaming guidelines, and more generally help institutions and policymakers to reduce gender barriers in TVET and support gender transformative change in the Kenyan TVET system through promoting gender-based innovations.