Zetech University has enriched its graduate preparation program by investing in relevant partnerships to prepare trainees for the real world. Balancing its rich academic experience with suitable industry exposure and workplace experience, the University has increased efforts to produce marketable graduates while reducing the high rate of unemployment in the country.
Recent data by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) shows Kenya’s unemployment rate has doubled to 10.4 per cent from 5.2 per cent in 2019.
Through expansion of its partnerships portfolio to onboard partners across different industries including Standard Chartered Bank, The African Centre for Women, Information and Communications Technology, Samchi Group and data-driven firms Tisini and Cemes Limited, the University aims to promote academics, entrepreneurship and talent development by working with like-minded firms to grant students internships, industrial attachment and job shadowing opportunities to enable them to learn from those on ground, and thrive.
“Collaborations between universities and industry have given life to the development of marketable graduates, who can add value and advance the efforts of the private and public sector. As a University, we are collaborating with progressive organisations to mentor our students and ensure our training is relevant and current. Moreover, the increased focus on technology and mandatory entrepreneurship classes coupled with industry exposure give our students the skills to excel in any kind of work environment ” said Vice Chancellor Prof Njenga Munene.
He added that these linkages serve to broaden the students’ minds on opportunities they can create and take advantage of, before and after they graduate as well as provide a platform where they can learn soft skills such as discipline, communication and time management.
Releasing thousands of students to the market every year, the University is confident that developing holistic trainees will translate to more efficient enterprises, and a more steadfast economy. Among other ongoing collaborations that include internship opportunities with Specific Talent Ltd and Powermax Electrical Limited, the University is among five universities taking part in a national employability program funded by Standard Chartered Bank and implemented through Light of the Word to equip campus students with relevant soft skills required for one to succeed in the marketplace.