Welcome to the office of the Industrial Attachment headed by the Industrial Attachment Coordinator, Ms. Anne P.K. Kithinji Nyamoko and assisted by departmental Liaison Officers. All the attachment queries and issues are coordinated In this department starting from what is industrial attachment and what employers gain from work experience.To check on the attachment schedules at Kenya Coast National Polytecvhnic click here
Industrial Liaison Department
What is industrial attachment
A work experience placement is a practical placement (normally unpaid) in a work environment. It is an opportunity for trainees to develop their skills beyond the classroom, to build confidence before entering the competitive labor market and to achieve a recent, work-related experience. Work experience then does not simply mean that trained ‘experience work’; it is the learning that comes from the experience that is important. providing an opportunity for young people in full-time education and training to develop their understanding of changes in the world of work, to enhance their key skills and to make closer links between formal programmes of study and the world of work.
What employers gain from work experience
Providing a work experience rewards organisations with many opportunities and benefits. By giving the trainees an opportunity of a work experience, employers and/or their staff can:
- gain experience in a supervisory role and use the opportunity to pass on knowledge and skills;
- raise the profile of career opportunities within their field;
- enhance links with local colleges;
- demonstrate their organisation’s commitment to investing in the future of the local community and of Kenya;
- develop recruitment channels;
- guide and influence the future paths of individuals;
- promote national vocational qualifications;
- keep up-to-date with developments in education;
- identify work practices that may need to be reviewed;
- access skills not otherwise available within the organisation
Research in Kenya has shown that the development of certain skills is essential in preparing young people for a career. Six key skills have been identified:
- Communication Skills
- Numeracy – (a competence in the mathematical skills needed to cope with everyday life and an understanding of information presented mathematically, e.g. in graphs, charts, or table)
- Information and Communications Technology
- Personal and Interpersonal Skills
- Problem Solving
It is impossible for Trainees to develop all these skills in the classroom; the college environment cannot replicate all the demands of a wide range of workplaces. The best place to encourage work skills development has to be in a real place of work, young people will be able to experience for themselves the realities of working life. By providing a Work Experience you have the opportunity to give someone the chance to begin to understand the demands of the working world.
The period for industrial attachment varies between 3 months and 6 months. It is optional for trainees to spread their attachment depending on its suitability to the trade area pursued and the availability of opportunities. Attachment for Diploma trainees is provided to second year students after successfully passed their end of stage II examinations while for craft trainees is provided at the end of their first year. The periods are as follows:-
December to April
The classes that proceed for attachment during this season are Diploma in It, Diploma in F&B, Diploma in Clothing due to high season in those industries.
May to August
This is a special season for craft trainees o proceed for attachment, all trainees undertaking craft courses go with an exception of Food and Beverage and Clothing since it is no a peak season for them. The classes that go at his time are Craft certificate in Science Laboratory Technology, Food Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Automotive Engineering.
August to December
This is the peak season for the institution which has the highest numbers of trainees going out, all the Diploma Classes as follows:-Diploma in Analytical Chemistry, Applied Biology, Food Technology. Supplies Management., Business Management., Accounting, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Automotive Engineering. Plus the craft courses in F&B and Clothing.