Education and Early Childhood Development
March 28, 2018

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Al Hawkins, of Minister Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

Minister Hawkins Recognizes College of the North Atlantic’s Leadership Role in Kenyan Project

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in this Honourable House to recognize College of the North Atlantic’s leadership role in a new project through the federally-funded initiative, the Kenya Education for Employment Project.

The college’s project is a partnership with two of Kenya’s national polytechnics, Kebete Polytechnic Training College in Nairobi and North Eastern National Polytechnic in Garissa. Together they will help create national competency-based occupational standards for Kenya in automotive technology and industrial automation. The partnership will focus on developing industry-approved training programs that prepare graduates for work in these demand-driven sectors.

The college is engaging with industry in Newfoundland and Labrador and Kenya to participate in the development of the new occupational standards. For example, Lemur Monitors in Mount Pearl is an official partner and has donated equipment.

I am pleased to inform my Honourable colleagues that Kenyan officials will be visiting our province in May to learn more about the college’s facilities, training models, best practices, and to experience our local culture.

This exciting project will enable College of the North Atlantic and local employers to make new connections in Kenya and assist in the development of one of Africa’s largest economies. Please join me in congratulating College of the North Atlantic on its participation in the Kenya Education for Employment Project.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker

2018 03 28                                                   2:45 p.m.