China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) has launched a railway technology training facility in Voi to improve the capacity of its Kenyan employees. The CRBC Technology Transfer Competence Training Centre will be used to equip Kenyans already engaged in the construction of the railway with new skills required for the Standard Gauge Railway project.
The Centre will be located at the SGR Section 2 campsite in Voi. The employees trained at the centre will be among key personnel in the construction of the new railway. Additionally, the employees will come in handy in sustainably running the new railway after its completed and handed over to Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC).
“The training programme is one of a kind and local employees should take great advantage as they will be the sole beneficiaries of this programme,” said Taita-Taveta County Governor Eng. John Mruttu. “The expertise acquired here will fully equip you the employees to seek even greater positions for other up-coming mega projects not just the SGR.”
Mr. Han Feng Deputy SGR Project Manager of the SGR Section 2 said the the technology centre will aim at providing a comprehensive path for technology transfer, improve local technical level as well maintain skilled manpower for the SGR project.
The first phase of the programme will take three months and Section 2 is expected to train about 200-300 engineers, technicians and artisans in the field of railway construction and maintenance. The number is expected to rise with time.