Who We Are
The National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) is a state corporation established under the Industrial Training (Amendment) Act of 2011. The Authority has five industrial training centres spread across the country .NITA perpetuates industrial training in Kenya that dates back to 1925 when the native industrial training depots (NITDS) were introduced by the colonial Government. In 1959, Industrial training ordinance was enacted to regulate apprentice and indentured learners in industry. In 1963, the Industrial Training ordinance became the Industrial Training ACT, Cap 237 which was amended in 1971 to establish the training levy fund and the National Industrial Training council (NITC) which had Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) as its secretariat. The DIT was in 2011 successfully transformed into The National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) a semi independent Government Agency with the National Industrial Training Board (NITB) replacing the National Industrial Training council.
The National Industrial Training authority [NITA] is a newly established state corporation [former Directorate of Industrial Training]. It was established under the Industrial Training (Amendment) Act of 2011. Its mandate is to promote the highest standards in the quality and efficiency of Industrial Training in Kenya and ensure adequate supply of properly trained manpower at all levels in industry.
The Authority is headquartered in Nairobi but has Industrial Training Centres [ITCs] at Kisumu [Kisumu Industrial Training Centre], Mombasa, [Mombasa Industrial Training Centre], Athi River [Technology Development Centre]. Two other centres are stationed at our headquarters the Kenya Textile Training Institute and National Industrial and Vocational Training Centre].
The ITCs host a number of industry oriented courses targeting workers in the formal and informal sectors. The courses include short and long programmes [proficiency courses, skill upgrading courses, artisan courses, and tailor made courses]. The Centres provide full board accommodation, training rooms, workshops and recreational facilities.
Responsibilities of NITA
- Management and Supervisory training; Apprenticeship Training,
- Craft, Technician (Skill-Upgrading)
- Indentured learners,
- National Industrial Attachment Programmes, Curriculum development,
- Trade testing and certification,
- Inspection of training providers;
- Administration of Industrial Training Levy Fund
- Administration of the four Industrial Training Centres