Dual Training System (DTS)

DTS is a training methodology which combines theoretical and practical training. It is called “dual” because the training takes place in two venues – the vocational school and in the workshop of the company. The student spends about 70% of the training time in the industry working in real life working environment and producing for the company.

The program embodies a strong cooperation between training institutions and the company and aims to benefit both parties and the student. Training institutions send the student-trainees to the company for in-plant training and exposure. The company makes good use of their skills and potentials by assigning the jobs where they learn and be productive at the same time.

The company, as a DTS partner, pays stipends to the trainees since they are as matter of fact like an employee. The in-plant-training duration takes most of the training time. Throughout this period, the student-trainees will acquire relevant knowledge and skills as their training progresses and as they become more productive. Thus, they contribute productively to the company’s competent workforce.

The learning progress of the trainee is tracked using a logbook. This is a document that outlines all learning outcomes, roles of the student, workshop manager and the Industrial coordinator from the training institution. The logbook ensures that the student covers the syllabus while delivering on the tasks at the workshop simultaneously. It acts as a feedback mechanism as well between the industry and the training institution.

Objective of The Program   

  1. Immediate Objectives
  • to provide competent manpower trainee for companies. Our student-trainees in DTS can do most of the jobs of a regular technician since they are of high-end sort.
  • to promote active cooperation with your company in manpower development.
  1. Long-term Objective
  • to produce the right manpower for the industry. This contributes to country’s objectives to achieve Vision 2030.

Roles of The Partner Company

  • Ensure proper training of the student-trainee
  • Payment of stipends to the students recognizing their contribution to the productivity of the company.
  • Any other roles as embodied in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

Roles of ECT

  • Ensure proper training of the students and that the trainees-students are productive to the company during the attachment period.
  • Other responsibilities as embodied in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Benefits to the Company Participating In DTS

  1. Personnel Recruitment Process- Besides the savings in manpower cost, the training itself serves as a screening process for future staff requirements. After training, the company may hire the student-trainee.
    • With the philosophy of the company
    • With a minimum adaptation cost
    • With adequate technical skills to the company
  2. Adaptability; The trainee is trained according to the needs of the Company,
  3. The student-trainee has already acquired the basic skills of a technician hence he may be assigned tasks that are normally done by a regular worker.
  4. Social Impact – Our students come from lower income families in the informal settlements; the company’s participation is a means to practice corporate social responsibility. This system also promotes Vocational Training as an attractive option to the youth.

Successful DTS Pilot Project

In partnership with Simba Foundation, a CSR arm of Simba Corporation, ECT carried out a pilot DTS in Automotive Technology (Mechanics, Electricals, Bodyworks and Spray painting) in 2016. The project was very successful based by the feedback from the workshop managers and how the students performed in their examinations.

The refresher courses

Other than industrial placement of students, ECT offers refresher courses for workers already working in the companies. They could fall in any of the following categories;

  1. Workers who want to improve their skills.
  2. Workers who need to move up the ladder but don’t have the requisite testimonials.
  3. Workers who want to change roles, thus need to acquire new skills.
  4. Introduction of new equipment in the company will require workers to have skills to use and maintain it.
  5. Industrial Safety.

There are two categories of refresher training;

  1. Upskilling following the examining bodies’ curriculum e.g. NITA, KNEC.Possible areas of upskilling include:
    • General Welding and Specialized Welding (TIG, MIG and MMA)
    • Electrical and Solar Installations
    • Motor Vehicle repair and maintenance (Mechanics, Electricals, Bodyworks)
    • Soft skills
  2. In-house upskilling. ECT and SU can work on a curriculum depending on the identified training needs.

NB:  A training needs assessment will be done to ascertain the need.


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