The role of vocational training centers in socioeconomic empowerment of women in Nakuru Town, Kenya




Skills training, Social economic empowerment, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Human capital, Vocational training centers, Cultural and traditional duties.


The project sought to look into the role of the Community vocational training centers in the wider socio-economic empowerment of women. It aimed to find out the effects of skills training on social-economic empowerment of women, examine the impact of Technical and Vocational Education and Training on social-economic empowerment of women and explore ways of improving the performance of Technical and Vocational Education and Training on social-economic empowerment of women. The study adopted a quantitative descriptive and explanatory design. This way the detailed description comes before the final explanation. The study primarily depended on questionnaires to get study data. Findings indicate that indeed vocational training can enable women to create employment opportunities and give them access to the job market. The findings identified equal pay, access to education (including vocational training), Gender equality in the workplace, respect for human rights and non-discrimination, and gender-sensitive recruitment as factors that TVETs use to reduce discrimination and improve women’s quality of life. Vocational training centers are still subject to negative perceptions where people think that they are “lesser” institutions. The vocational centers need to shed the label that they are for failures, that they are lesser institutions, and that they are not prestigious enough. Improvement can also come through advocacy. Overall, the study ascertained that vocational training provides positive outcomes especially in the lives of women and girls. They get to enjoy increased wages, employment mobility, employment opportunities, entrepreneurship and social transformation. Therefore, there should be an increase in the number of vocational centers.  


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How to Cite

Awuor Ogema, E., Mutongu Bundi, Z. ., Mkutu, A., & Omollo, D. (2021). The role of vocational training centers in socioeconomic empowerment of women in Nakuru Town, Kenya. International Journal of Research in Business and Social Science (2147- 4478), 10(3), 380–390.



Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities & Social Sciences