There is an urgent need to focus more on STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) given Kenya’s ambitions to become a middle income economy
By Dr. Joshua Aura
Regional Centre of Management (RCM) is a middle level college offering practical training and mentorship. We believe in wholesome training and development and that is why we develop students’ personality, character, and top it with practical skills that will benefit them for life.
The institution offers courses in various fields including accounting, tourism and hospitality, computerized accounting, ICT, foreign languages, and personal development training and mentorship.
What sets us apart?
RCM is unlike your ordinary college. It seeks to develop individuals by undertaking personality and psychological tests to help them understand themselves, their strengths, weaknesses and know where they need to improve. We achieve this through our various mentorship programs before imparting professional knowledge in the various fields of the students’ choice; we focus more on practical skills rather than theory.
We use numerous case studies where students are required to apply the theoretical knowledge acquired through on-class instruction as well as our online classes. This is one area that sets RCM apart from our peers; we provide students the option of attending classes online as the primary instruction medium or to improve on areas they have identified they need extra assistance on.
Further, RCM undertake boot-camps where we students are taken through the entire course materials during intensive block release revision sessions in addition to the normal instruction to not only prepare them for the job market, but to ensure they attain the highest marks in their various national and international examinations. For instance, RCM mentored ACCA students have the highest average pass mark in Africa, with an average pass rate of 75 per cent, a fact that has seen the ACCA institute recommend students to us from as far as the United States and the entire African continent.
Bridging the skills gap
Much has been reported about the skills gap among Kenya’s graduates. Industry players and institutions of higher learning can bridge this gap by having tailor made industry standard training in addition to the traditional higher education courses. The course offered by institutions of higher learning such as Universities should act as a foundation for more industry oriented practical skills training; for instance in Accounting and Finance.
Further, industries and organizations hire people with skills, not just their skills. Effort should therefore be placed on personal development and improvement. Besides, the industrial sector and employers can contribute to better skills training by funding schools and research initiatives where they work closely with institutions of higher learning to undertake industry-specific research, such as solar-roof technology. Here, the knowledge gained and skills learned can be applied directly in the work place and industry in general.
Industry should also aid in skills development by providing attachments and internships in the course of students undertaking their higher education studies.
Besides, there is an urgent need to focus more on STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) given Kenya’s ambitions to become a middle income economy and to achieve the Vision 2030 goals. Students need to have the necessary technical skills that will spur research and innovation, which are the basic tools necessary for industrial take off and development.
Contributions of RCM in the education space
RCM offers students theoretical knowledge, as the basis of our training. However, we go further by developing students’ personality through mentorship and providing practical industrial skills training that can be applied directly at the work place. The institution liaises with employers to offer students internships and industrial attachments to help them gain practical industry level training.
We also mentor our students with soft skills that improve their personality and help them understand themselves better. Further, we undertake practical real life training sessions to aid the students improve their decision making and problem solving skills through our revision and boot-camp training sessions
Going forward, expect RCM to continue being innovative in its training. As part of our intermediate strategy; we are developing a robust online learning platform as well as improving our mentorship programs. RCM is also discussing with more organizations where our students can undertake internships and attachments to improve their skills-set, while according qualified students to become part of our teaching and mentorship staff to ensure continuity.
Dr. Aura is the Principal at Regional Centre of Management