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Title:Integration of labour into different industrialization 'models': examples from Kenya's shift towards a competitive industrialization strategy
Author:Mikkelsen, B.
Periodical:African Journal of Sociology
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:on-the-job training
industrial policy
labour law
Abstract:The relationship between industrial development 'models' and manpower training policies is exemplified for Kenya by exposing a parallel struggle about industrialization models and industrial training models for the nation, i.e. a parallel in the struggle between protectionist home-market oriented industrialization and export-oriented industrialization on the one hand, and the 'struggle' between broad skill training and the introduction of a narrow, modular-based training model, on the other. In view of recent economic trends in Kenya, the author suggests that the Kenyan Integrated Training System (KITS) rests on mistaken premises, since the anticipated fast technological changes and high economic growth rates have not materialized. In the light of current economic problems, the country would more readily benefit by introducing need-oriented elements into its training system rather than by basing training policies on industry's limited, manifest demand for machine operators. The author concludes by outlining some of the issues with which the tripartite regulation machinery of training for the industrial labour market has had to deal, and suggests a more active role for the trade union movement in planning industrial training. Abstr., bibliogr.