Skills Transfer - SGR Project Imparts Skills To The Locals

President Kenyatta urged them to learn all the skills they can during the construction of the first line so that they can be the lead engineers when the Government embarks on building the 2nd line.One of the components of the SGR is the transfer of skills

The Standard Gauge Project is well underway and has already employed many locals along the railway's path. The project is divided into different sections all camped along the railway from Mombasa to Nairobi. In the factories, locals are being trained on how to work with machines imported from China. The Skills Transfer concept is very much active and Kenyans are learning how to operate a wide variety of machine.

A local worker keenly operates the hydraulic machine applies tension to the bridge's steel cables.

A local worker keenly operates the hydraulic machine applies tension to the bridge's steel cables.

At the Sleeper Factory in Section 7, a local worker operates a hopper that unifrmly pours concrete for the railway sleeper production.

At the Sleeper Factory in Section 7, a local worker operates a hopper that unifrmly pours concrete for the railway sleeper production.

An electric welding machine being operated by a Kenyan

An electric welding machine being operated by a Kenyan

Locals use a hydraulic tensioning machine during the preparation of the moulds for railway sleepers

Locals use a hydraulic tensioning machine during the preparation of the moulds for railway sleepers

Locals work together with  the Chinese to undertake a repair of a welding machine.

Locals work together with the Chinese to undertake a repair of a welding machine.

At the place of work, the locals are first taken through apprenticeship and once they have understood the concept they are then let to undertake they work supervised. At Section 7 Construction site of the SGR many have been trained to operate machines that they earlier hadn't used.

The production of the T-Beam is now being done by the locals who have been trained and now can undertake the work under supervision of the Chinese. The local skills men are divided into groups who have a leader and each have their own mandate in the production process. Errors are quickly pointed out and corrected and before each step in the construction process, the supervisors verify the work and it continues. At the sleeper factory, the situation is the same.