The East African Institute of Welding was established to skill and up skill locals with specialized welding skills aligned to global standards. Benchmarking against global standards is vital to ensure that workmanship is equal to that found anywhere in the world.
In August 2018, the recorded number of accredited Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) centers were 845. Out of all of them, none offered training in specialized welding. Kenyan institutions only offered artisan welding before the East African Institute Of Welding came into play. To summarize how different specialized welders are from Jua Kali artisans, the former develops the professional welder for interpreting codes given by engineering designers to deliver neat and consistent welds.
Specialised welding skills are hugely demanded in construction, infrastructure and even automobile (body work) sector and since the discovery of oil in Kenya, a great deal of speculation rose with regard to national wealth, opportunities and improvements to the standard of living especially among the disadvantaged, business and community circles. Kenya’s extractives sector, which covers oil, gas and mining, for example, is now booming and comes with opportunities that the youth can seek to earn a living.
During the construction of Standard Gauge Railway, it emerged that the Chinese contractor needed to import labour for welding because such skills were not available locally. This same scenario also played out when Tullow Oil pitched camp in Kenya. Only two African countries offered welding training to global standards, that is, South Africa and Nigeria. Subject to this, the Institute partnered with the Southern Africa Institute of Welding (SAIW) and International Institute of Welding (IIW) to offer the first Coded Welder Certification to ASME IX and ISO 9606 standards.