Influence of Management and Utilization of Electronic Laboratory and Equipment on Skill Acquisition among Technician Trainees in TVET Institutions in Nairobi, Kenya
Skill training for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates is very important as it prepares them to enter the world of work. Basic skills in electronics are acquired through regular laboratory practices taken by trainees. These practices must be done in a suitable environment. The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of management and utilization of electronic laboratory and equipment on the level of skills acquisition among technician trainees in TVET institutions in Nairobi County. The study adopted mixed methods research design. The target population was four hundred and forty-nine (449) from electrical and electronics departments of eight (8) public TVET institutions in Nairobi County. Census method, purposive and convenience sampling were used to select the sample size. Data was collected using a self-administered questionnaire, interview schedules, focus group discussion and an observation checklist. Qualitative data analysis techniques involved the use of thematic analysis while quantitative data analysis involved the use of both descriptive and inferential statistics with the aid of an SPSS computer package version 26.0. The study found that effective management and utilization of electronic laboratory and equipment for skill acquisition was neglected and moderately influenced skill acquisition. The study concluded that management and utilization of electronic laboratory and equipment on the level of skill acquisition among technician trainees was not taken seriously. It was, therefore, recommended that TVET institutions with government support invest in electronic laboratory and equipment to enhance skill acquisition.
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