Qualified Labour Force
Kenya has a diverse and dynamic labour force of over 18.7 million people who make up over 39 percent of the country's population. Kenya also prides itself in its large pool of highly educated, skilled and sought after workforce in Africa, trained from within the country and in institutions around the world.
With an adult literacy rate of 81.53% (UNESCO), the Government of Kenya has always acknowledged that education is the foundation of a country’s economic development. In 2003, the government of H.E President Mwai Kibaki made good on its pledge to support and institutionalize free primary education. With the successful implementation of the program, the government of H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta in January 2017 extended the programme to cover free secondary school education with the Ministry of Education reporting a record 99 percent transition rate in January 2020.
When it comes to higher education, Kenya has 22 public universities, 14 chartered private universities, and 13 universities with a Letter of Interim Authority (LIA). In 2013, the government of Kenya, through an act of parliament, established the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA) that regulates 11 national Polytechnics, 574 Vocational Training Centers, and 829 Technical Training Institutes and Colleges spread across the country.
All these qualities have positioned Kenya as one of the most competitive and productive countries in the region, especially in terms of human capital.