The Ministry of Mining plans to establish a National Mining Institute that will be dedicated to capacity building for development of the Mining Sector.
Training in the Institute will be two folds at advanced and technical a vocational levels.
The Advanced training will be at University level where the Ministry will collaborate with University of Nairobi, and Taita Taveta University. University of Nairobi has a niche and specialization in training and research in geological disciplines whereas, Taita Taveta University specializes in training and research in mining and mining process, thus covering the whole spectrum of advanced training needs in the sector.
In the area of, Technical and Vocational training, the Ministry in liaison with the Ministry of education, Science and Technology and that of Labour, Social Security and Services, will establish centres that will be dedicated to training and mining related skills.
Large scale mining:
The skills that will be imparted will include but not limited to:-
- Mine management
- Mine supervision
- Plant and heavy Mining Equipment operation
- Health and Safety
- Blasting and
- Drilling Techniques
Artisanal and Small Scale Mining (ASM):
The skills tailored for ASM will include:-
- ASM Mining Techniques
- Book keeping
- First Aid
- Geology and mineral (precious) valuation
- Gem cutting and polishing
- Cooperatives management,
- Mineral marketing and
- Use of simple modern mining technology,
To jump start the process, the Cabinet Secretary for Mining has appointed a multi-agency taskforce to steer the process of establishing the Institute.