General Electric Africa and Gearbox have announced their intention to launch GE Garages hardware manufacturing program, to enhance technical skill growth in Kenya.

The program is aimed at building the manufacturing ecosystem by churning out a skilled workforce to drive development in Kenya.

General Electric introduced the GE Garages initiative in 2012 to bring back innovation and manufacturing in America and has so far been extended across Europe and the middle east, and was launched in Nigeria in 2014.

“We are delighted to collaborate with like-minded establishments on an initiative that aims to make more Kenyan youth employable in a fast changing technology-driven world” said President & CEO, GE Africa, Jay Ireland. “I’m looking forward to seeing great ideas that come to the GE Garage being transformed into practical business models that ultimately create more jobs in Kenya.”

The GE Garages space will be hosted by Gearbox and the program will offer classes in manufacturing processes, software programming and business development to students and entrepreneurs. The program will also cover manufacturing innovations like 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC mills for the industrial world.

The execution of the program is not limited to GE Africa and Gearbox as players in the academia and the private sector are also involved, including the University of Nairobi, Technical University of Kenya and Seven Seas Technologies.

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