All about National Industrial Training Authority (NITA).

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All about NITA
The National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) is a state corporation established under the Industrial Training (Amendment) Act of 2011. The Authority has five industrial training centres spread across the country .NITA perpetuates industrial training in Kenya that dates back to 1925 when the native industrial training depots (NITDS) were introduced by the colonial Government. In 1959, Industrial training ordinance was enacted to regulate apprentice and indentured learners in industry. In 1963, the Industrial Training ordinance became the Industrial Training ACT, Cap 237 which was amended in 1971 to establish the training levy fund and the National Industrial Training council (NITC) which had Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) as its secretariat. The DIT was in 2011 successfully transformed into The National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) a semi independent Government Agency with the National Industrial Training Board (NITB) replacing the National Industrial Training council.

The National Industrial Training authority [NITA] is a newly established state corporation [former Directorate of Industrial Training]. It was established under the Industrial Training (Amendment) Act of 2011. Its mandate is to promote the highest standards in the quality and efficiency of Industrial Training in Kenya and ensure adequate supply of properly trained manpower at all levels in industry.

The Authority is headquartered in Nairobi but has Industrial Training Centres [ITCs] at Kisumu [Kisumu Industrial Training Centre], Mombasa, [Mombasa Industrial Training Centre], Athi River [Technology Development Centre]. Two other centres are stationed at our headquarters the Kenya Textile Training Institute and National Industrial and Vocational Training Centre].

The ITCs host a number of industry oriented courses targeting workers in the formal and informal sectors. The courses include short and long programmes [proficiency courses, skill upgrading courses, artisan courses, and tailor made courses]. The Centres provide full board accommodation, training rooms, workshops and recreational facilities.
Responsibilities of NITA

  • Management and Supervisory training; Apprenticeship Training,
  • Craft, Technician (Skill-Upgrading)
  • Indentured learners,
  • National Industrial Attachment Programmes, Curriculum development,
  • Trade testing and certification,
  • Inspection of training providers;
  • Administration of Industrial Training Levy Fund
  • Administration of the four Industrial Training Centres

What ITAP Does

ITAP - Industrial Training Attachment Portal is a web portal designed to link students to the Industry through NITA (National Industrial Training Authority).

As a student you only require to fill an application form online, then wait for the Attachment Liasion Officer (ALO) who is based in their institution of study to verify your eligibility as a student.

NITA officials then take up the role of placing the students/lectures to the Industries/Companies which have declared slots available, for work place training.

NITA Official Contacts 


Satisfied Clients

The National Industrial Training Authority attaches over 15000 trainees every year. The Industrial Attachment programme is a product of broad based consultations among several stakeholders in industry.

It is a practical bridge between theoretical knowledge gained from learning institutions and the practical skills required for day to day operations of industries. NITA coordinates industrial attachment as an intervention to strengthen industrial training. The programme was initiated by the National Industrial Training Board as a strategic intervention to strengthen industrial training since 2004.

The Attachment programme enables students to experience real work and its challenges in their relevant industrial sectors. It is a transition from knowledge to a productivity in a work environment. Students develop work place competencies. The programme also enables employers to identify suitable candidates for future employment opportunities.

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Qualified Staff

Industrial Attachment in NITA is run by competent staff who:

  • Secures places from employers on a continuous basis and develops a data bank of available attachment places.
  • Receives Applications for attachment from various training institu­tions
  • Nominates/Allocates available places to institutions as fairly as possi­ble.
  • Monitors and supervises training of attachees in the industry
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