NorQuest College selected to conduct a Curriculum Gap Audit through the Young Africa's Works in Kenya TVET Project

October 1, 2020

The initiative will run for five years through a partnership between Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and the Mastercard Foundation.  

As the lead and with support from Canadian partners, Seneca College and College of the Rockies, NorQuest College’s curriculum gap audit will help to identify new levels and content needed for programming in Kenya’s Big Four (manufacturing, food security and nutrition, universal health coverage, and affordable housing) and digital sectors.

Additionally, NorQuest College in partnership with Humber College and Red River College will develop Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) guidelines and tools to support increased recruitment and transition of youth to secure employment.

All of these efforts will lead to an increase in the participation of young Kenyans, and women in particular, in workforce-relevant skills training programs that will result in dignified and fulfilling employment.

“We know that when students enter the workforce with the skills to contribute meaningfully, success and growth are sure to follow,” says Nancy Thornton, Director, International. “NorQuest is eager to share our knowledge in developing workforce-relevant programming and learning how to apply that understanding to support our partners as we build pathways to success for young Kenyans.”

In Kenya, NorQuest College will be working closely with the Ministry of Education, the TVET Curriculum Development, Assessment and Certification Council (TVET – CDACC), and the Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA).

This milestone is NorQuest College’s inception of implementing projects in Kenya.


About NorQuest College
NorQuest College is Edmonton’s community college serving over 19,000 students annually throughout the province with full-time, part-time, online, and face-to-face learning options. NorQuest helps learners with diverse educational backgrounds complete or further their studies through foundational programs. Our post-secondary diploma and certificate programs and continuing education options offer rewarding career paths in health, community studies, business, environment, technology, hospitality, firefighting, and diversity and inclusion training. Our suite of customized and corporate training options ensure organizations and their workforces are prepared for the demands of the future. By collaborating with business, industry, government, and communities, we ensure our learners receive workforce relevant, inclusive, and transformative educational experiences.

For more information, please contact:

NorQuest College
Mike Reeves, Media Relations Consultant | 780-288-3651
Mastercard Foundation
Helen White, Strategy Lead, Program Communications| +27 76 166 5372
Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA)            
Maindi Stanley, Deputy Director, KNQA, Planning, Research, Outreach and Policy | +254-20 2100272