Nairobi Technical Training Institute is a public tertiary institution under the Ministry of Education, State Department of Vocational and Technical Training. The Institute receives full support from the Government through grants, training equipment and personnel.
The Government has continually funded infrastructure development in various fields including Health and Applied Sciences, which is our Centre of Excellence. Currently the Institution is expanding existing Science laboratories to accommodate the ultra-modern equipment received from African Development Bank (ADB) through the GOK.
In addition, it has also funded the construction of a new Information Communication Technology Centre which is equipped with modern training facilities. In collaboration with the government of the Netherlands, the Directorate is undertaking an intensive training for lecturers and refurbishment of engineering departments so that they can offer market driven courses using modern equipment and technology.
The government has funded the construction of Engineering Workshops and Laboratories under the Economic Stimulus Implementation Programme which will help improve on the Engineering Training Services for the realization of Vision 2030.
The Institute is registered with the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Services (KUCCPS) which places students for various Diploma courses offered in the Institute. Upon placement, the Institute issues joining instructions to the successful applicants. Applications are sent directly to the placement body through KUCCPS website: (https://student.kuccps.net/)
The Ministry of Education has approved training in Higher National Diploma in the following courses: HND in Human Resource Management, HND in Food Science Technology (Quality control) and HND in Electrical Engineering (Power Option)
The Institute operates under a Quality Management System (QMS) that has enabled maintenance of high levels of performance. This has led to the Certification of the Institute on ISO 9001:2015 Quality Standards by the Kenya Bureau of Standards.
The Institution has established collaboration with German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the University of Nairobi in the area of Health and Applied Sciences in capacity building for the teaching staff, Training partnership with Samsung Electronics through Samsung Engineering Academy for the training of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Diploma students and Training of Solar PV Technicians in collaboration with Kenya Renewable Energy Association (KEREA) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Nairobi Technical Training Institute derives its history as far back to the year 1951 when it started as a "Modern High School" catering predominantly for the Asian community residing in the neighborhood. Though a secondary school, the curriculum offered at the time had a bias towards the inculcation of vocational skills which encompassed Mechanical Engineering and Carpentry & Joinery. In 1953, the name of the school was changed to Technical High School and the Cambridge School Certificate Examination was first taken in 1954.
At independence and in the spirit of the Ominde Education Commission of 1964, the school opened its doors to all races. The curriculum continued to lay emphasis on Technical Education and was expanded to include Plant Mechanical, Woodwork, Electrical and Motor Vehicle mechanics skills. Both O and A level classes were accommodated.