Kenya Institute of Business Training (KIBT) is an institution under the State Department of Trade, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives.

The Institute was established in 1966 with the assistance of ILO/UNDP under the name Management Training and Advisory Centre (M.T & A.C) then under the Ministry of Labour. The objective of the Centre was to train and develop indigenous managers and entrepreneurs in practical management and business skills.

In July 1973 M.T. & A.C. was transferred from the Ministry of Labour to the then Ministry of Commerce and Industry, which was responsible for development of small businesses. In 1980 it was renamed Kenya Institute of Business Training.

KIBT is currently located at Weights and Measures Complex, Popo road, off Mombasa road, South ‘C’, Nairobi.

For KIBT to effectively deliver Business Development Services to target beneficiaries who are spread countrywide, the Institute has seven regional offices in Mombasa, Embu, Garissa, Nyeri, Nakuru, Kakamega and Kisumu.

Vision: To Become an Institution of Excellence in Enterprise and Management Development in Kenya and Beyond.

Mission: To provide Business and Management Development Services to MSMEs and other Interest Groups through: Training, Research, Consultancy,

To provide Business & Management Development Services to MSMEs and other Interest Groups

Counselling, Extension Services and Business Information for improved performance.

The core functions of KIBT are:-
  • To provide Entrepreneurial Training to MSME operators and other interest groups
  • To provide Counselling and Extension Services to MSME operators
  • Conduct business-based research and consultancy for MSMEs and other stakeholders.
  • To organize tailor-made training programmes for the Institute’s clientele as and when need arises.

A. Training Programmes

# Course Target Group
1 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (level 1) Aspiring entrepreneurs
2 Effective Business Management  (level 2) Owners, managers and employees of SMEs
3 Business Growth and Expansion  (level 3) Owners, managers and employees of SMEs
4 KAIZEN Business Management 
(level 4)
Owners, managers and employees of small industries
5 Generate your Business Ideas (GYBI) Aspiring entrepreneurs – youth
6 Start and Improve your Business (SIYB) Owners, managers and employees of SMEs
7 Improve your Business (IYB) Owners, managers and employees of SMEs
8 Training of Trainers (TOT) on Business Management Business Development Service (BDS) providers
9 Group Project Management Group officials and members
10 Business start-up for youth Aspiring youth entrepreneurs
11 Small Business Management for Women Women entrepreneurs
12 One Village One Product (OVOP) Value adding SMEs
13 Project Proposal Writing Group officials and members
14 Business Plan Development SME operators, managers and employees
15 Accounting for small business SME operators, managers and employees
16 Marketing and Sales Management SME operators, managers and employees
17 Human Resources Management SME operators, managers and employees
18 Management of Business Finances SME operators, managers and employees
19 Entrepreneurship Training for Retirees Employees in both public and private sectors
20 Introduction to Import/Export Business Owners/managers of firms engaged in Import/Export
21 Tailor-made Training Programmes Clients with special requests

B. Projects

# Collaborator Programme Aim Status
1 Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Trade Training Program for SME Exporters Phase I & II To enable participants save on operational costs, increase profits, access financial support, develop improved products and identify new markets. Project successfully completed in December 2012
2 JICA and Ministry of Industrialization One Village One Product (OVOP) To mobilize local communities for commercial utilization of locally available resources for local and international markets Project successfully completed in December 2014
3 COMESA Cross Border Training To Train cross border traders on cross border trade Project successfully completed in 2011
4 Ministry of Agriculture Small Holder Horticulture Marketing Programme (SHoMaP To commercialize domestic horticulture through capacity development of individuals & group entrepreneurs along the domestic horticulture value chains by training them on entrepreneurship, business development, marketing & product development. Ongoing

Other activities

  • Business Clinics
  • On-site Business Consultancy/li>
  • Follow-up Programmes/li>
  • Research on business related issues/li>
  • Profiling successful entrepreneurs/li>
  • Training Needs Analysis for MSME operators/li>

In order to position itself strategically in readiness to serve its clientele more efficiently as a national organization under the current constitutional dispensation that provides for a devolved system of Government, KIBT envisages to undertake the following functions in the near future:-

  • Formulate and review policies on entrepreneurship skills development
  • Monitor, evaluate and regulate the implementation of the entrepreneurship skills development policies.
  • Conduct Business based Research for SMEs and other interest groups.
  • Develop skills upgrading training curricula in:-
    • Wholesaling and Distribution;
    • Government procurement procedures;
    • Informal traders’ procurement ;
    • Business skills upgrading.
  • Develop and conduct Training of Trainers (TOT) programmes for BDS providers.
  • Certify BDS providers and standardize training curricula.
  • Develop guidelines and programmes on business counselling and consultancy for BDS providers
  • To develop and maintain a BDS providers register.
  • Conduct Tailor-made Training Programmes for the Institute’s clientele as and when need arises.
  • Provide in-house certificate and Diploma programmes for local and international students.
  • Develop women entrepreneurship programs to ensure high incidence of entrepreneurial success among women.
  • Develop entrepreneurial culture amongst youth through training, creating linkages, and collaborations with key stakeholders.
  • Create linkages and collaborations with local and international organizations in offering business training programs.
  • In liaison with the county governments, undertake capacity building for informal traders association.
  • Develop incubators and create successful enterprises through partnerships with the private sector in skills transfer, enterprise development, supplier development and marketing opportunities.
  • Operate a data bank on business related issues and a Small Enterprises National Documentation Centre (SENDOC)
  • Establish a tool room for use by SMEs
  • Establish a business Information and Communication Technology centre for use by SMEs
  • In liaison with county governments, develop Centres for Entrepreneurship, which combine technical graduate training and entrepreneurship in the higher education curricula, thus empowering emerging entrepreneurs and unemployed graduates

For further details kindly contact:-
The Director
Kenya Institute of Business Training
P. O. Box 39475-00623
Nairobi, Kenya.

Telephone: 020-6829120/1/2/3

E-Mail: kibt.trade@industrialization.go.ke