National consultation workshop to review the draft TVET blueprint
With remarkable accomplishment in the country’s basic education, the government’s next concern is in preparing for the youth for the world of work. Country’s reliability for foreign workers and shortage of local skilled workers has urged the government to bring changes in the education system including Technical and vocational Education and Training (TVET).
Members of parliament, senior social sector development specialist, representatives from ministries, training providers and Helvetas came together as Ministry of Labour and Human Resources (MOLHR) organized the national consultative workshop on review of technical and vocational education and training blueprint last Thursday.
The first workshop on TVET was held on the 1516th of October 2015 in Thimphu where stakeholders from government and non-government agencies, training providers, development partners and civil society took part. The consultative workshop on ‘Initial Directions on Technical and Vocational Education and Training blueprint provided initial directions and paved way for the MOLHR to develop the draft TVET Blueprint 2016.
The workshop 2016 was conducted with an objective to present long term strategies that have been articulated in the TVET Blueprint draft under four main pillars first of which is to ensure effective links with the government priorities and labour market needs. The second is to provide improved training delivery, quality and links with employers. The third is to have more effective management and coordination of TVET and lastly tackling, accessing social and equity issues.
‘’Human resource development through well-planned education and training initiatives can contribute significantly in promoting the interests of the individuals, the economy, and the society at large. The Technical and Vocational Education and Training TVET can impact directly and positively towards helping individuals gain access to decent work and sustainable jobs and escape from poverty and marginalization,’’ said the Labour Minister Lyonpo Ngeema Sangay Tshempo while addressing the crowd
The minister also said that an efficient TVET system could lead to development of various economic activities in the country through supply of skilled workforce and professionals and help achieving Government’s vision of full employment and promoting social inclusion.
The Bhutan Education Blueprint a time bound roadmap for a systematic transformation of the school education system recommends working towards 20% enrollment in TVET by 2024 and 40% by 2034.
The forum had plenary sessions and integrated strategy meeting to unite high-level consensus and specialty discussion. For the integrated strategy meeting, working groups were set up based on sector homogeneity for synthesis on policy directions.
The multi-stakeholder review was expected to allow relevant Government and non-government agencies to review the content of the draft TVET Blueprint and provide feedback. It was also believed to allow for decisions to be made in a shorter period with the required support from all stakeholders. The final blueprint would draw on the expertise and sector knowledge from different agencies to provide highlevel policy advice, says the ministry.
The workshop was funded by Japan Fund for poverty reduction.