Na­tional con­sul­ta­tion work­shop to re­view the draft TVET blue­print

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Deki Lha­zom

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.

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