Tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion gets a depart­ment

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The Min­is­ter for Labour and Hu­man Re­sources, Ly­onpo Ngeema San­gay Tshempo, in­au­gu­rated the Depart­ment of Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion on 20 April in Thim­phu.

The depart­ment will func­tion as the main or­ga­ni­za­tion for re­view, en­hance­ment and co­or­di­na­tion at the na­tional level for all pro­grams re­lated to tech­ni­cal and vo­ca­tion train­ing of­fered by Tech­ni­cal and Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Train­ing ( TVET) in­sti­tutes.

It will work to­wards mak­ing TVET the main­stream choice of the youth and the so­ci­ety to achieve in­di­vid­ual, com­mu­nity and na­tional in­de­pen­dence through tech­ni­cal and vo­ca­tional skills.

It is ex­pected to de­velop a cur­ricu­lum for tech­ni­cal train­ing in­sti­tutes based on the cur­rent needs of the in­dus­tries.

The depart­ment expects to fo­cus on service de­liv­ery for job­seek­ers. The depart­ment’s di­rec­tor, Kin­ley Wangdi, said the new depart­ment will take care of the qual­ity and ac­ces­si­bil­ity of train­ing.

TVET grad­u­ates play an im­por­tant role in na­tion build­ing and their con­tri­bu­tion to so­cioe­co­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

The govern­ment has com­mit­ted to re­duc­ing un­em­ploy­ment, ac­cel­er­at­ing eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and ad­dress­ing so­cial is­sues by pro­vid­ing skills to 110,000 Bhutanese from 2016 to 2026. It is also aimed at mak­ing Bhutan a knowl­edge-based so­ci­ety.

With emerging tech­nolo­gies in different oc­cu­pa­tions, it is also ex­pected to raise stan­dard of excellence in tech­ni­cal and vo­ca­tional skills and to pro­mote image and sta­tus of skilled work­ers in the coun­try.

The depart­ment will as­sume the roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for all de­vel­op­ments such as em­ploy­ment pro­mo­tion, labour mar­ket re­search and de­vel­op­ment, en­trepreneur­ship pro­mo­tion and other de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try.

The depart­ment will be sup­ported by TVET Pro­fes­sional Ser­vices Divi­sion, TVET Pro­mo­tion Divi­sion and TVET In­sti­tute Sup­port Divi­sion.

The in­au­gu­ra­tion cer- emony was at­tended by of­fi­cials from the la­bor min­istry and Royal Civil Service Com­mis­sion.

Cur­rently, there are eight tech­ni­cal train­ing in­sti­tutes in Bhutan, one each in Chumey in Bumthang, Khu­ruthang in Pu­nakha, Rangjung in Tashigang, Thim­phu, Samthang in Wang­due and Dek­il­ing in Gele­phu, and two in­sti­tutes of Zorig Chusum, one each in Thim­phu and Trashiyangtse.

Of the to­tal 1,539 grad­u­ates, 853 grad­u­ated in 2014 to 2015 and 686 grad­u­ated in year 2015 to 2016.

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