Technical education gets a department
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.