Support to Knowledge and Lifelong Learning Skills (SKILLS) is a policy programme with the following main expected outcomes:
1. Improved policy coherence involving public, private sector, non-government organizations and donors in the policy dialogue process for TVET Policy (2012) review and its effective implementation.
2. Coordinated planning and strengthening of TVET provisions by means of effective monitoring and evaluation system.
In order to achieve the expected outcomes, SKILLS is working in six major thematic areas.
Thematic areas (scope) of SKILLS programme:
1. Policy review and TVET Policy dialogue engaging multiple stakeholders:
The intention is to put in process a TVET policy review which will identify policy contradictions and inconsistencies ( with, for example, employment, industrial and agricultural policies in respect of their training and skills components). In addition, it would take forward policy development in a number of areas where there are currently lacunae, including retraining and requalification and approaches to dealing with excess demand for training. Position papers and White Papers would also prospectively be prepared in other areas as policy gaps, priorities and needs arise.
2. Private sector engagement in TVET policy & programs:
Given that the private sector is both a consumer of TVET ( in that firms employ the participants of TVET programmes) and delivers training ( as TVET providers), private sector engagement in TVET is an obvious imperative. The SKILLS Programme is working with Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) for system development for effective effective private sector engagement in TVET sector in the year 2016.
3. Systematic M & E system for database and decisions :
The main objective of this thematic areas is to establish and strengthen national TVET database management system for MOE and CTEVT so as to support coordinated planning, monitoring, evaluation and knowledge management of TVET provisions for improved policy, practice and impact evaluation of TVET programmes and services in Nepal.
4. Knowledge management and knowledge networking:
The primary objective of the KM-KN is to bring the diversified TVET service and training providers to a single forum and provide opportunities to share experience, best practices, success stories and the status of ongoing activities so that they can avoid duplication, learn from each other and share help and cooperation for TVET program development and quality improvement.
5. Labour market signalling, assessment and forecasting :
There is some debate in these areas in that short term training is anticipated as being market responsive and hence the utility of needs analysis and forecasting is under debate. This is nonetheless acceptance of the case for needs forecasting in long term TVET. Accordingly the need and methodologies for forecasting and needs analysis will be re-examined, with approaches proposed.
6. Impact evaluation of TVET programmes and services :
At present, little is known about whether TVET leads to employment and has beneficial impacts on income. Discovering the extent that it does through impact analysis will of course help in guiding expenditure. Accordingly, impact evaluation methodologies will be designed and piloted.
SKILLS contributes to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the following ways:
- Improve coordination among TVET actors
- Reduce mismatch between workforce demand and supply
- Increase role of business and industry
- Create environment for result based skills training programmes
- Reliable and consolidated database and labour market information
- Minimize fragmentation of efforts and resources
- Improve quality of TVET programs and services.