New TVET policy should focus on workforce mapping, career counselling

Nov 24, 2017

Bharatpur Deputy Mayor Parbati Shah. Photo: Anand Gurung/SKILLS

Stakeholders in Bharatpur have expressed need for a complete overhaul of the existing technical and vocational education and training policy in the country in line with the federal restructuring and the specific needs of the economy

Deputy Mayor of Bharatpur Metropolitan City Parbati Shah expressed disappointment at the fact that Nepal has to rely on neighboring countries to fulfill the dearth of even minor skilled workers like masons, plumbers, electricians and carpenters, while its own skilled workforce is heading abroad in droves in search of better opportunities.

 “Our focus should not only be centered on producing skilled workforce through quality technical and vocational education and training, but also imparting proper career counselling and business management techniques so that our skilled workers can see good prospects and advancement opportunities in their own country rather than blindly following their brethren to distant lands,” she suggested.

Deputy Mayor Shah made this remark while speaking at a workshop jointly organized by the Ministry of Education (MoE) and UNDP Nepal’s Support to Knowledge and Lifelong Learning Skills (SKILLS) Programme. The workshop sought to solicit feedback from ward chairpersons of Bharatpur Municipality on November 14 on bridging gaps in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) provisions in Nepal in relation to employment, income and livelihood improvement potential. The event saw some 91 participants from various sectors.

She further said that in the context of Nepal’s administrative restructuring, the federal, provincial and local level governments should join hands “to not only retain our skilled workforce in the country but also encourage them to utilize their skills here to contribute to betterment of their society.”

Also speaking at the programme, Chief District Officer of Chitwan Narayan Prasad Bhatta said it was crucial for a newly federated country to have an integrated TVET policy that is formulated after carefully mapping the country’s requirements of skilled workforce in various sectors.

“We have to find out the exact number of skilled manpower required for our agriculture, tourism, construction, hospitality sectors, among others,” CDO Bhatta said. “In the same vein, we also need to conduct studies and research as to where and what percentage of the skilled workforce we produce can be utilized best in country and what percentage should be sent abroad to compete in international market,” he added, remarking that the federal and provincial governments should do this by working closely with the local governments across the country.

“However, the sole task of implementing various provisions of the new TVET policy that will be created after the exercise should fall on the ambit of the local government,” he suggested.

Similarly, chief of Chitwan District Coordination Committee Krishna Kumar Dallakoti stressed on the need to ensure that TVET is working towards modernizing and industrializing the country’s agriculture sector, one of the main contributors to the economy, and help bring in new technical skills and technology to enhance the sector.

Meanwhile, presenting his paper on the importance of nationwide TVET fund to run all types of technical and vocational training at the workshop, Under Secretary at the Ministry of Labour and Employment Jiwan Rai reiterated that in like with the state restructuring process via the ongoing elections, the country’s TVET system and management should also be completely overhauled with a new TVET policy.

Putting forth their suggestions at the meeting, ward chairpersons of Bharatpur municipality called for better coordination and planning between the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Industry, National Planning Commission, Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training and other government agencies to enhance and develop the TVET subsector so that can contribute in economic upliftment of the country. 

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