Support to Knowledge and Lifelong Learning Skills Programme (SKILLS)

Status: Active  
Duration:  April 2015 - December 2020  
Geographic coverage: All districts  
Focus area: Poverty reduction  
Implemented by: UNDP, Ministry of Education, Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training  
Funded by: UNDP    

Summary

The Support to Knowledge and Lifelong Learning Skills (SKILLS) programme under UNDP was envisioned, working closely with the MoE and CTEVT to reform the TVET Policy 2012, so as to make provisions therein more practical and responsive to the present-day demands of the market. Through regular policy dialogues, SKILLS aims to create a policy review platform, assembling a wide range of stakeholders and experts, including representatives of line ministries, public organizations and the private sector, development partners and social organizations at local, provincial, and federal levels.

Background

A large number of organizations in the country—including government, non-government, private-sector and donor-funded projects—are presently engaged in the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) sub-sector. However, coordination among these TVET providers is yet to be strengthened and inconsistencies addressed in quality and reach of TVET opportunities, particularly in terms of increasing access to women and people from marginalized and disadvantaged groups.

Three attempts—in 1999, 2007 and 2012—were made for development and implementation of a coherent TVET policy in Nepal. On the first two occasions, the policy took the form of internal documents prepared by the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) with limited involvement of other concerned TVET stakeholders. The existing TVET Policy 2012, on the other hand, was prepared under the leadership of Ministry of Education (MoE) in collaboration with line ministries and the CTEVT. The 2012 policy however has been come under criticism for its inability to incorporate TVET sectoral issues, and calls have emerged to review and render the policy more comprehensive and effective in consultation with concerned stakeholders.

It is in this context that the Support to Knowledge and Lifelong Learning Skills (SKILLS) programme under UNDP was envisioned, working closely with the MoE and CTEVT to reform the TVET Policy 2012, so as to make provisions therein more practical and responsive to the present-day demands of the market. Through regular policy dialogues, SKILLS aims to create a policy review platform, assembling a wide range of stakeholders and experts, including representatives of line ministries, public organizations and the private sector, development partners and social organizations at local, provincial, and federal levels.

The Government of Nepal (GoN), MoE and UNDP thus signed an agreement on 6 April 2015 to initiate the SKILLS programme to support (i) TVET policy coherence involving public, private sector, organizations/donors in the reform of TVET Policy 2012; and (ii) to design monitoring and evaluation system for the quality assurance, knowledge management and networking as relates to the TVET sub-sector.  MoE is the implementing partner and leading organization of the programme where as CTEVT has been vested with the role of regulating the TVET sector in Nepal. The programme is under National Implementation Modality (NIM) of UNDP.

What have we accomplished so far?

  • Preparatory works, orientation and review of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Policy 2012 initiated in 2015 with the consultation of multiple TVET stakeholders. The TVET policy dialogue process has been continuously carried out with 17 TVET line ministries as well as with the Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), Federation of Nepalese Cottage and Small Industries (FNCSI) and other major employer associations at the local, provincial and federal levels.
  • Private sector engagement in TVET policy reviewed with the involvement of representatives of business and industries in collaboration with FNCCI in 2016.
  • To institutionalize Knowledge Management and Knowledge Networking for development of TVET, and Quality TVET for Green and Sustainable Economy, meetings and consultations were held at regional and central levels in 2015 and 2016 in collaboration and partnership with the CTEVT.
  • Signalling of Labour Market Demands for workers with Technical Skills foreign employment.The labor market signaling assessment study completed in close collaboration and partnership with the CTEVT in 2015 and 2016.
  • TVET impact evaluation methodology developed in 2016.
  • National TVET MIS developed in 2016 and database synchronization has been completed in 2017.
  • A draft comprehensive TVET Annual Report developed in 2016 and disseminated to the concerned stakeholders for the finalization process.
  • Labour market assessment in agriculture sector (floriculture, tea Industry, natural fiber and herbal processing) conducted and report disseminated to the line ministries and stakeholders in 2016.   

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Contacts

UNDP focal point:
Mr. Surendra Sob
Poverty and Inclusion Unit
UNDP
UN House, Pulchowk
5523200- ext: 1095
Email: surendra.sob@undp.org

 

Project focal point:
Dr. Mukunda Mani Khanal
National Programme Manager
Support to Knowledge and Lifelong Learning Skills (SKILLS)
Poverty and Inclusion Unit
Tara House, Sanepa, Lalitpur, Nepal.
+977-1-5528018
Email: mukundamkhanal@hotmail.com

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