Orientation to Partners for Short Training Courses Conducted

7 June/ Kathmandu

The Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) organized a ‘Partner Orientation Programme on Short Training Courses with OJT in Kathmandu on 7 June. The objective of the orientation was to provide the eight training providers involved in conducting short training courses with OJT an orientation of the training, its implementation guideline and to build a cooperative platform for the all involved parties.

The programme was attended by the CTEVT Vice-Chairperson Kul Bahadur Basnet, newly appointed Member-Secretary Pushpa Raman Wagle, executive secretaries of Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) and Federation of Contractors’ Association of Nepal (FCAN), Helvetas Nepal’s Country Director, training providers, their consortium partner representative and project-affiliated staff of PIU and PSU.

Speaking at the programme, Wagle said that without social and economic progress is a must for development of the country and vocational education can alleviate poverty in Nepal.  CTEVT is an autonomous and apex body, we should take it to the nook and corners of the country.  Thanking SDC for its long-time support, he lauded the project as being a realistic programme which infused OJT as an important part.

Similarly, CTEVT’s Vice-Chairperson Kul Bahadur Basnet said that the training centres were actually helping CTEVT to implement its mandate but were being criticized for lack of professional attitude. He added as the people continued to remain unemployed, all the concerned sectors should learn from past shortcomings and retrospect. He also stressed the need for maintaining data so that a clear picture of the sector would be known.

While welcoming the participants CTEVT Training Division’s director and project manager Mahesh Bhattarai iterated that with the commencement of the training, Nepal was entering into a new training space. Mentioning the important roles of the training providers, companies association, he said that the new mode of training stressed on quality production of skilled youth. He further pledged to support the training providers and consortium partners on any issue.

Speaking at the programme, ENSSURE PSU team leader Subas Subedi gave a brief introduction to the project. He added that the training concept is not a new one but the one developed on the basis of the previous similar skills training. He also mentioned other components including vocational training, apprenticeship, workers’ further training, organizational Health and Safety and Human Resource Management. He urged all the parties concerned to work together for the establishment of a system and success of the project

FCAN’s general secretary Ran Sharan Deuja and HAN general secretary Binayak Shah said that they were glad that the CTEVT was involving them from the initial stage of the training designing. They pledged support to the project team and the members of their associations.   

Country Director of Helvetas Nepal, Dr Bharat Pokharel said that the project has given a chance to development agencies and developers to come together in a platform. He reminded that businesses and industries are the actual job creators while the agencies could provide some support or introduce ideas. Pointing towards the available data of 450,000 youths entering the job market in Nepal and the failure of get them involved in productive work, he said that the project would set a model for 80% of the population that drop out, and for those who are not aware of any occupational safety standard and human resource management. He further elaborated that the project is a win-win model with workers’ employability and income increased, CTEVT’s inclusiveness and acceptance increased and supporting companies/ business/ training providers for increased production, profit, and quality of their service.

Similarly, SDC’s programme officer Dr Usha Bhandari congratulated all for being a part of the system building process. She pointed out milestones of the project, one being the private sector’s close collaboration while reiterating that the business and industries as being key players. While stressing on the quality of the graduates, she, on behalf of the Switzerland Government, urged all to add efforts for a successful model of skills training.

Project’s deputy manager Kushmakar Bhatta facilitated the programme who shared the features of training implementation guideline and facilitated the discussion.