ToT on Career Orientation Programme
Kathmandu/12 December 2017
‘Training of Trainers on Career Orientation Programme in Schools’, organized by ANTARANG commenced on 11 December 2017.
The 7-day ToT is a step towards providing information related to career options to the ninth graders of community schools as ENSSURE envisions orient youths about their career options before they enter the labour market.
During the training, the participants will be acquainted with the concepts of career guidance, career beliefs and career counselling among others. Dr Gideon Arulmani of Promise Foundation, Bangalore, India will be facilitating the training.
Speaking at the opening session, Helvetas Nepal Country Director Dr Bharat Pokharel provided a brief introduction to the organization while stressing that the career orientation was an important activity for the organization. Encouraging the participants for creating awareness on the need for career counselling, he cautioned that there might be some resistance to the new concept and practice.
ENSSURE Project Manager and CTEVT Training Division’s Director, Mahesh Bhattarai said that some CTEVT-affiliated schools are adhering to some sort of career orientation. He also stressed the need to adopt the modern concept of formal career guidance and counselling in the locally contextualized form. He expressed that one’s career should enhance the overall all life experience of the people so right career choice through proper guidance was only pertinent.
Dr Arulmani said that he was encouraged by the government’s willingness to own the activity as only this would ensure the sustainability of the effort. He said that though the concept of career guidance was a western concept, it can be adopted after adjusting it to local culture and context.
The training is a step towards implementation of the project’s component, “Improving workers’ employability”. A bilateral endeavour of the Government of Switzerland and Government of Nepal, the project is implemented by CTEVT with technical support from Helvetas Nepal.