ENSSURE Initiates Discussion on Apprenticeship in IT Sector
May 30, 2018
Enhanced Skills for Sustainable and Rewarding Employment (ENSSURE) organized an interaction among the experts of Information Technology Sector on 30 May with an objective of materializing the apprenticeship programme in the sector.
Speaking at the opening, ENSSURE project coordinator and deputy director of CTEVT/Training Division, Mr Kushmakar Bhatta introduce the project activities to the participants. Highlighting the importance of skills training in Nepal, he explained how the apprenticeship programme is expected to be beneficial to both the youth job seekers and to the industries who are taking in the apprentices. Also introducing instances of existing apprenticeship training mainly the one being conducted by Butwal Technical Institute (BTI), Butwal, he added that ENSSURE would like to develop a similar type of training in the IT sector.
Deepak Prasad Poudel, the Director of Curriculum Development and Planning explained to the participants the curriculum development process and sought the cooperation from the sector to expand CTEVT’s apprentice programme by supporting the development of apprenticeship curriculum in IT. He also added that main target of the project for the apprenticeship programme was the youth of 16 years of age or above and those who have appeared in SEE exams.
Earlier, ENSSURE Project Support Unit’s team leader Mr Subas Subedi explained how the concept of apprenticeship in IT sector came through. Saying that IT sector in Nepal is a growing sector with a shortage of people with skills on technician level, he added that ENSSURE was trying to explore different sectors which can be viable for apprenticeship system in Nepal and IT was one them.
During the discussion, most of the IT professionals and industries expressed positive views regarding the ENSSURE efforts. They acknowledged that the apprenticeship programme can be effective to create a workforce in certain sectors of IT while for some, a bit of advanced knowledge was required. The representatives of the IT industries also shared that they faced a constant shortage of skilled workforce and retaining them was also an issue while some other suggested not to set age or academic qualification as a limit. They were also interested in the strategies for selection and retention of the trainees. They also suggested the first phase of training i.e. institute-based training can be extended to six months to ensure that the trainees have both basic computer knowledge and the specific sector knowledge.
The conclusion of the discussion was that four working groups would be formed to draft curriculum sections on desktop support/hardware, designing, call centre and data entry/Software operation skill. The teams with three members in each group will meet next week to set the format and other tasks to proceed with curriculum development.