Apprenticeship Training Kicks Off

Itahari/ 26 July 2018

Apprenticeship Training has been launched in Nepal in a programme jointly organized by Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) and Manmohan Polytechnic in Hattimuda, Morang on 26 July 2018. 

Sherdhan Rai, the chief minister of State 1 inaugurated the training which was also attended by state ministers, Swiss Ambassador Elisabeth von Capeller Oswald, CTEVT member secretary, chairs and deputy-chairs of local government, Minister of Education’s senior staff, experts of technical and vocational education and training, industrialists based in the State 1, representatives of businesses and industries, media persons and apprentices.

Apprenticeship is a successful type of skill development training in many countries across the world in which a trainee learns while working in the industry. It is hoped that this training will contribute to the economic development of the country by creating a productive workforce.

This is a type of training which produces skilled technical young workforce as per the market demand and support the youth to be established as skilled workers providing them with a chance to get practical knowledge, skills and attitude essential for the business/industry.

Considered a milestone in the skill development training sector in Nepal, the training will of 24-month duration and the graduates will get TSLC certificate.

With this, it is hoped that they will have a relatively easy entry in the job market and a chance to get minimum salary and benefits set by the Government of Nepal.

Manmohan is one of the four institutes undertaking the first round of the programme, others being Balaju School of Engineering and Technology (BSET), Bheri Technical School (BTS) and Korean Nepal Institute of Technology (KNIT).

The courses offered for the first round of the programme are Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. The project aims to expand to more government and private technical schools and to add other occupations for training.

For the trainees of the Apprenticeship programme, 50 business/industries have expressed commitment for coordination and cooperation.

The apprenticeship training was launched by Enhanced Skills for Sustainable and Rewarding Employment (ENSSURE) project. The project is being implemented by CTEVT with the technical assistance of Helvetas Nepal as per the bilateral agreement by the Government of Nepal and the Government of Switzerland.  

The project targets to provide apprenticeship training to 1,500. It also conducts short course training with OJT, workers’ further training and contributes to career guidance.