Workshop on Apprenticeship based training

Workshop on Apprenticeship based training

Date: June 2, 2016 

A three-day workshop on Apprenticeship-based training which was organized by the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTEVT) with the objective to develop a clear insight on Apprenticeship modality of training and to discuss the appropriate models in the context of Nepal concluded in Kathmandu today. The workshop was titled “Towards a successful apprenticeship system for Nepal.” Speaking at the inauguration of the workshop, Member Secretary, Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTEVT), Dr Ram Hari Lamichhane congratulated the participants and said that the workshop was the first milestone to bringing apprenticeship into practice in the country. He also said that there needs to be a direct involvement of the government, the training providers and the industries in producing skilled human resources in the country. 

The representatives from the Federation of Construction Association Nepal (FCAN), Hotel Professional Federation (HPFN), the construction and the hotel industries, training providers and CTEVT participated at the workshop along with the representatives from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Helvetas Nepal, National Vocational Qualification System (NVQS) and Enhanced Skills for Sustainable and Rewarding Employment (ENSSURE) Project. Mr Johann Peter Porten, facilitated the workshop. The few examples of apprenticeship modality of training practiced in the country was shared at the workshop: Mr Laxman Devkota a renowned personality in the Hydropower sector who himself began his career as an apprentice at Butwal Technical Institute (BTI) some four decades ago shared his experience; Ms Jyoti Khatri from Employment Fund/ Helvetas Nepal shared her experience of apprenticeship conducted in coordination with the chambers and association and the industries, and; Mr Khem Lakhai from GATE college shared his experience and presented success stories. Dr Hari Lamsal from the Ministry of Education presented the current legal provisions on Apprenticeship in Nepal.

In the present context, where the country faces an acute shortage of skilled human resource on one hand, and outmigration of youth as unskilled labours on the other, the ENSSURE project under the agreement between the Government of Nepal and the Government of Switzerland started its operation in January 2016 to reduce the distance among the youth, the employers and the training providers. The project stresses on industry based training (apprenticeship, further training of existing workers, and short training courses with the On the Job component). It implemented by the CTEVT with technical assistance HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal. ENSSURE aims to assist Nepalese workers particularly from disadvantaged groups to benefit from continuous employment and an improved standard of living. The project is implemented with the three interrelated objectives: Workers have improved their employability; Partner companies have established a favourable work environment; TVET system is expanded and more inclusive of the private sector.

In its first year of operation, the project aims to train 200 apprentices in different occupations with a total 1,500 apprentices in the four years of its first phase (2016 to 2019).