Workshop on Apprenticeship Implementation Model Held

Enhanced Skills for Sustainable and Rewarding Employment (ENSSURE)/CTEVT organized a workshop on 5 November 2017 to create more awareness and acceptance to customize the apprenticeship model of skills development training in Nepali context. During the programme, ENSSURE presented the model of apprenticeship proposed by the project.

TVET experts Chandra Bhakta Nakarmi made a presentation on “Current Status and Legal Provisions of Apprenticeship in Nepal”. Key points of the presentation included a brief introduction to the apprenticeship model, benefits of apprenticeship to employers and the government, laws referring to apprenticeship (CTEVT Act 1988; Industry Trainee Training Act 1982; Industrial Policy 2011; TEVT policy 2012; CTEVT Strategy Plan 2014-18; School Sector Reform Plan 2016; Labour Act 2072), apprenticeship committee and concluded with stress on workplace-based learning.

The second presentation was by Dilip Thapa of Butwal Technical Institute. He shared the apprenticeship model of the BTI which has been adopting this type of skills development training since its establishment in 1963 and he also touched upon BTI’s long and short training programmes and curricula.

The third presentation was the apprenticeship model of ENSSURE made by ENSSURE/CTEVT’s project manager Mahesh Bhattarai. The model proposes 18 months or 72 weeks of industry-based training with about four weeks of exclusive training at the institute and then training on 71st and 72nd weeks to provide skills that were missed out in the industry.

Participants were related to technical and vocational education and training either in organizational or individual capacity. The institutions represented were Ministry of Education, CTEVT, CTEVT/TITI, donor agency representative, technical and educational institutes, former CTEVT personnel and TVET experts.

Major points of discussion were related to the apprenticeship’s duration, curriculum, finance, model, industry’s involvement. The participants expressed that the duration should depend on the nature of the occupation and that the curriculum should be competency-based. They also voiced that the implementation of the model was challenging if not impossible while adding the incentives to the industry and support from government can make it a success.

Joint-Secretary of the Ministry of Education encouraged the team to take up the challenge while pledging government support for its implementation. He also stressed on the need of curriculum flexibility and urged the industry to come in fore to monitoring the institute-based training.

Member Secretary Pushpa Raman Wagle thanked SDC and BTI for adopting such training model. He stressed on localized and contextualized curriculum and expressed satisfaction at industry’s willingness to participate in the apprenticeship program while pledging CTEVT’s support to make the attempt a success.

Vice-chairperson Kul Bahadur Basnet urged all to create same understanding about apprenticeship. He also asked for coordination with local bodies to implement these kinds of training while asking the project to be cautious while selecting training providers.

Earlier, welcoming the participants, Kushmakar Bhatta, the Director of CTEVT/Deputy Director and Deputy Project Manager and Capacity Building lead cited one of the provisions of the TVET Policy 2012 being an increased involvement of private sector in skills training. He further shared the programme’s expectation of collecting feedback on the Apprenticeship Model, proposed by ENSSURE. The program was facilitated by ENSSURE/CTEVT’s Deepak Babu Aryal.