Role of Private Sector on Effective Vocational Education and Training

12 May 2017 

The Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTEVT) organized a workshop on the Role of Private Sector on Effective Vocational Education and Training in Kathmandu on 12 May.

The objective of the workshop was to highlight the role of the private sector in making the vocational education in Nepal effective and sustainable.

The programme was attended by Hon. Minister of Education Dhaniram Poudel and chaired by Secretary of Ministry of Education, Shanta Ram Shrestha.

CTEVT’s acting Member Secretary Ramesh Kumar Bakhati welcomed the participants. During his address, he thanked efforts of the Government of Switzerland for to implement the Apprenticeship model of training as the CTEVT had not been able to form and operationalize such committee in its nearly 30 years of existence. He added that the private sector has been included and considered in TVET policy review.

Shedding light on the programme, Project Implementation Unit’s Project Manager Mahesh Bhattarai stressed the importance of employability and participation of trainers for guaranteeing the quality of the training. He also highlighted that the private sector was the biggest trainer of the workforce.

Project back-stopper Hansruedi Pfeiffer made a presentation on the role of private sector for effective vocational education and training with some allusions to European practice.

Addressing the programme, Minister Dhaniram Poudel said that the government had always promoted private sector in education including the vocational education. He added that a need for review has been long felt that the government has not been able to link education and employment. He added that the government was devising a plan to incorporate the PPP model in the education sector like in the economic sector.

Adding that the state’s role in policy-making and private sector’s implementation of those policies is not well coordinated, Minister Poudel said that the government was moving towards economic development as the transitional phase concluded. He also pledged that the government will support the private sector to sort out policy, legal and planning issues.

Following the speeches, the participants that included business and industries, professional organizations, trade union and government officials among others, shared their experience, concerns, and expectations regarding implementation of the apprenticeship model of training.

Towards the conclusion of the programme, SDC head of mission Diepak Elmar recalled the Nepal Switzerland relation going back as far as 1956 including in TVET sector. Saying that the relationship is based on mutual trust and friendship, he pledged that the support would continue in the new context of federalization.

Secretary of Education, Shanta Ram Shrestha, concluded the programme by thanking the Government of Switzerland, stressing on a need to reflect on Nepal’s education policy and a need to ponder on training.