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Strengthening Vocational Education in Bhutan

The one year capacity building programme on ‘strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Bhutan’, which ends this month, developed innovative capacity of TVET instructors and introduce then to key elements of quality and industry-driven training models.

Implemented in three phases, by the labour ministry in collaboration with the government of New South Wales (NSW), Australia, the programme was implemented based on the “Letter of Intent” signed between Bhutan and NSW, Australia during the official visit Prime Minister, Dasho Tshering Tobgay to Australia in October last year.

The first phase was conducted with 33 participants from April 14th to 28th. The second phase was in TAFE-NSW, Australia, with seven participants who were selected from the first phase and was held from 27th August till 8th September.

“The main objective of the third phase is to share knowledge, skills, experience and exposure the seven participants gained and to incorporate it in our system and enhance the quality of our TVET system” said the senior Program Officer, TVET Professional Services Division, with the labour ministry.

A total of 31 participants took part in the third phase which was based on competency based training and assessment, student engagement, student lifecycle journey and measuring student satisfaction and improving public perceptions around skills training and enhancing skills training profile

Labour secretary Sonam Wangchuk said it is the responsibility and mandate of the ministry to ensure that the TVET system is dynamic, robust and relevant to the market.

He said the project is intended to engage Bhutan’s TVET participants to reflect on their institution or college and identify the key priorities for each participant and their institution. “The priorities must address the stated aims of this project and align with the key pillars and strategies from the TVET Blueprint 2016 –2026 to expand TVET provision, improve quality, improve relevance and strengthen management systems,” he said.

The learning included e-Technology based learning, developing pathways for students for further education and training and engaging students.

The participants were principals and instructors of Technical Training Institutes and Private training institutes and participants.

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