ADB to support Bhutan’s efforts to build local capacity: Labour Minister

During the Question and Answer Session in National Assembly, Member of Parliament (MP) of Wamrong Constituency Karma Thinley said due to the deterioration in economic situation in the country, unemployment issues have further worsened. Therefore, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes have also been started.

He requested Labour Minister Ugyen Dorji to report to the House on the outcomes of initiatives, and also the benefits reaped in solving the unemployment issues in the country.

In response, the Labour Minister shared with the house on the plans and programs of TVET. The minister said the government has not able to do much when it comes to technical and vocational education.

 However, within two years, the government was able to train almost 3,000 youths under Build Building Project (BBP) but that is also not enough. So the government is also looking into creating more training institutes in order to build the local capacity. For example, currently in Serbithang, Thimphu, the government is building a training institute which can accommodate around 300 youths.

Similarly in Samthang Technical Training Institute, the government is working on it to its full capacity. The government is also working on building capacity to trainers and trainees.

Minister also said now under the Department of Adult and Higher Education, one has an opportunity to avail scholarship unlike in the past.

Meanwhile, the international trainers and experts are expected to be in the country to help local capacity building in the training institutes through support from Asian Development Bank (ADB), where Bhutan will receive USD 40 million dollars.

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