Ensuring quality training in a time of mushrooming training institutes

The Ministry of Labour and Human Resources (MoLHR) awarded the Quality Excellence Award 2014 to three training providers and also launched the revised regulations for registration of training providers 2010 yesterday in Thimphu.

The gold award with Nu.50, 000 went to Technical Training Institute (TTI) in Punakha; Silver award with Nu, 30,000 was given by Technical Training Institute (TTI) in Bumthang and the bronze award with a cash prize of Nu. 20,000 was bagged by the Rigsum Institute of IT and Management in Thimphu.

According to the MoLHR the number of registered training providers is increasing every year at an alarming rate to cater to an increasing number of school leavers. It thus became a challenging task for the institutes to provide quality training to youth for gainful employment. Therefore, recognize hardworking training providers will encourage training provides to focus more on quality. The award will also further increase their motivation and promote awareness of excellence in training.

MoLHR, Minister, Ngeema Sangay Tshempo said, “When we talk about quality people are very important as well as quality management system, infrastructure and the courses that training providers provides.”

“Among 89 training providers only 24 have participated in this program but I hope there might be many training providers participating in such programs,” he said

Chief Planning Officer, MoLHR, Tandin Dorji said, “Quality excellence Award is based on the quality assurance framework. Training providers are increasing every year. There were only 30 training providers but within four years, there are 89 training providers in the country and most of these training providers are run by private individuals.”

The Department of Occupational Standards (DoS) has formed a committee from relevant ministers and agencies to develop criteria.

The award was announced to all registered institutes 24 applied. The Department shortlisted 12 institutes based on the short listing criteria’s such as grades in the institutes, total strength of the students, trainers, support staffs and number of courses accredited.

The Main objectives of this award are to encourage training providers to maintain TVET quality standards, asses the strength and weakness of training providers, recognize best training providers for their attainment of quality standards as per TVET and promote and foster quality TVET system for production of high quality and skilled human resources.

Two committees (award committee and assessment committee) from agencies such as RUB, BICTTA, RSTA, QAAD, MoIC, DOE, DHR, and DOL participated in the selection process.


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