A total of 1043 graduates attended a three day convocation for Technical Training Institute (TTI) and Institute of Zorig chhusum (IZC) graduates in the capital which ended yesterday.
This is the first ever convocation for Technical Vocation and Education Graduates (TVET). It was organized mainly to give them prior recognition like other university graduates.
The program was initiated by the labor ministry (MoLHR).
Labor Minister Dorji Wangdi said there is critical need of skilled Human resources to drive and sustain economic growth. Therefore investing on TVET not only produces skilled workforce but also helps to sustain growth.
However there is a national concern as many youth are not willing to take up vocational training and consequently the kind of jobs it leads to due to the perceived low image of TVET related employment.
He said they are mostly employed in private and corporate sectors, which discourages the youth to join technical vocation.
And so the government has changed the training process in the institutes through Mckinsey projects. The duration-based training was replaced by competency-based trainings.
TVET also has its Bhutan Vocational Qualification Framework (BVQF) like National Qualification Framework for Education.
“They can now upgrade their qualification for tertiary education and have a world of work and world of education,” said Lyonpo Dorji Wangdi.
This hinders in combating rising youth unemployment, mismatch of demand and supply of skills and also enhancing economic competitiveness of the national labor force.
Lyonpo Dorji Wangdi said every year more than 450 trainees graduate from the institutes but the progress is very slow in terms of producing knowledge based skilled workers as demanded by the present scenario. 043 graduates attended a t1043