Ten (10) officials of the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT)-Enhance Skills for Sustainable and Rewarding Employment (ENSSURE) project of Nepal came to Manila for a Customized Program and Study Visit from January 30-February 3, 2017. The Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) facilitated arrangements for visits and exposure activities in various institutions and organizations that will enable them to learn about and benchmark on the Philippine apprenticeship system.
The core concept of the project ENSSURE was designed in view of enhancing work-based learning mechanisms in Nepal which is quite new in the context of the country both for industries and TVET providers. In order to strengthen the project's implementation, intricacies and challenges, observation visits were embarked at the initial stage of the project timeline so that appropriate learning and training of the implementing staff may be initiated.
The program was organized to observe and assess the critical areas of apprenticeship training. It also aims to equip the participants with knowledge to identify the methodologies of participants' selection, industries selection and coordination and collaboration mechanism for the training. The visits are designed to enable them to observe and identify the tripartite work process (industry, implementing agency, and apprentices) in apprenticeship model. They are expected to learn from the experiences of the Philippines in conducting apprenticeship training and adapt best practices in the context of Nepal. Outputs expected from the group include exposure visit reports to share learning in broader concerned audience and action plans on how to implement observed practices to suit the Nepalese context.
The program is being supervised by Dr. Ram Hari Lamichhane, CPSC Director General, with coordination by Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, CPSC Faculty Consultant. The delegation is led by Mr. Surya Prasad Gautam, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Education (MoE), Nepal.
ENSSURE was established under a bilateral agreement between the Government of Nepal and the Government of Switzerland with the goal to assist Nepalese workers particularly from disadvantaged groups to benefit from continuous employment and an improved standard of living. The whole project, envisioned in three phases with 10-year duration (2016 – 2025), is being implemented by the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) of the CTEVT with technical assistance from Project Support Unit (PSU) managed by HELVETAS Swiss Inter-cooperation Nepal. The project targets to address issues of unemployment, underemployment and unfair pay facing the Nepali labor market resulting from the skills mismatch between industry demands versus TVET graduate skills.
CPSC is set to facilitate visits to the following institutions and offices to expose the CTEVT-ENSSURE officials to implementation of actual apprenticeship training: TESDA Central Office, TESDA Women's Center, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Toyota Motor Philippines, Dualtech Center, Holcim Philippines, Don Bosco Technical Institute-Makati, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Hotel H20.