TVET Institutions Partnership Crucial

| May 7, 2015

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Skills Development, Mr Richard Matlhare, says there is need for the industry to partner with Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions to impart quality skills tailored to the needs of industry.

Speaking at the launch of strengthening employment relevant TVET in Botswana in Gaborone on May 5, he said the market industry was the right partner to assist in providing training geared at the labour market needs.

The project is a tripartite partnership between The ministry, Botswana Chamber of Mines and Deutsche Gesellschaft Internatinale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) which aims at improving capabilities of TVET institutions and enhancing sustainability in ensuring that curricula, HR cater for needs based TVET in selected occupational fields.

Personnel at relevant TVET institutions and involved private companies will be given supplementary training parallel to the aisory services and also engage private sector in revising curricula and provide workplace attachment places and holding exams.

Mr Matlhare said there are 12 000 qualified unemployed youth in Botswana due to the fact that there is no training for the labour market.

He said the partnership will improve graduates employability and narrow the discrepancies between qualifications and labour market requirements. He said with competitive skills, the country will be able to export personnel and be noticed internationally for its efficiency.

Mr Matlhare stated that Botswana is committed in pushing for vocational training with the dual model being one of the ideals to use where students will be exposed to the work industry during their studies.

In his remarks, the German ambassador to Botswana, Mr Rolf Ulrich said vocational and technical training has relevance in diversifying economy and reduce poverty.

He said the two year tripartite partnership which ends in 2017 will require fruitful cooperation between government and private sector. He said grounds for training need to be cultivated for the delivery of high quality technical and vocational skills.

Botswana Chamber of Mines chief Executive officer, Mr Charles Sewawa said appropriate skills are essential in every business industry in order for a country to prosper.

“As the mining industry, we find it necessary to empower vocational training because they are essential in mining and hence our partnership,” he said.

He said instead of fighting for the skilled manpower as industries, there is need to invest and develop them.

Mr Siwawa concurred that dual training model is a good one since leaners will spend half time in classroom and the other half in the work industry.

Technical aisors will be assigned to support curricula development at DTVET and training at Botswana College of Engineering and Technology, Oodi College of Arts, Palapye College Technical and Francistown Technical College.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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