Hon’ble Lyonpo, Ngeema Sangay Tshempo launched the documents of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Blueprint and National Workforce Plan (NWFP) today.
The TVET Blueprint developed by the Department of Human Resources, MoLHR articulates a long term strategic vision that will guide and influence reforms and development in TVET over the next ten years (from 2016-2026). Achieving close alignment with other Government policies and strategies, the blueprint outlines a strategic approach for policy reform and development planning in skills development with an objective to address the inherent sector challenges and meet existing and future labour market demands. The implementation of this blueprint is expected to bring far-reaching reforms in Skilling Bhutan. About 110, 000 youth will have to be skilled in the next ten years.
The National Workforce Plan developed by the Ministry is an effort towards aligning the labour supply (which are driven by our TVET and Tertiary Education System) to the employers demand, thus resulting in productive and effective workforce and more competitive Bhutanese businesses. The NWFP also seeks to equip students with skills required by the industry and foster acquisition of higher skills and learning among the workforce for greater productivity within the industry.
The first NWFP has been developed for three economic sectors; Tourism, Construction and Production. These three sectors are identified as one of the five jewels and priority sector as per our Economic Development Policy (EDP) due to its growth and employment potential. As emphasized in the findings, Bhutan will see jobs for high skilled, medium skilled and skilled in these three sectors.
The release of these two historic documents will bring in positive TVET reforms and will be an important guiding documents on labour market demand and contribute towards greater socio- economic development of the country.