As a background of the event, Swisscontact initiated the 18-months long dual Apprenticeship training for two occupations, Cook and Agriculture Machinery in Yangon and Mandalay. 9 hotels from Yangon and 7 companies from Agriculture Machinery distribution and production in Yangon and Mandalay participated in this pilot training. Swisscontact partnered with MHTi, a private training provider in Yangon to deliver the off-the-job training for cook and Agriculture Machinery Mechnic training is implemented at Government Technical Institutes and Agricultural Training Institutes. This training is arranged depending on the nature of occupation and reflecting the need of the respective industry. So far, 49 apprentices (22 Cooks and 27 Mechanics) are receiving the training. Swisscontact signed Record of Discussion with MoE where the DTVET serves as a coordinator for the training implementation. Apprenticeship implementation is supported by Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, Ministry of Hotels and Tourism and Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation.
H.E. U Win Maw Tun, Deputy Minister from Ministry of Education and U Myo Aung, Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population gave opening remarks at the launching event. Mr. Giacomo Solari, Charge de Affairs, Embassy of Switzerland in Myanmar shared the Switzerland’s unique experience and tradition in Apprenticeship training and explained the Swiss support in vocational skills sector in Myanmar. Afterwards, Samuel Bon, Chief Executive Officer of Swisscontact explained about Swisscontact’s global experience in implementing skills development and private sector development projects and good practices in Apprenticeship training implementation. H.E. U Naing Ngan Lin, Minister of Social Affairs of Yangon Region and H.E. U Lin Naing Myint (Vice Chairman of the Yangon Region Parliament) also attended the Launch.
The objectives of the event are to officially launch the pilot apprenticeship project and promote dual apprenticeship training as an alternative model to school-based vocational training. The launch also gave the participants to understand and share views and experiences of apprenticeship business partners on the implementation of the pilot apprenticeships. Philippe Battle, Area General Manager of Accord Hotels and U Aung Aung Naing, Managing Director of Shwe Phon Agriculture Machinery Company talked about challenges in seeking skilled labour for their respective industries and shared their views on how does Apprenticeship support their businesses. At the event, Swisscontact presented the publication on ‘Apprenticeship Systems in Asia’ which highlights about locally ‘owned’ systems and not at donor supported projects or initiatives. The study also explains the different apprenticeship training systems, practices and experiences in various Asian countries which can be taken as references for developing an apprenticeship training system in Myanmar. The event also allowed stakeholders to have a better understanding of apprenticeship training systems in other Asian countries and to understand what must be considered and is required to introduce this in Myanmar.