Nepal Vocational Qualifications System Project (NVQS)/National Skill Testing Board (NSTB) has been piloting Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) approach in Nepal. RPL is the process of assessing an individual’s prior learning (with direct and indirect evidence) taken outside the formal system and certifying such individuals as per their knowledge equivalent to standards set by NSTB.
NVQS/NSTB joined hands with Duhabi municipality of Nepal to implement the RPL approach and assess the local masons within the municipality. This agreement was brought forth through the municipality’s request to ensure the availability of certified workers in Duhabi.
By the end of May 2019, NVQS/NSTB assessed and certified the skills of 20 selected masons from the municipality. A certification ceremony was organized for the graduates on 4th October 2019. Mr. Bed Narayan Gachhadar, Mayor of Duhabi Municipality; Dr. Shiva Prasad Dahal, Chief of CTEVT, Province office No.1; Mrs. Sunita Dahal Shah, Deputy Mayor of Duhabi Municipality and Mr. Sudeep Adhikari, Training Manager of Manmohan Memorial Polytechnic had attended the ceremony. This was an excellent opportunity for NVQS/ NSTB to contribute to enhance capacity of local government.
Mr. Bed Narayan Gachhadar expressed his gratitude towards Swisscontact and NVQS/NSTB for certifying the skills of local masons. He also shared his plan to replicate this initiative, henceforth placing certified workers in all occupations. Furthermore, he elaborated the importance of skills development and certification which prove relevant to professional growth within the municipality.