Nepal Vocational Qualifications System Project: its Relevance in National and International Job Market 

Initial vocational education and training
Nepal Vocational Qualifications System Project (NVQS-P) organized an online webinar on 8 June 2021 titled “NVQS as a TVET reform agenda in Nepal: its relevance in national and international job market”. The event aimed to educate and inform relevant stakeholders and public about the basics of National Vocational Qualifications System (NVQS) and its importance.

The webinar was conducted through the online platform Zoom and was open to public for participation. The webinar highlighted the importance and relevance of NVQS for the overall reform of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector in Nepal. It also provided insights into the status of NVQS, how the NVQS in Nepal can be linked to international job market, and how the existing gap can be bridged. The webinar is one of the series of the events that will continue during entire year and beyond. 

National TVET expert Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, Director General of Colombo Plan Staff College, made a presentation titled, “NVQS: an urgent need for Nepal”, where he talked about the importance and benefits of NVQS and next steps for the development and implementation of NVQS in the context of Nepal. Likewise, international expert Dr. James Keevy, Chief Executive Officer of JET Education Services, South Africa, presented on the topic, “Qualification Frameworks in 2021: an international perspective”. He shared knowledge on qualifications frameworks development internationally and talked about future considerations. There was a question-and-answer session after each presentation where the queries of the participants were answered by the presenters. 

Altogether, 398 people participated in the event with participation of many distinguished guests and TVET sector experts. There was presence of Hon. Minister of Gandaki Province, Hon. Member of National Planning Commission, respective secretaries from different ministries, officials from province and federal level government bodies, business and industry associations including sector skill committees etc. The event was also broadcasted live through the Facebook page of National Skill Testing Board (NSTB), which has been viewed by more than 3,000 people till date. The event was formally closed by the Vice Chairperson of the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT), Mr. Khagendra Prasad Adhikari. 

The audio record including presentation of the webinar can be accessed through the link.

Nepal Vocational Qualifications System
500,000 young adults enter the labour market of Nepal yearly but most of them remain unemployed or underemployed. Through the programme, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology along with the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) will be supported to establish a National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) Framework and a corresponding NVQ Authority to manage it.
Initial vocational education and training
Nepal Vocational Qualifications System (NVQS)
Youths entering the labour market in Nepal are compelled to remain unemployed or underemployed and work in low-pay jobs due to a lack of skills, and lack of certification and recognition of the skills they have. To provide wider opportunities and to enable Nepali youth without formal vocational training and education, and those who have gained skills through work experience to enter the labour market with recognized certificates for better employability and career path, the Government of Nepal (GoN) has initiated a National Vocational Qualifications System (NVQS) with the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) to be implemented.