Webinar on Importance and Relevance of NVQS for Youths’ Employability and Career Progression

Initial vocational education and training
To provide information about National Vocational Qualifications System (NVQS) and its importance to a wide range of audiences and stakeholders, Council for Technical Education & Vocational Training (CTEVT)/ National Skill Testing Board (NSTB) and Nepal Vocational Qualifications System Project (NVQS-P) has jointly started a series of webinar sessions.

After completion of two successful webinars, third in the series titled “Importance and relevance of NVQS for youths’ employability and career progression” was organized on 20 July 2021. The webinar was organized especially targeting youths, returnee and prospective migrants, trainees, and students. The main objective of the event was to introduce and explain the importance and relevance of NVQS for young people and clarify its linkage to youth’s employability and career progression. The event also aimed to provide knowledge about the present status of NVQS in Nepal to young people explaining how it can be beneficial for them.

The webinar was moderated by Ms. Nishi Shrestha, Unit head of the Marketing Department, NSTB. She started the event by welcoming everyone and sharing its objective. Likewise, the first presentation of the webinar was done by the Director of NSTB, Mr. Tek Bahadur Malla who provided a brief overview of CTEVT and NSTB. He highlighted the importance of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) partnerships and linkages. He further explained the eligibility criteria for skill testing offered by NSTB and explained the current situation of skill testing and the way forward to build NVQ system in Nepal. The second presentation of the webinar was done by the Team Leader of NVQS-P, Swisscontact, Mr. Devi Prasad Dahal, through his presentation, he provided insights to the audience regarding what NVQ is and why it is necessary. He mainly highlighted how the NVQS helps youth in career development and employability.

Next in the program, Prof. Dr. Sriram Bhagut Mathe, Education and TVET Expert, International Team Leader USESDP, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Cambodia, presented his perspective and experience of working nationally as well as internationally in TVET sector. He provided motivational remarks to the youths for their career progression. To highlight the experience and benefit of Skill Testing, a skill test graduate, Ms. Indu Shahu shared her experience on how she completed the level 3 in building electrician from NSTB and eventually opened her own enterprise. As the last speaker of the event, Mr. Sanjeev Thapa, Chief Operating Officer of Park Village Resort, Budhanilkantha, shared how skill testing benefits both the employees and the employers.

There was representation and remarkably active participation from various youth organizations, networks, and individual youths. Many queries and questions from the participants were addressed by the presenters. More than 1,000 people (22% female) joined the zoom session during different times, whereas there was presence of 300 participants in average during entire event. The webinar was also broadcasted live through NSTB’s Facebook page, where 3,500 people have viewed it (till 5 pm, 21 July). Participating youths and concerned beneficiaries have ‘expressed their interest and willingness to participate in the mission of NVQS/NSTB’.

The video record including presentation of the webinar can be accessed through link https://fb.watch/v/1Ov4Luy-l/

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.