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. People looking for work opportunities, especially those from the disadvantaged groups, will benefit from an improved vocational training qualification and skills certification system which increases their chances for a sustainable and decent employment.
Nepal Vocational Qualifications System Project (NVQS-P) aims to establish a National Vocational Qualification System (NVQS) that will enable Nepali youths to increase their employability. NVQS-P Phase II is the continuum of the first phase of the project which has made significant achievements by supporting the government such as the refinement, wider consensus, and finally approval of the National Vocational Qualifications Framework (NVQF) from the Cabinet.
The project targets to develop a system that creates opportunities for all youths for testing, certification and recognition of their skills and competencies to enable them to enter national and international labour market for better employment opportunities. The project also focuses on further strengthening the key stakeholders of the technical and vocational education and training system, particularly, CTEVT and National Skill Testing Board (NSTB) as well as business associations through policy dialogue and capacity development for an emerging market-oriented skills development system at federal, provincial, and local levels.