Rwanda Polytechnic (RP) in collaboration with the Workforce Development Authority (WDA) and TVET Stakeholders as well as Development Partners concluded a three-day retreat that took place from Thursday, 16th to 18th January 2020 at Classic Lodge in Musanze District.
While officially opening the retreat, the Vice Chancellor of Rwanda Polytechnic Dr. James Gashumba said that the efforts in developing TVET sector are transforming Rwandan Youth into competitive and skilled workforce for both regional and global labour market.
According to NST 1, TVET system is expected to absorb 60% of 9YBE leavers by 2024 and this target is at only 31% now (2019).
“The Government of Rwanda has made an ambitious target of creating 214,000 off-farm jobs every year. This can only be achieved through skills training and support of the youth through this type of skills & innovation competition aimed at equipping young men and women with competitive and employable hands-on skills. ’’ He said
The retreat reviewed the proposed TVET priorities for 2020-2021 and align them with DPs’interventions and discussed about strategies that could be used in TVET Expansion Plan to absorb 60% of 9YBE graduates and discussed proposal for Comprehensive TVET Financing Model, and Employment Promotion Strategy, National TVET awareness Campaign among others.
After a number of presentations and discussions, the following resolutions were adopted:
1) Improve the mechanisms aiming at supporting students’ industrial attachment and industry exposure for TVET trainers.
2) Train all TVET trainers to improve their pedagogical skills as well as English language proficiency for the TVET schools to produce quality graduates who meet the needs of the industry/employers
3) Improve on the efforts and resources put in TVET awareness campaign to increase the enrolment rate and change the public perception on TVET.
4) Finalize the TVET financing model, submit it and make a close follow up for its approval and implementation.
5) Organize national skills competition as a way of raising TVET awareness and also preparing for the Africa world skills competition due to take place in October 2020.
6) Set up and foster an innovation ecosystem in TVET which will improve on how research and innovations are conducted in TVET schools and make it more responsive to the needs and ambitious of Rwandan society.
7) Conduct skills needs assessment to inform the curriculum development process which will in turn contribute to producing quality graduates demand oriented skills needs.
8) Put in place mechanisms to work on TVET expansion towards meeting the national targets by 2024.
9) Put in place strong mechanisms to fight all forms of corruption in TVET .
10) Set and reporting framework for the TSSWG tsakforces to help them deliver on their assigned duties.
11) Put in place mechanisms to strengthen private sector engagement in TVET.
Harmonization of curriculum to include WPL and Dual training
In his closing remarks, the Director General of WDA, Eng. Pascal Gatabazi thanked the stakeholders and development partners for their contribution to TVET sector development. He urged private sector engagement in TVET sector development.
Gatabazi said that the retreat was timely to share ideas, achievements, experience and way forward for the sector’s development. He said that the established taskforces and adopted resolutions will play a paramount role in fast-tracking the implementation of TVET priorities.