TVET Curricula validation set to enhance competitiveness and employability

The Validated Curricula for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) schools is doomed to bolstering jobs creation spirit among the graduates and harmonizing the labour market needs with the skills acquired through the TVET schools.

Under Workforce Development Authority (WDA) mission, the exercises meant to promote, facilitate, and guide the development and upgrading of skills and competencies of the national workforce in order to enhance competitiveness and employability.

According to the officials and validators, experts in food processing, crop production, animal health, road construction and maintenance, domestic electricity, plant operations, road, and animal health among others camped in Gacuba II TVET School in Rubavu district to validate the curricula.

“The core principle is to promote the improvement of quality in training and subsequent production and widening of access for training,” said Felix Ntahontuye, the Agriculture Quality Assurance Officer at WDA.

The validation of TVET curricula has been undertaken under the Workforce Development Authority management to have it lined with labour market throughout TVET trainer certificate framework.

The Government of Rwanda has made Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) a priority. The Workforce Development Authority one of its mandates is to provide a strategic response to increase quality of education across all sectors of the economy.

To this end, in 2017 Ministry of Education put in place Rwanda Education Qualifications Framework (REQF) as a benchmark tool that curriculum development and quality assurance basing on to develop and validate the related training materials as to bridge the skills gap.

In the same context, the success of the forthcoming operation of the World Bank-financed Skills Development Program (SDP) that closed and rated satisfactory at the end of May 2016, World Bank has seen this as an opportunity to progress to the next level by developing a more comprehensive, innovative and results oriented approach to skills development in Rwanda.

The choice of financing instrument is the Program-for-Results (PforR). To this end, Rwanda Polytechnic and WDA are among the institutions that were selected to be supported in strengthening the skills development agenda. There is also a strong focus on achieving results in Rwanda and this operation will give greater emphasis on achieving key results under the Government’s program.

It is against this background that qualifications were developed by RP and WDA has to validate the qualifications in the context of achieving the key results highlighted in the above project.

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