Equipping Future Workforce with 21st Century and Technopreneurship Skills through Quality TVET Programs

DATE & VENUE: 2-6 Feb 2020 | IDEB Bhaban, Dhaka, Bangladesh
PROGRAM CODE: 19-20/RPBGD (Regional Program)
TARGET GROUP: The participants of this Regional Program are composed of TVET Leaders and TVET Trainers of employment-promoting TVET organizations.
COLLABORATING PARTNER: Institution of Diploma Engineers Bangladesh (IDEB) and Directorate of Technical Education (DTE)

BACKGROUND

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is a master key for the socio-economic development of the country. The graduates of TVET are considering major changer for the economic and labour market. For the global competitiveness, they should have competencies which can address skills for 21st century and disruption of Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0). TVET graduates require essential skills for 21st century: collaboration & team work, creativity & imagination, critical thinking, problem solving, flexibility & adaptability, global & cultural awareness, information literacy, leadership, civic literacy & citizenship, social responsibility & ethics, initiatives, technology literacy, and oral & written communications. Without these skills, TVET graduates will be having difficulty in getting jobs and sustaining the job for a longer period. These skills are equally important as the modern technological knowhow.

Business authorities believe that this century tends to lean heavily towards an economy primarily driven by technology, where individuals have to recognize, envision and predict technology opportunities so as to join the ranks of future entrepreneurial leaders. Entrepreneurship and technology both are products of the human genius and equally marvelous is the compound that is formed by merging the two together for benefit of the society. From entrepreneurship for profitable purposes to social entrepreneurship, the world is now welcoming technopreneurship. Commercialization is a highpoint in Technopreneurship – the seal of transforming technology-based ideas, products and industries into profitable entrepreneurial projects. Commercialization as it concerns technopreneurship involves identifying problems of customers, solving these problems and delivering it to the customers in a desirable format.

On the other hand, IR 4.0 revolution is characterized by the fusion and amplification of emerging technology breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, automation and robotics, multiplied by the far-reaching connectivity between billions of people with mobile devices with unprecedented access to data and knowledge. Today, the TVET system has potential impact and implications due to rapidly change of global context. As a consequence of rapidly change of technology and industry such as IR 4.0, the implication of TVET include the area of skills standards, policies, curriculum development design, human resource development, social and culture and resource mobilization. TVET also diffuse these challenges by way of transfer of knowledge and skills. In addition to this, advancements in the digital economy and biotechnology, coupled with globalization and population ageing are shifting how people learn, live, and work. As a result, changes in skill requirements and the organization of work will create pressure on business and industry, job quality, decent work, and social inclusion.

First and foremost, countries will need to address the issue of continued and improved training in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, as well as investment in Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs). Many countries like Bangladesh have taken the initiative to expand and focus on these areas over the past several years, and continued efforts will be needed to expand existing facilities, as well as improve human resource capacity.

IDEB and CPSC always focus on addressing the current issues and challenges related to skills, technology and employment and try to extract the solutions for guiding the nations. To address these trends, based on the encouraging responses of the participants from the CPSC member countries and success of the first and second joint conference in 2015 and 2017, IDEB and CPSC has planned to organize the 3rd Joint Regional Program on “Equipping Future Workforce with 21st Century and Technopreneurship Skills Through Quality TVET Programs” and International Conference on “Skills Readiness for Achieving SDG & Adopting IR 4.0” on February 2-6, 2020. The events will cover issues of emerging technologies and industry, the types of skills needed to succeed in a fast-changing world, the role of technopreneurship and private and public sector investment in industry as well as in TVET, and how to plan TVET strategies for future changes in skills and work.


OBJECTIVES

At the end of the program, the participants are expected to:

  • Prepare TVET 4.0 to address IR 4.0
  • Internalize the need of 21st century skills with focus on technopreneurship
  • Enhance TVET Quality Management System (QMS) to address SDGs
  • Internalize the importance of greening practices in TVET Institutions

EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND OUTCOMES

The expected outcome of the regional program is to:

  • Application of 21st century skills focusing on technopreneurship, IR 4.0, and quality management system to improve the quality of TVET graduates

The expected outputs of the program are:

  • International conference declaration and proceedings
  • Action plan on implementation of 21st century skills, technopreneurship skills, and quality TVET programs

The expected outputs of the program are:

  • International conference declaration and proceedings
  • Action plan on implementation of 21st century skills, technopreneurship skills, and quality TVET programs

PROGRAM CONTENTS

The spiral learning approach will be used to deliver the program, start by mentioning a cluster of rough ideas, including some applications as well as some fundamental building blocks and finally, a self-directed learning approach through action planning. The main contents of the program are:

Theme Papers:

  • Theme Paper 1: Greening TVET for Sustainable Development
  • Theme Paper 2: Technopreneurship in TVET to Boost Enterprises
  • Theme Paper 3: Curriculum Development Incorporating 21st Century Skills

Group Works

  • Group Work 1: SWOT analysis on Greening TVET
  • Group Work 2: Formulate strategies to boosting enterprises through Technopreneurship
  • Group Work 3: Formulate strategies to integrate 21st century skills in TVET curriculum

International Conference on Skills Readiness for Achieving SDGs and Adopting IR 4.0


INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES

To facilitate productive and interactive learning, the following instructional strategies will be utilized to effectively train the participants:

  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Group and individual tasks
  • Workshops and exercises
  • Role-playing and presentations
  • Case scenario
  • Meetings and study visits

PARTICIPANTS’ PROFILE

The participants of this Regional Program are composed of TVET Leaders and TVET Trainers of employment-promoting TVET organizations.


DATE AND VENUE

The five days Regional Program will be held from February 2-6, 2020 at IDEB Bhaban, Dhaka, Bangladesh.


PROGRAM FACILITIES

To conduct the program smoothly, the following facilities are required:

  1. Conference Hall/ Board Room
    (for Opening, Closing Ceremonies & Invited Talks)
    Auditorium (International Conference)
        Proper
    conference facility with audio-visual systems and multimedia projector
  2. Computer Laboratory
    • Multimedia projector with screen and microphone
    • Computer units (or one for each participant*) with the following specifications:
      • Core i3 or higher
      • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher
      • 4 GB RAM or above
      • Each computer with DVD-ROM drive and headset
      • Windows Media Player/VLC Media Player
      • Internet Connection (preferably wired Local Area Network/LAN and Wi-Fi)
      • Google Chrome browser
      • Any office suite software (MS Office, Libre Office, OpenOffice.org, Google Drive, etc.)
    • Space for group works, preferably with round tables
  3. Secretariat Office Spaces
    • Working space for CPSC Coordinator, and Resource Speaker/s
    • Photocopy and printing equipment for documentation purposes
    • Internet connectivity and other fixtures

*participants may bring their own laptops for convenience


INPUT-PROCESS-OUTPUT MODEL (IPO)


PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AND RESOURCE PERSONS

CPSC Program Supervisor and Resource Person Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane is the first Nepali and the 11th Director General of CPSC. He is also the concurrent President of Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC). He has 30 years of experience in TVET starting as an instructor up to becoming the CEO of Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) in Nepal. He served as Project Manager in ADB projects and Program Coordinator in Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) funded projects. He was a key member in formulating the TVET Policy of Nepal in 2007 and 2012.

He is a dynamic leader, certified project assessor, strategic planner, experienced project manager, TVET Institution Quality Assessor, TVET Expert, and a seasoned manager, attested by the awards received such as the Prabal Gorkha Dakshin Bahu IV from the Late King Birendra Bira Bikram Shah Dev and Global Educational Leadership Award by the World Education Congress; scholarship from Ryutaro Hashimoto Foundation, Japan; and Humphrey Fellowship from Fullbright Foundation, USA.

He has presented papers in a number of international conferences and meetings on TVET. He has authored and co-authored publications on TVET in various thematic areas - accessibility, greening, entrepreneurship, financing, equality, and image building. Dr. Lamichhane earned his PhD and MPhil in Education Leadership from Kathmandu University in Nepal. He has a degree in Educational Administration, Planning and Policy from Peabody College/Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, USA.


DTE Program Supervisor Mr. Md. Sanowar Hossain is currently working as Additional Secretary, Technical and Madrasah Education Division under the Ministry of Education, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and also serving as Director General (Additional Charge), Directorate of Technical Education (DTE).

He is responsible for administration and management of Government Polytechnic Institutes, Technical School & Colleges and Technical Teachers training colleges where technically skills manpower are being produced through education and training. Under his leadership, TVET development policy formulation, Project and program design, liaison with development partner etc. are being performed. He is also serve as National Project Director (NPD) of Technical assistance project under DTE.

Prior to DG, DTE, He served as Director General, Department of Patent Design, Ministry of Industry. His responsibilities were to administer and supervise the Intellectual Property Issues in Bangladesh. He also serves as an adviser of Govt. of Bangladesh on Intellectual Property (IP). Under the leadership of Mr. Hossain DPDT launched GI registry and Bangladeshi IP culture gets new momentum in terms of IP awareness. Mr. Hossain led IPRs negotiation for Bangladesh in three major MOU with WIPO, KIPO & SIPO. He is also an IP resource person of two leading training institute of Bangladesh namely BIM & SKITI etc.

He holds MBA degree from the faculty of Business Administration of the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. He has also completed various short course on public management service delivery from Duke University, USA, Singapore Civil Service college, Singapore and Public administration training centre, Vietnam etc.

Mr. Hossain started his career in Bangladesh Civil Service (Administration) Cadre in 1988 as an Assistant Commissioner and Magistrate and has been serving for more than 27 years in various positions, mainly experiencing in General Administration, Management, Magistracy, Finance and Planning, Disaster Management, Maintenance of Law and Order, Revenue and Land Administration, Preparation and Implementation of Developing projects and Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs).

Mr.Hossain attended various IP related seminar, training, symposium, conference & meetings in many countries like USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, India, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, China etc.


IDEB Program Supervisor A.K.M.A. Hamid was born on 13 May 1951 in a respectable and literate family at Karaniganj, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He obtained Diploma in Civil Engineering Degree from Dhaka Polytechnic Institute in 1968. He joined Dhaka WASA in 1969 and retired 2006 holding the post of Superintending Engineer.

Presently he is Executive Managing Director of MCL Hotline Bangladesh, Director of Dhaka WASA & Director, Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) and also Member of the National Water Council & many more committees of the GoB. He is founder Joint Secretary & served 28 years as General Secretary of the national largest professional organization named the Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh (IDEB). With his dynamic leadership IDEB has taken historical decision to join in the great Liberation War of Bangladesh. Now, he is the President of IDEB and the Editor of the registered Socio-Economical Technical Journal The Karigar, which is publishing for the last 40 years. He also founder of many educational institution & social organization. Mr. Hamid is founder Secretary General of SAARC Diploma Engineers Forum (SDEF) recognized Apex Body of SAARC. The Mid-Level Engineers Forum of Asia Pacific which were established by his dynamic leadership. He has visited many countries of the world.


CPSC Program Coordinator and Resource Person Engr. Sanyog Bhatarai is currently working as a Faculty Specialist in CPSC. He has started his career with Training Institute for Technical Instruction (TITI)/CTEVT/MoEST, where 12 years was dedicated on research/study on improving TVET education in Nepal and developing demand driven training courses and implementing the courses.

Under his leadership, 12,163 employment-seeking youths of Nepal capacitated in vocational skill development training targeting to provide in-country and/or foreign employment. He has worked under the component of skill development program/projects funded by World Bank Group, Helvetas/SDC, World Vision International, USAID, World Education, Government of Finland, Zonta International, and KOICA.

He has managed all phases of skill development program – career counseling, trainees’ selection, psycho-social counseling, entrepreneurship training, linking trainees with financial institutions, monitoring of on-going training, managing on-the-job training, linking with potential employers, job placement, establishing micro-enterprises, and income verification.

He has provided Training of Trainers (ToT) to 500 plus technical instructors and teachers in Nepal, Bhutan, Albania, Uganda, and India. He has developed courses on active learners’ methodology, training of trainers, use of mini-tiller in commercial farming, pesticide management and application. He has experience in capacity building in different areas – TVET, agriculture, trade & fiscal policy, food security, value-chain, and soft-skills training.


DTE Program Coordinator and Resource Person Engr. Md. Jahangir Alam is the currently working as Director, Planning and Development, Directorate of Technical Education under the Technical and Madrasah Education Division of Ministry of Education, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh.

Engr. Md. Jahangir Alam was a former Faculty Specialist at Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) from 2009-2010 and prior to this, he was an Assistant Professor under the Civil Engineering Department of the Technical Teachers’ Training College (TTTC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He heads the Civil Engineering Department and provides administrative and management support since 2009 until the present.

Prior to his stint in TTTC, he was a Project/Equipment Officer at the Directorate of Technical Education in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 2007 to 2009. His areas of expertise include environmental engineering, environmental management, and construction management.

His areas of expertise include environmental engineering, environmental management, and construction management. He was engaged by an Infrastructure Development Company as a focal person for training projects such as Capacity Building for Renewable Energy and Industry Skill Committee (ISC) of TVET Reform to develop industry need based curriculum for IT.

He obtained his Master of Science Degree in Sustainable Energy System and Management earned in 2002 from the University of Flensburg, Germany with majors in environmental economics, waste management and renewable energy.


IDEB Program Coordinator Md. Enamul Haque, Member Secretary of the Conference Secretariat for the International Conference on “Skills Readiness for Achieving SDGs & Adopting IR 4.0” to be held on 02-04 February 2020, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is also working as Local Coordinator of Regional Program on “Equipping Future Workforce with 21st Century and Technopreneurship Skills through Quality TVET Programs (a joint program of CPSC, DTE & IDEB).

Mr Haque is APACC certified international accreditor and is contributing in the field of TVET. He is voluntary working as Research Fellow for Institution of Diploma Engineers Bangladesh. He is also working as Technical Committee (TC) member as representative of IDEB to develop Bangladesh Qualification Framework (BQF) formed by Ministry of Education, GoB. By profession, he is working as Sub Assistant Engineer in Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Ltd. He is involved in various industries such as IT, skills and entrepreneurship development programs for more than 8 years with motivation to produce productive human capital and contribute to national economic growth. He also coordinated dissemination programme on NSDP as Program Coordinator, a Joint Program of GoB, ILO, DTE & IDEB.

Mr. Haque is qualified as Industry Assessor of BTEB in IT Support occupation. He is a certified trainer by ILO on entrepreneurship in the Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) package. He is studying his MBA in management at University of Dhaka. Mr. Haque received his MSc and BSc in Computer Science & Engineering. He has also completed his Diploma in Engineering (4-Year) in Computer Technology from Bangladesh Technical Education Board (BTEB).

He has expertise in multicultural platforms and international communication due to his foreign trainings and widely global exposure. He is a member of some vital Professional bodies including Institution Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh (IDEB) and Bangladesh Computer Society (BCS). He is highly productive and initiative towards contributing for the sustainable social development as well as classified workforce development through skills development and promotion of creating successful entrepreneurs worldwide.


PROGRAM SCHEDULE

*MILY: Most Important Learning of Yesterday
**Ice Breakers will be facilitated in-between lectures and presentations