In continued assistance and support to its member countries in the enhancement of their TVET systems, CPSC arranged two study tours to Maldives and Sri Lanka for the officials of the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT), Nepal.

As part of the SAKCHYAMTA project of CTEVT, CPSC coordinated the "Eco-Tourism Workplace Learning of Attaining Discipline-Specific Skills to Promote Green Employment" in Maldives from December 7 to 10, 2021. Known for eco~tourism and hospitality industries, seven CTVET officials travelled to Maldives to gain practical insights and to observe the implementation of green-economy policy in the tourism sector of technical vocational education and training (TVET) program.

The CTEVT officials visited the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Studies at Maldives National University. They met with the following university heads: Ms. Zeenath Solih - Dean, Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Studies; Ms. Rahushath Ibrahim - Head of Department, Food and Beverage Department; Ms. Hashma Adnan - Head of Department, Department of Hospitality Management; Ms. Zuneena Habeeb - Head of Department, Tourism Management Department; and Mr. Mohamed Shareef - Deputy Director, Administration Department.

A meeting and some discussions were arranged for the visitors with the following: Ms. Aishtah Ali, Director General, Ministry of Tourism; Sham’aa Hameed, Project Manager, Parley Maldives; Ali Adam, HR Director; Universal Enterprises Limited; Adam Haleem, Director of Programs, Maldives Institute of Technology; and Ms. Shaahina Ali, Maldives Country Director for Parley for the Oceans.

The CTEVT team also visited and met with Mr. Randy Shimanuku, General Manager, of an apprenticeship provider the Four Seasons Resorts Kuda Huraa.

The visit was designed to further enhance understanding on tourism as one of the key drivers of the economic development identified as having well implemented eco-tourism program and supporting to the green economy of sustainable development; provide awareness on the national TVET systems of Maldives; and for the officials to come up with measures taken to focus extensively on the environmental effects of eco-tourism.

CTEVT Officials visit to the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Studies, Maldives
An orientation of the Apprenticeship Provider: Four Seasons Resorts Kuda Huraa for the Nepal team was arranged during the tour

Another study tour for the same SAKCHYAMTA project was organized by CPSC for the second group of eight CTEVT officials on “TVET Career Path and Guidance System” in Sri Lanka.

The study tour program was designed to share about the Sri Lankan technical education and vocational training (TVET) systems at the levels of certificate, diploma, and Degree [National Vocational Qualification Framework of Sri Lanka, (NVQ) in particular; how a career guidance system is designed and implemented by the TVET responsible for quality assurance in Sri Lanka and how the system plays a crucial role for quality management, quality improvement and quality assurance.

The CTEVT batch for Sri Lanka toured to the different TVET institutions/offices and met their respective officials as follows:

  1. Tertiary & Vocational Education Commission (TVEC)
    • Eng. Mr. Udeni Wickramasinghe, Chairman
    • Dr. K. A. Lalithadheera, Director General
    • Dr. Janaka Jayalath, Deputy Director General
    • Mr. Manjula Vidhanapathirana, Programme Coordinator and Director, Industrial Liaison
    • Mr. S.U.K. Rubasinghe, Director, Registration Accreditation and QMS, TVEC
  2. National Innovation Agency at the Ministry of Skills Development, Vocational Education, Research and Innovation
    • Dr. Sachi Panawala
  3. National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI), Orugodawatta -Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka (VTASL)
    • Mr. Chandana Vidhanapathirana, Director, Career Guidance & Counseling
    • Mr. Bathiya Amaranath, Asst. Director, NVTI
  4. Ministry of Skills Development, Vocational Education, Research and Innovation
    • Hon. Dr. Mrs. Seetha Arambepola, Minister
    • Deepa Liyanage, Secretary
    • Ms. Muditha Malkanthi, Addl. Secretary (Vocational Training)
  5. National Career Guidance and Counseling Center, Ministry of Skills Development, Vocational Education, Research and Innovation
    • Ms. Shamika Anuradhi
    • Ms. Chandima Rodrigo
  6. National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka
    • Mr. Geeth Gunasekara, Asst. Director
  7. The CTEVT guests expressed appreciation to CPSC and its network organizations for the well~organized visits and for the learning experience provided that would be of beneficial use to the TVET systems of the Nepal. They conveyed their gratitude to the hospitality accorded to them by Maldives and Sri Lanka for the duration of the visit.