CPSC, in partnership with with the Council for the Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT), Nepal, formally concluded the the Training for Facilitating Development of Competency Standards in line with the ongoing National Vocational Qualification Standard (NVQS)- Phase II project of Nepal in partnership with the Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation (Swisscontact).

Photo during the implementation of the phase 1 program last June 19-30, 2023

The program was primarily designed to support the long term development of Nepal’s National Vocational Qualifications System (NVQS) through the NVQS-Project between the Governments of Nepal and Switzerland. This project aims to strengthen the capacity of existing and potential CS designers and facilitators of the vocational qualifications system within Nepal TVET institutions. The first phase of the program was implemented successfully in CPSC Manila, Philippines from June 19 to 30, 2023. This focused on providing the trainees with enough understanding on the roles and functions of NVQS; understanding how CS have developed based on the experiences and procedures of different countries especially with the TESDA Philippines practices; and overview of sector wise functional analysis. The second phase on the other hand, focused on the completion of the development of the CS per sector as devised by the participants in compliance with the requirements of CTEVT and NSTB Nepal.

Supervising the program was CPSC Director General, Prof. G.L.D. Wickramasinghe. International TVET Adviser and former CPSC Faculty Specialist, Ms. Therese Tan Lee and CPSC Senior Faculty Specialist Engr. Dr. Mian Khuram Ahsan served as Program Coordinator and Co-Coordinator, respectively.

A series of asynchronous (through email) and synchronous (feedback virtual meetings) consultations were done to ensure that the outputs were validated on time. The phase two of the program also ensured that the certified CS Facilitators in different sectors will be able to develop and facilitate functional analysis, basic and core competencies, as well as the documents for evaluation and validation. They were also able to complete their knowledge on labor market information systems, as well as enrich their knowledge on sector and occupational analysis. A draft competency standard was developed and scrutinized in preparation for its actual implementation.

From left: NVQS-P Team Leader, Mr. Subas Subedi; CPSC Director General, Prof. G.L.D. Wickramasinghe; and NVQS-P Process Manager, Mr. Chuman Babu Shrestha

The closing program was held virtually via Zoom on August 4, 2023. Attending the program were the program management team composed of CPSC Director General, Prof. G.L.D. Wickramasinghe; and NVQS-P Team Leader, Mr. Subas Subedi; NSTB Director, Mr. Tek Bahadur Malla; and Ms. Prativa Joshi Deputy Team Leader (Program), NVQS-P. The welcome remarks were delivered by Mr. Chuman Babu Shrestha, NVQS-P Process Manager and one of the participants of the training while Prof. Wickramasinghe delivered a closing message.