The Ministry of Technical & Higher Education (MoTHE) has set-up a Technical Committee (TC) to work with a Consultant to produce a draft policy on TVET (Technical, Vocational Education & Training) by 30th June 2019. Members of the TC are drawn from key stakeholders & experts including GIZ (the EPP and SLTVET), NAYCOM, NCTVA and the Council of Heads of TVET institutions.
A team led by Mrs Musu Gorvey of the Ministry of Technical and Higher Education (MTHE) and consultant, Dr Patrick Cormawah held an intensive five days consultative meeting with key stakeholders from every district at different venues. This was to ensure that the policy covers all and sundry. Inputs/contributions were made by stakeholders that are expected to be seen in the policy document.
In Portloko Town, the team met with stakeholders from Karina, Port Loko, Kambia, and Koinadugo districts. In Makeni, they met with stakeholders from Tonkolili, Bombali and Kono districts whilst in Bo met with people from Bo, Bonthe, Moyamba, Pujehun districts and in Kenema, met with representatives from Kailahun and Kenema districts respectively.
In the Western Area region, the meeting was held at the Government Technical Institute Kisssy Dockyard and another validation workshop held at Hotel Cabenda inputs were made and the document validated to be sent to parliament.
The recently launched World Bank Skills Development Fund, the TVET EU-GIZ project and others will benefit from a policy that would provide the enabling environment for the production of a demand-led workforce especially in emerging economies/development areas such as agriculture, tourism & mining.
It is expected that the TVET Policy will provide the road-map to re-invigorate the TVET landscape and position this all-important sector in line with the Government’s priority to address the huge youth unemployment.