As the world gets more competitive, knowledge-based and technology driven, the search for sustainability and skilled human resource will only increase. For the Bhutanese youth to function, compete, and excel in this 21stcentury they require education and training opportunities that are current, engaging, and responsive to labour market needs. The TVET in schools will provide students with the basic skills and competencies that will allow them to transition successfully into the workplace, apprenticeship opportunities, post-secondary education, and their daily lives.
Our country continues to face labour shortages in the skilled trades because only a handful young people opt to take technical/vocational related careers. Therefore, TVET has the potential to address those deficiencies in the skilled trades and make our youth globally competent and encourage them to explore career options in technical/vocational fields both within and outside the country. It can also provide the students with opportunities to apply their learning using an interdisciplinary and cross-curricular approach while at the same time integrating learning from their own personal experiences.
In a nutshell, the introduction of TVET in schools with proper strategy and planning will allow students to not only avail themselves of the opportunities to pursue academic pathways in the mainstream education but also enter the job market or pursue higher studies through certification and credit transfer system. It would enhance their employment opportunities thereby addressing the national demand for skilled manpower. It can also help the children to generate interests and imbibe values related to technical/vocational subjects and inculcate positive attitude.
TVET Subject Committee Members