Nepal needs young people entering the jobs market with the right skills that employers need to grow their businesses and for the country to prosper. Dakchyata is a skills development programme, bringing together government, employers, and the technical and vocational training professionals, across the agriculture, construction and tourism industries to develop a more responsive TVET system and create greater opportunities for public investment to go further.
The three-minute doodle animation highlights the work of the Dakchyata Project, effectively articulating its core values, mission, vision, key strategies and interventions areas. It provides a summary of Dakchyata’s key activities and outcomes thus far, emphasising on the importance of private sector collaboration in TVET.
Dakchyata's Pioneering Skills Projects showcased at a major conference
Nepal’s skills for work training must meet the needs of the green economy, be inclusive for all Nepalis to grow the country’s talent pool and involve employers to meet labour market demand. These were the priorities set out at a major conference, ‘Celebrating Impact’, recognising the innovation and best practice delivered by ten pioneering skills projects, held on Tuesday 19 July.
The event showcased skills development partnership models in the tourism, construction, and agriculture sectors. Launched in March 2020, they aimed to encourage closer engagement between public and private sector actors and develop new ways of working for the technical, vocational education and training (TVET) sector in Nepal.
The projects, known as Practical Partnership Pilot projects, have provided training for 3,734 learners (44% female, 41% aged 15-24 years old), with an estimated 70% of these trainees already in employment or having established their own business. The pilots have worked with hospitality employers to meet the needs of the tourism sector; enhanced young people’s skills in commercial farming; and have produced skilled labourers to meet needs in the construction sector.
Common to all pilots, and the reason for their dramatic success, has been:
The European Union’s Deputy Head of Cooperation, Ms. Eloisa Astudillo Fernandez, said:
“The impact of these pilots will be seen in new and better ways TVET providers work with employers and a transformation in the green skills and practices need for the economy of today and tomorrow. Only in this way will Nepal transition to a resilient economy that protects its natural resources, withstands shocks whilst creating inclusive jobs and wealth in key growth areas.”
Dakchyata’s Team Leader, John Mountford, said:
“Through our pioneering pilots we developed and tested models to further bridge the gap between the supply and demand by bringing employers into the conversation. We have created models that other skills providers can replicate, such as opportunities for on-the-job experience for trainees. In this way, we are showing how to future proof TVET, so it is effective in creating the right skills for Nepal’s growth and development.”
To view the news coverage of the event, click here: European Union-funded skill projects showcased