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30 November 2010

BMB Mott MacDonald to develop technical and vocational education and training system in Rwanda

BMB Mott MacDonald has been appointed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to assist in the development of a technical and vocational education and training system (TVET) in Rwanda. The project is a Dutch initiative which is being developed to help meet the significant need for human resource capacity in Rwanda.

There is currently a high demand for qualified and skilled workers to address the imbalance in the supply and demand of skilled labour. The 2009 Rwanda National Skills Audit identified serious and significant skills gaps throughout the labour market. This is especially the case in the private sector which has a skills deficit of 60% of their short-term needs. In the construction industry there is a 91% gap between the demand for qualified technicians and the supply and in the tourism and hospitality sector the gap is even greater at 96%.

BMB Mott MacDonald’s role will be to strengthen the organisational structure and system of the Workforce Development Authority (WDA) and Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centres (IRPCs). During the two-year programme, the consultancy will establish a sustainable training of trainers system at the A1 (post secondary) level of TVET and establish a National Qualifications Framework for the whole TVET. The system will be piloted in construction, hospitality and tourism and agriculture.

The target groups of the project are the WDA staff, IRPC staff and teachers, TVET students and the workforce in the construction, hospitality and tourism and agriculture sectors.

BMB Mott MacDonald’s project director John Shotton said, “We are proud to be part of this important project for Rwanda. By helping to strengthen the Workforce Development Authority, we hope it will enhance the competitiveness of the economy and contribute to gender equality and poverty reduction.”

Partners in the project are the BBC World Service, the Centre for Employment Initiatives from the UK and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

The project is due for completion in 2012.


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