Swiss ambassador Jacques Pitteloud, has pledged to join forces with the government of Rwanda to strengthen policies on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) which the government is already engaged.
He made the remarks in Kigali on January 17, 2014 while touring the projects setup through Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to boost TVET in Rwanda.
Pitteloud said cooperation with Rwanda will focus on involving a larger private sector in TVET, improving Industrial Attachment Program (IAP) and introducing training levies for employers to invest in the workforce training.
Switzerland is establishing five vocational training centers in some of the districts of Rwanda valued at $10 million.
The funding is also expected to cater for other activities such as equipment and provision training of trainers.
The construction of centers is taking part in the districts of districts of Karongi, Rusizi, Ngororero, Nyamasheke and Rutsiro located in the western province.
The Swiss Government through Les Roches International School of Hotel Management (Switzerland) has also been partnering with Workforce Development Authority (WDA) to train Rwandan Hospitality trainers.
Eleven trainers completed training at Les Roches, with Masters of Business Administration in Hospitality Management and Diplomas in Hospitality Administration.
Addressing challenges in TVET is among other challenges still being faced by TVET stakeholders.
According to the Director General of WDA Jerome Gasana a marketing strategy to create awareness on TVET is being implemented in many ways including exhibitions, talk shows and road show campaigns.
This will support the Government’s vision to increase enrolment into TVET to 60% by 2017 from the current status of 38.