EU funds 9-million-euro project for skilled human resources in Nepal

Published On: September 12, 2017 08:12 AM NPT

POKHARA, Sept 12: The British Council is facilitating a 9-million-euro project funded by the European Union (EU) for the improvement of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in the country. 

Organizing an early stakeholder engagement workshop in Pokhara on Monday, Pokhara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and the British Council gave information about the project and the progress made so far. 
The project aims to produce efficient manpower required for agriculture, construction and tourism sectors. 

As the project chief stated, the project will start from November. 

Speaking at the workshop, the project chief said that the target of the project was to produce efficient manpower and to create employment as per the concept of Public Private Partnership. 
“In coordination with the private sector, we have a target to produce skilled manpower required for the agriculture, physical construction and tourism sectors,” he said: “It will help to reduce the number of youth who migrate in search of job.”  Increased participation of women in the labor market can reduce the lack of workers, he stated.

As Nepal lacked a precise basis for evaluating worker efficiency, the project aimed to develop a national criteria, to be valid internationally, for measuring efficiency in technical and professional training, he added. 

Rabindra Bahadur Praju, acting president of PCCI said that the project would increase skilled manpower in the country. Likewise, Damu Adhikari, general secretary of PCCI, said that an investment on human resources would help Nepal’s private sector that is facing lack of skilled manpower. 

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