March 10, 2019 09:00 AM NPT
By: DIYA DHAKAL
KATHMANDU, March 10: Enhanced Vocational Education and Training (EVENT) Project II, established on 21 January, 2018 is holding a fair at Bhrikutimandap in Kathmandu on Sunday, involving 59 training organizations of the country delivering training on 41 different topics.
The fair is expected to be attended by approximately 5,000 selected candidates for the vocational training.
The project is of five-year duration, aiming to deliver services to 115,000 candidates by the end of the tenure. The training session is divided into two parts: the first three months focus on hard-core skill generation training, and the next 6 months are fully work-oriented.
Total 24,750 candidates have been targeted for service delivery this year. Training types provided by EVENT are of the following types: Voucher Based Short-term Training (VBST), Result Based Short-term Training (RBST), and Special Women Window and migrant (to be added next year).
Sunday's fair is under the VBST training type which will be in operation within the three districts of the Kathmandu Valley. The attending candidates will visit the stalls and then decide what kind of training they wish to seek. Candidates will also be counseled by EVENT team members. Masonry, building painting, poultry, cooking, furniture making, plumbing, hair dressing, and tailoring are among some popular choices.
The main objective of this project is to expand the supply of skilled and employable labor by increasing access to quality training programs by providing free training services to selected candidates.
A total of 50,000 candidates filled the online form in the valley for VBTS this year. Of them, 14,673 were selected for interview and eventually 4,099 candidates were verified for training. Among the total 4,099, only 195 are males.
Netra Narayan Paudel, information officer of EVENT, said that the focus of the event has been on expanding work-choices for Nepali women.
"We want women to get skills that go beyond beautician and tailoring training," Paudel said, adding, "We want to see a growth in women electricians, technicians, and poultry farming."
"The special women window training type emphasizes on creating this versatility among women," Project Director Keshab Prasad Dahal said in today's press meet. Since majority of the women are interested in becoming beauticians and tailoring, the above mentioned training type was implemented so to force women to get skills beyond these jobs, according to him.
In the EVENT Project I, 5100 women had been selected under the Special Women Window Training Type. Popular choices included building electrician (1,080), junior poultry technician (660), and junior computer hardware technician (580).