Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) students
say that the Dual Training System that allows them more time for practical
training will help them better prepare for the job market that demands skilled
TVET skills are said to be one of the drivers of Rwanda’s economic transformation with the government putting deliberate efforts to streamline and develop the sector.
In efforts to improve the quality of training and merge the classroom learnings with the demands of the labour market, the newly adopted dual training model of TVET training will enable students to spend more time in the work environment as opposed to sitting in class.
According to some TVET students, this model of training will greatly benefit them.
Clip Gilbert Tuyiringire, a TVET Student in Kigali said; “If you can effectively use the equipment here at the TVET School, then you will be a successful technician at the job market. We graduate with 100% knowledge of what we are going to do,”
Elyse Niyiduha, a TVET student in Kigali said; “This program will help us to directly get employment or even create our own jobs without necessarily going through the industrial attachments,”
The Vice-Chancellor of the Rwanda Polytechnic Dr. James Gashumba says that the dual training system will guarantee jobs for TVET graduates.
Rwanda’s target in the National Strategy for Transformation is to increase the number of students attending TVET schools to 60% by 2024.
Dr. Gashumba says that going by the current momentum, the country will hit this target.
Private sector players also commended the Dual Training system saying that they too will benefit from the program.
Robert Bayigamba, a private sector player told RBA; “It will be a good opportunity for us to have the trainees who will work with us for a long period of time and when the time comes to employ them, they will not be new to the job. As employers, we also get to learn who the trainees are, their work ethic as well as the skills they have and with that, we are able to make an informed employment decision,”
The government aims at creating at least 1.5 million off-farm jobs by 2024, which requires creating over 200,000 jobs annually.
By Fatima Tesi