07.06.2016 - UNESCO Office for Iraq

Introducing Competency Based Training methodology to TVET curricula

As part of the European Union-funded project “Reforming Technical and Vocational Education and Training”, the UNESCO Office for Iraq in partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA) completed a refresher-training workshop for 17 curricula developers.

The workshop, held from 1 to 4 June, 2016, in Erbil was designed to improve and upgrade the capacities and skills of the Competency Based Training (CBT) curricula developers to enable them to review, assess and modify appropriately the CBT packages of three pre-selected specializations that were developed a few years earlier. The workshop also aimed to build the capacities of staff in curricula departments to assist in reviewing the past curricula to meet the needs and changes of the labour market and the new developments in CBT.

One of the fundamental goals of the project is to create a modern, demand driven TVET sub-sector supported by comprehensive interpretation of the current and expected future needs of the labour market. A core dimension to that is the development of new competency based curricula that is flexible enough to meet the changing needs of the labour market.  

“CBT facilitates the transition of youth from schools to the labour market and it is a crucial aspect of creating a competent workforce that meets the needs of the labour market. Currently young students and the unemployed face many obstacles, one of them is the traditional approach taken in education and training. This will be addressed through the TVET reform project and the adoption of the CBT approach to replace the current traditional approach in TVET institutions in Iraq,” said Ghassan Al Saffar, UNESCO expert.

At the conclusion of the four-day refresher course, participants were equipped with the skills to identify the most important features of training programmes that are based on the CBT methodology, conduct occupational and functional analysis and develop competency standards for three specializations:  air-conditioning and refrigeration,  hairdressing, and electrical installations. By the end of 2016, the three CBT curricula will be ready for piloting in four vocational training centers.

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