14.12.2017 - UNESCO Office for Iraq

With funding from the European Union, UNESCO and the Ministry of Labour launch competency-based training of trainer courses as part of its effort to reform the TVET system in Iraq – a first of its kind in the country

A group of trainees from the Iraqi Labor Ministry

Baghdad, 3 December 2017 - UNESCO, in partnership with the Ministries of Labour and Social Affairs in Baghdad and in Erbil (MoLSA), completed a 3-week competency-based training of trainer course which is part of the EU-funded Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Reform Project in Iraq. The training brought together 37 MoLSA participants from 6 governorates of which 40% were women. The competency-based training programme is the first of its kind in the country.

One of the main objectives of the TVET Reform Project in Iraq is to develop and deliver new competency-based, demand-driven curricula. UNESCO, in coordination with MoLSA, developed curricula in air-conditioning, body & hair care, and electrical installation. Each of these newly developed curricula is composed of a set of competencies ranging from basic competencies needed for any worker in the labour market (e.g. teamwork, problem solving, communication, computer use), to common competencies required by all the workers in the sector, and finally core competencies which are linked to a specific occupation. Participants of the course were trainers who train students in these 3 specialisations and who will go on to lead and deliver the piloting of courses in their respective governorates as part of the TVET Reform Project.

“As trainers, we count on you today, through this training, to go back to transfer the experience that you will acquire to your students to help them make their way to the labour market after their graduation,” said Dr. Hamid Ahmed, Deputy Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Commission (PMAC) and Chairman of the High TVET Coordination Committee, during his welcoming speech at the opening of the training in Baghdad. 

“Developing the capacities of vocational trainers in internationally recognised training methods is an important step towards rolling out new competency based curriculum for the benefit of learners and employers,” said Mrs. Louise Haxthausen, Director of the UNESCO office for Iraq.

MoLSA’s Director General of Vocational Training Mr. Sadiq Khazial Ibraheem added, “This competency-based training method is the basis for building a successful system of TVET, as you (the participants) are the core to the success of this system a great responsibility lies with you.”

The course started with a 1-week introductory course in Baghdad and Erbil which focused on the basic elements and terminology of competency-based training. This was followed by a 2-week break to allow participants to review, self-learn, and complete assignments. The training concluded with a 2-week training of trainer course in Amman where participants from Iraq, including the Kurdistan region, came together to learn about delivery techniques and methodologies, and deliver trainee demonstrations.  Over 90% of participants felt the course oriented them well about competency-based training and that the training experience would be useful for their work in delivering training courses in the future.

There will be over 300 beneficiaries across 8 vocational training centres during the project’s pilot phase which will start in early 2018.

For more information please contact: Dhea Subhee, Public Information Officer (d.subhee(at)unesco.org).

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