All of the Singapore-Myanmar Vocational Training Institute – SMVTI graduates are guaranteed to get jobs with the supports from the two governments, said Union Minister for Education Dr Myo Thein Gyi at the handover ceremony of the institute yesterday.
The governments of Myanmar and Singapore jointly opened the SMVTI, and its handover ceremony was held at the institute’s compound in the Natmauk Lane, Bahan Township, Yangon.
Speaking at the ceremony, Union Minister Dr Myo Thein Gyi said the courses on Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) are conducted to produce qualified and competitive workforce for Myanmar economic development.
The ministry is also implementing an effective managing plan, in accordance with the National Education Strategic Plan (2016 – 2021), to create more opportunities for attending technical vocational education training, to get the trainings successful after their quality meet the local labour markets’ demands, and to more open skills-based short vocational training.
Since 2016, the ministry has been upgrading the skills of technical vocational teachers and also promoting the cooperation between the training institutes and factories. Thus, the interests and trusts of the people in the technical and vocational sector were visibly increasing, the Union Minister said.
In cooperation with development partners, the ministry is opening the SMVTI, School of Industrial Training and Education – SITE, Technical Teacher Training Institute-TTTI, Japan-Myanmar Aung San Vocational Training Institute-JMASVTI and Nyaung Shwe Vocational Training Institute-NVTI. The SMVTI is now becoming a first-class training school, getting the interests and trusts of people.
The first-term of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the institute between Singapore and Myanmar was due in April 2017.The second-term of the MoU for additional three-year extension was signed in March 2017. The second-term is also going to be due, the Union Minister added.
So far, a total of 3,060 students who had finished their high school education already completed the SMVTI’s courses on industrial engineering and hotels and tourism. Sixty per cent of them got employments in their respective fields they learned, and some are working for the senior management positions of the international companies and hotels.
The ministry will cooperate with the institute in building capacity of the teachers and maintaining the sustainable quality of the institute, said the Union Minister. Following the Union Minister’s speech, Singapore’s Education Minister Mr Ong Ye Kung explained the establishment of the institute.
Afterwards, a video clip on the activities of the institute was played, and the SMVTI’s students demonstrated their learned skills.
The Union Minister and officials also viewed inside the training institute.
Myanmar’s Department of Technical and Vocational Education and Training and Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs signed the MoU for founding the institute in April 2014. The opening ceremony of the institute on 9 June 2016 was attended by Prime Minister of Singapore Mr Lee Hsien Loong. —MNA