MAPESS: Vocational Training Development in Angola 2009-2012
Vocational training and education is now receiving significant political backing from the Angolan government. Angola’s educational capacity is undergoing substantial expansion and new training centres are being rapidly established throughout the country.
On 25 June 2009 RKK signed a contract worth USD 11 million (NOK 66 million) in Angola, the signatories being MAPESS/Inefop, the Norwegian Embassy and RKK. The project is scheduled to run until the end of 2012. The cost of the project is to be shared by Angola and Norway.
The principal deliverables from the project will be:
- The development of a new basic concept for sustainable vocational education centres in Angola based on existing structures for this type of education under INEFOP.
- Comprehensive training of leading instructors in relevant vocational subjects. Relevant INEFOP personnel at central and regional level will be included along with senior staff from selected vocational training centres operating within the existing INEFOP structure.
- Reinforcement and further development of vocational training, focusing on skills, working methods and trade certification in relation to international standards.
- The development of specialized training in subjects relevant to the petroleum and mechanical engineering industries.
- The development of ICT-based distance learning systems at designated pilot centres.
- Train-the trainer programmes for new and established vocational training centres.
Photo: RKK’s MD, Ole Imsland, signing the contract together with the head of Inefop, Corina Jourdon. In the background to the left we see Vice Minister Sebastiao Luquinda from Mapess and the Norwegian Ambassador to Angola, Jon Vea.
The increase support to vocational training and education will gradually lift the skills base in the country, and thereby give a long-term value added to the country. MAPESS / INEFOP represents a major player in a national strategy aiming to expand and enhance the sector of vocational training. INEFOP, being the major instrument of MAPESS, in order to implement this policy, has developed an educational program which is quite ambitious. Today all training activities of INEFOP are classified as informal training programs limited to 6 months basic training (level 1), covering more than 30 different trades.
In the future program, INEFOP intends to offer training at what is defined as level 2, 3 and 4. This program will include training and education programs lasting up to 24 or 36 months. This extent of this program makes it mandatory to link INEFOP operations to the formal education program in Angola under the administration of Ministry of Education.
RKK has been invited by MAPESS / INEFOP to assist in the development of sustainable vocational training centres in Angola in order to provide skilled manpower for the needs of the economy. The beneficiaries will primary be young and adult Angolans seeking for jobs requiring a minimum level of skills. The RKK assistance further includes actions to strenghten the administrative, technical and managerial capacity in prioritised areas in order to secure operational sustainability and enhance the quality of vocational training centres.
In order to prepare this assistandce, a Baseline Study was recommended. The Baseline Study has confirmed the relevance of the objectives defined in the Project Document. There is a need for a substantial raise of the content of the training programs to meet the requirement of the industry. This will be the key activity to develop and document. Improved co-operation with private sector will be another vital issue.
The Angolan Ministry of Public Administration, Employment and Social Security (MAPESS) and RKK have signed a contract scheduled to run from June 2009 to the end of 2012. A principal aim of the project is to help Angola educate its own personnel so that they are qualified to fill the jobs industry needs.