The Conclusion and Sustainability workshop of Sino/German Technical Cooperation-Vocational Qualification and Employment Promotion in the Western Regions of China achieved a complete success
Date 2008-6-19

The Conclusion and Sustainability workshop of Sino/German Technical Cooperation-Vocational Qualification and Employment Promotion in the Western Regions of China achieved a complete success  

 

 

In order to further promote the development of vocational education in Shaanxi province and transfer the best practices to other regions or beyond. The Conclusion and Sustainability Workshop of VQEP was held in Xian on May 30, 2008, which symbolizes a successful end of Sino/German Technical Cooperation-Vocational Qualification and Employment Promotion in the Western Regions of China. The representatives from GOPA Consultants, Provincial Department of Commerce (DOFCOM), Provincial Reform and Development Commission, Provincial Department of Labour and Social Security, Provincial Department of Education, Provincial Womens Federation, Local Labour Bureau and Commerce Bureau of Xian, Yanan and Tongchuan respectively and all implementation units. Mr. Song Minsheng, the Deputy Director-General of DOFCOM and Deputy Group Leader of Programme Advisory Committee on behalf of the above organizations presented the conference and delivered the opening address. This workshop summarized the successful experience obtained in the past 3 years as well as discussed the sustainable development in the future. The participants expressed their satisfaction on the remarkable results of VQEP and the positive impact on the vocational education undertakings. Meanwhile, the delegates brought forward the constructive recommendations and made the concrete work plan on the sustainable expansion after the first phase of programme finished in June. 

Sino/German Technical Cooperation-Vocational Qualification and Employment Promotion in the Western Regions of China launched officially in 2005, is the first voluntary technical assistance programme between German government and Shaanxi Province. DOFCOM is the leading execution agency, Provincial Reform and Development Commission, Provincial Department of Labour and Social Security, Provincial Department of Education, Provincial Womens Federation also participate in management and implementation activities. The programme places covered 3 cities including Xian, Yanan and Tongchuan. The budget of German contribution is 3,500,000 Euros and the programme will be finished within three years and a half. The three main objectives are: enhance the efficiency of vocational education and training; improve the service for the unemployed and underemployed people; effects monitoring and results transferring to other western regions. In the past three years, VQEP has implemented a lot of activities in the above areas. Until May 2008, 96 professional trainers have been trained in 4 Training of Trainers and 97 employment service staffs have been trained in Career Consultation Training. 66 key trainers have been to top vocational institutes to get domestic training. We carried out 11 reference models and established 3 training centers. 298 laid-off workers have been trained in VQEP and achieved 100% re-employment. We also organized successfully the study tour and partnership training to Germany twice with total 35 participants. Meanwhile, in order to strengthen the network impact, VQEP made one Public Private Partnership programme. We helped Shaanxi Golden Needle Company develop the training materials on clothes sewing and assist Yanan Employment Training Center rebuild and do personnel training.  Provincial Programme Management Office (PPMO) compiled Project Management Handbook, Trainers Handbook, Monitoring and Evaluation Handbook. PPMO also developed 7 training books on ecological apple farming, clothes making, CNC and country home vacation etc. There are 463 participants in 15 reference model training. With the support of the governments from various levels and German Expert Team, with the effective and unfailing efforts of many programme managers and implementers, VQEP achieved outstanding results and even beyond the estimated expectations. On this workshop, the representatives discussed how to use the resources and implement further TOT (Cascade Principle), how to carry out more activities on the basis of network established among the enterprises, vocational schools to guarantee the sustainable development after VQEP end in June 2008.   

Sino/German Technical Cooperation-Vocational Qualification and Employm ent Promotion in the Western Regions of China achieving a complete success proved strongly the managerial capability of DOFCOM of Shaanxi Province in the trans-sectional and trans-field international technical assistance programme, which also makes a moderate foundation and accumulates valuable experience for the similar bilateral programme implementation. In the future, DOFCOM will study the preferential cooperation policy and strategy of other foreign countries toward China, integrate the real situation of Shaanxi Province, provide better service for the departments needed external technical and financial assistance to make more contributions for the development of society and economy of our province. 

Source:International Eonomic Cooperation Division,SXDOFCOM