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05
October
2011

Vanuatu National Training Council

The Corporate Mission Statement for the Vanuatu National Training Council
Vision
VNTC will provide leadership in the development of a high quality TVET system that is valued in Vanuatu and internationally.

Mission
To be a leading contributor to national TVET policy development and to implement quality systems and provide support to training providers to assure skills training, is responsive to the economic and social development needs of Vanuatu.

Goals
Within the national TVET policy, to implement a quality assured system that ensured training;

  • Is responsive to skills demanded by industries and communities
  • is within a coordinated national framework
  • is accessible through flexible delivery mechanisms
  • Provide opportunities for lifelong learning that leads to a productive, inclusive sustainable society and economy.

Values
The core beliefs that will guide VNTC’s activities are committed to standard-based quality and equity within the TVET system and working collaboratively to ensure relevance, respect and recognition for all stakeholder involvement.
Guiding principles
People First:

  • Trainees/students
  • TVET providers – formal and non-formal
  • Industry and community
  • Our team, VNTC staff and council members

Team work

  • Share the work and the learning
  • Putting ideas and energy together to develop quality TVET system
  • Take responsibility for our goals and actions
  • Able to give and receive feedbacks and support each other and our stakeholders

Moral Code

  • Trust, respect, caring, positive, ethical, hard working and professional
  • Fairness and equity

Excellence in

  • quality assurance in training delivery
  • Policies
  • Service delivery

Achievement

  • Committed to the council and its goals
  • Getting things done
  • Taking pride of what we do
  • Problem solving and creativity
  • Continuous improvement based on sound monitoring and evaluation
  • Willing to learn and take risk
  • Open to changes

Making a difference

  • Development of individuals
  • Contribution to Vanuatu’s skills development and economy

The Vanuatu National Training Council (VNTC) is an independent body established under the VNTC Act No. 13 of 1999 and Act No.4 of 2007 (Amendment).  It was established in response to concerns that there was a large variation in the standards of vocational training in Vanuatu, and there was no regulatory framework which would monitor standards and provide appropriate information to the public and government.

The VNTC is responsible for the quality of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and for its promotion in Vanuatu.

Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is the international term used to describe practical skills training, offered by formal Government institutions and non-formal, non-Government organizations. TVET is a separate sector to the academic or schools system. It provides practical living skills to enhance quality of life in the community. It also provides the skills required to generate income and to work in the formal and the informal economy. The MYDST is responsible for the national TVET policy development and working through the Vanuatu National Training Council to ensure the quality standards of the TVET sector.

TVET in Vanuatu is delivered by many agencies in the government and private sectors, ranging from the Government owned training institutions (VIT, VAC, VMC, VCNE, and VPC etc), Rural Training Centers, and independent private training businesses.

VNTC represents TVET in Vanuatu, and works with all providers to improve and maintain the quality of TVET delivery.

The major functions of the Council as described in the National Training Council Act and the National TVET Policy are to:

  • promote and coordinate effective vocational education and training at all levels within the community
  • provide advice to the Minister on the costs and financing of vocational education
  • adopt a relevant and inclusive national training structure, including multiple skill levels and associated qualifications
  • encourage the adoption of national skill standards with advice from industry
  • accredit courses and recognize course providers (both public and private sector providers) that provide quality training
  • advise on proposed legislation establishing vocational education and training schemes
  • set up a process to monitor institution and certificate standards
  • To set up and administer a national TVET qualifications framework.
  • In consultation with industry set competency standards for any occupation, job, post, or position in any career situation.
  • To set up and support Provincial Training Boards in each province in order for them to assist national policy development and to act as decentralised arms of the VNTC.
  • To develop appropriate policies on technical vocational education and training in response to emerging priorities for skills development.
  • To contribute to regional and global developments in TVET and apply these as appropriate to the Vanuatu TVET system.

Infrastructure and Services

VNTC is a very small office with a large mandate.  It ensures the quality of TVET by administering a system which accredits courses and registers training providers.  In the rural areas the VNTC collaborate with the Provincial Training Boards (PTBs), to identify training needs within the provinces of Vanuatu.
PTB members receive no salary, meet as required, and are usually government employees in a variety of other positions.

In Vanuatu there are approximately 200 training providers ranging from rural training centers to international offshore companies.

Rural Training Centers are training providers own and operated by churches, communities and individual which are often in very remote places, and deliver a limited number of courses, at basic levels.  They typically have very limited resources of tools, buildings and expertise.  The challenge for VNTC with this group is to improve and maintain the quality of their instructors, and to find resources to ensure audit and training visits occur.

Independent private training businesses and international companies which may be offering training in Vanuatu to take advantage of its tax-free status.  They require VNTC approval as part of the terms of their business license.  The challenges for VNTC with this group are to monitor that their training activities are based on the Vanuatu National Training Packages.

The VNTC procedures for course accreditation and training provider registration are designed to accommodate the range of providers in Vanuatu.

VNTC has developed the National TVET Qualifications Framework (NTQF), which outlines the qualifications available in Vanuatu, ranging from Advance Diploma at the upper level, to the Vanuatu Community Certificate (VCC) at the lower level.  The VCC is an access course which emphasizes the skills required for those with limited education who wish to restart formal learning.  The NTQF outline the skills and knowledge required of trainees at each qualification level.

A major challenge for TVET throughout Vanuatu, and for the majority of providers, is an understanding of competency based training and assessment.  Traditionally, TVET was delivered according to a supply driven curriculum measured in years, and assessed by examination.  Modern TVET is competency based and demand driven: assessment is by the achievement of competency in the defined task, it is not time based, and is usually delivered in specific short modules.   VNTC is using the NTQF and the registration and accreditation procedures to modify the thinking of TVET providers in Vanuatu, and improve TVET in Vanuatu.

VNTC recognizes quality by issuing certificates to registered providers who deliver accredited courses.  The certificate, which includes the VNTC logo, states that the training has met nationally accredited standards.  VNTC maintains strict control of the issue of certificates and the use of its logo, so that the integrity of the certificates can be maintained.

Author: Administrator