25 November 2012

Tunisia: PM Calls for Closer Approximation Between Vocational Training and Job Market Needs

Gammarth — "Providing the economy with qualified human resources requires approximation between vocational training and job market needs," Interim Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali said Sunday.

This imperative cannot be achieved in the absence of an effective partnership between the public and private sectors and social partners and without a new training approach that ensures functional complementarity with the requirements of development, he specified.

Chairing Sunday in Gammarth, the closing of the national conference on the reform of the vocational training system, Mr. Jebali stressed the urgent need to initiate radical reforms based on a participatory approach to end up with a new training system that places employment and development on the top of priorities.

He reminded that as part of its commitments, the Government has set up a national committee tasked with rethinking the training system and proposing new continuing training mechanisms likely to boost businesses' competitiveness and guarantee the right of employees.

Minister of Vocational Training and Employment Abdelwaheb Maatar said the reform of vocational training should necessarily involve the establishment of governance and the creation of a mechanism to fight against corruption.

He insisted on consultation with companies which should accompany all stages of training.

The three-day meeting focused on defining the outline of the national strategy for reform of the vocational training system.

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