Building Workforce ‘Infrastructure’ [Archives:1998/27/Business & Economy]

June 6 1998

Organized by the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training, a special work seminar was held on Monday, 29 June to discuss the final recommendations made by the workshop on establishmentarian development and vocational training.
Leading the participants were the Minister of Labor and Vocational Training, Eng. Mohammed Al-Tayyeb; Mr. Ahmed Mustafa, ILO expert; and Mr. Griem Wooller of the Australian SMEC for enginerring consultancy.
The seminar was also attended by senior officials at the Vocational Training Fund, the Ministry, the General Authority for Vocational and Technical Training (GAVTT) and other relevant bodies. The aim was to try to draw out organizational structures, consolidating the administrative infrastructure, and allocating the tasks and specializations to the various directorates.
Launching the seminar, Eng. Al-Tayyeb emphasized the importance of founding modern vocational training institutions in Yemen. A project is in the pipeline to help renovate and refurbish the existing institutions and equip them with modern facilities and equipment, indicated by the Minister of Labor. He also stressed the need to develop human resources as an essential part of the development process. “Training must encompass all people, from senior executives to junior staff. Every training center should be made into an independent unit,” announced Eng. Al-Tayyeb.

A 13-month contract worth YR 60 million was signed with the SMEC company of Australia to rebuild what was destroyed by the war in Aden, Lahaj and Abyan. The funds for the project will be provided by the World Bank, the OPEC Fund, and the Yemeni Government.
Mr. Moqbil A. Al-Sanabani, Administrative Director of the Vocational Training Project, told Yemen Times: “The are 14 training centers eligible for rehabilitation and new equipment. They will provide training in carpentry, electrical wiring and fixtures, building construction, sanitation fitting, car mechanics, and electronics.

“Special plans are now being discussed to establish a training center for training women on basic handicrafts and other vocations that have been a male reserve. With support by the EU, there will also be two training centers for hoteliery and oil and gas.”
On his part, Mr. Abduljalil Al-Daba, the project’s director for technical cooperation and training, indicated that among the 35 participants at the seminar there were two women: Ms. Leial Ba-Shomeila, director if the Center for the Disabled in Aden and Ms. Nawal Abdulaziz, deputy director of the GAVTT office in Aden.
Institutional Strengthening of GAVTT:
1- The legal mandate of GAVTT to be revised to cover it’s mission statement and basic fundamentals.
2- The National Council for Vocational Training and Technical Education to be re-established to carry out the stated functions.
3- The Management Executive Committee to be elected from among the NCVTT members to act as the Board of Directors of GAVTT and to carry out the functions stated in the mission statement of the Management Executive Committee.
4- The proposal on organizational structure and mission statements of the administrative units of GAVTT to be adopted and practiced.
5- Action plans to maintain the strengths, to overcome the weaknesses, to seize the opportunities and to eliminate the threats should be developed and implemented by GAVTT.
6- A Management Development Plan, including the mission statements of the directorates, job descriptions of key positions and procedural manuals to be developed and implemented in the second phase of this assignment (Oct-Nov, 1998).
7- The proposal on Technical Education and Vocational Training Production through Training and National Accreditation Criteria to be discussed within the GAVTT leaderships, and to be finalized during the second phase of the assignment.