Meeting with Technical and Vocational Education and Training Department (TVET) to Discuss Skills Development for Myanmar Garment Sector

A virtual meeting between the Director General Dr. Sai Kyaw Naing Oo of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training department (TVET), Ministry of Education, and EuroCham Myanmar Policy and Strategy Team took place on Monday 23rd November, to discuss the ways in which private sector can support for the skills enhancement both in vocational schools and higher education institutions, in order to sustain the long-term development of the industry and its transition from Cut- Make-Pack to Free On Board.

The Head of Policy and Strategy from EuroCham Myanmar, U Thet Zaw Htwe, began the meeting by highlighting the challenges in the Garment industry, in terms of the capacity to meet the demands for middle management positions locally, along with the labor market challenges from the increasing regional competition in the sector. This meeting is part of the working agenda, initiated by EuroCham Myanmar and its member to facilitate private sector involvement into the TVET skills development curriculum, in terms of benchmarking and providing industry relevant technical, and market expertise.

Both parties also discussed the importance of incorporating labor law trainings in the curriculum to ensure both workers and employers are aware of their rights and how the inter-Ministry collaboration is crucial for such trainings. Both parties further discussed the importance of an effective collaboration platform for regular correspondence between the private sector and the department, to ensure the sustainability of such skills development efforts. The Director General then concluded the meeting by stating that the TVET department is looking forward to collaborating with EuroCham Myanmar and its members for the development of an effective skills training curriculum that is on par with the growing industry demands and international standards. 

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