Tvet sector short of training staff

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THE technical vocational education and training (Tvet) sector lacks trade teachers, says Education Secretary Dr Uke Kombra
“The Tvet sector contributes the majority of the workforce that manipulates renewable and non-renewable resources for economic gain,” he told Tvet coordinators during their week-long conference in Port Moresby on Monday.
“This category of human capital is in short supply in PNG. The skilled manpower issue affecting PNG can only be addressed through a vibrant, efficient and responsive technical vocational education and training system,” Kombra said.
“You and I need to develop the under-developed Tvet sector that will play a very important role for the economic growth of Papua New Guinea,” Kombra said.
He said PNG was rich with natural resources such as minerals, marine life, timber, diverse culture and human capital which were all a recipe for huge economic gain.
“The non-renewable economy in the mining and energy sector will require skilled workforce,” he said
According to an expert on policy and employability under the human resource development programme, Dr Ben Imbun, practical skills were not parallel with professional jobs.
“We lack applying the practical skills,” he said.
“Hard skills trigger the economy and the economy creates the demand that influences the Tvet sector to supply the number of people to do that skill job.”
He said provinces such as East New Britain, Morobe and National Capital district were progressing well with skilled workforces.

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