Politics • 28 May, 2019

Vocational training system should provide high-quality knowledge and guarantee employment — Askar Mamin

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At the meeting of the Government chaired by Prime Minister Askar Mamin, prospects and approaches to further development of the technical and vocational education system in the country were considered and approved. It is reported by the press service of PM.

There are 821 colleges in Kazakhstan, of which 479 are state-owned, 342 are private. In total, more than 488 thousand people study at colleges today, including 199 thousand who study under the project "Free Vocational Education for All." Minister of Education and Science Kulyash Shamshidinova, Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Population Berdibek Saparbayev, akims of Atyrau and North Kazakhstan regions reported on the work underway to improve the quality and accessibility of education in workers' specialties.

Consideration of the issue, Deputy Prime Minister Gulshara Abdykalikova, Chairman of the Board of Samruk-Kazyna Sovereign Wealth Fund JSC Akhmetzhan Yessimov, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs Olzhas Ordabayev, representatives of business and universities with trust college management.

Askar Mamin noted the need to create the conditions for obtaining high-quality knowledge, a sought-after specialty, and a guarantee of employment in the system of technical vocational education. This is due to the transformation of the global labor market and the emergence of new trends in the preparation of high-quality personnel for economic sectors, including ubiquitous digitalization.

Training should be consistent with the realities of the time. Askar Mamin stressed that modernization of the vocational training system should take into account all socio-economic factors, including territorial accessibility, versatility and effectiveness of educational institutions, the demand for graduates.”

The prime minister instructed to create a project office and develop clear partnership mechanisms with the business community and universities interested in providing trust management of colleges. At present, large leading companies of the domestic economy can manage about 150 colleges, universities — about 50 colleges.

In order to strengthen the work on the introduction and expansion of dual training, as the head of the Government noted, enterprises can create college-based centers. This will bring the work of colleges closer to the needs of employers and will ensure further employment of graduates. In this direction, the successful experience of the creation by Kazakhmys Corporation of training centers at the Technological College of Mining in Satpayev and the Polytechnic College in Balkhash was noted.

“It is necessary to implement the task of Elbasy on modernization of 180 colleges and 20 universities for the 100 most popular professions and the introduction of international experience in training specialists,” said Mamin. To this end, before the end of this year, it was entrusted to complete the development of professional standards and to make proposals on legislative regulation of the process of professional qualifications.

Head of the Government drew the attention of regional akimats to the need to create conditions in the regions for the development of working competencies and participation in the international project WorldSkills. An additional tool is extracurricular organizations where children can inculcate work skills that take into account modern requirements, for example, in programming, creating mobile applications and running their own projects.

Summing up, Mamin instructed to develop a set of measures to predict staffing needs, modernize colleges and educational programs, and improve the formation of the state educational order.

“Every graduate must be confident in obtaining a demanded working profession and subsequent employment,” said Mamin.

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