The Need for Technical and Vocational Skills Olympics in Ethiopia

The multi-skilled vocations make an essential contribution to the economic and social well being of people everywhere.

In fact, World Skills, which organizes Technical and Vocational Skills Olympics or Skill Competition every two years provides a cost effective means of cooperation in achieving higher standards and status in vocational training on a worldwide basis. The competitions are effective particularly in the context of providing positive career role models for school-aged youngsters. It provides a unique means of comparison of world-class competence in the industrial building and service rendering global economy.

To be part of the skills competition is the step with an opportunity to bring the best performers of each field of study into national and continental skills contents. In relation to this, it assists to overcome the challenge of globalization and develop a g work culture. Hence, skills competition and demonstration can play a big role in helping build up the necessary trained manpower for employment in both government and private attitudes towards every kind of work as an engine capacity of generating the desired skilled people. This in return fights poverty by providing them the necessary skills and knowledge and adequate income. So, it can be noted that acquisition of competitiveness and employable skill are two of the major determinates that increase productivity in the world of work.

Programming for Skills Olympic or a competition with relevance to economic development and industrial relation is highly need. Skills development is one of the most important prerequisites by which countries can maximize their benefits from their labor force. The existence of trained and productive work force is an essential element for the development of a nation. It is highly important to prepare trained manpower that can effectively participate in all economic sectors of the society. In this regard, there is a need to vitalize the standards of technical skills in line with empowering the youth with technical skills. This could enable to facilitate the situation in preparing the necessary trained manpower that provides room for entrepreneurship. It also develops attitude towards manual work and prepares one for self-employment. In Ethiopia, vocational skills are flourishing with tremendous growth in recent years. Many dramatic changes have been recorded. On the other hand the very high customer awareness, technological aancement and environment conditions are forcing the technical young people associated with the industry to bring in newer and better technology innovation.

The potential of vocational skill has not fully been exploited due to a wide variety of constraint in our country. So, the government, employers, business and industrial sectors, donors and civil society must be guided by a comprehensive plan to address competitiveness among the youth and workers. This enables to expand and improve skills and innovation.

In fact, Skill Olympics is a new practice area in Ethiopia. In this regard, the private enterprise, which is devoted to promoting technical and vocational skills has got a chance to be selected and invited to attend the 37th World Skills competition held in Switzerland and introduce skills competition to Ethiopia.

Hence, what no one would even have begun to think had happened. The project idea appeared to work jointly as a public private partnership then, Ethio Skills’ 99 a pioneering Ethiopian skills competition held at the Addis Ababa Exhibition center from November, 18-19, 2006. The competition was undertaken as a model project by the Engineering Capacity Building program (ECBP) and partnered by the Addis Ababa City Government Education Bureau in conjunction with Leading Enterprise. But after this model skills competition the project has been stuck and from 2008 onwards it has been in a dead lock for the last 6 years. Oh! When will the renaissance for Ethiopian Technical and Vocational Skills Olympic be?

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