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Sector Skills Councils

Promoting skills for dynamic needs of the Private Sector and Market Driven Economy though Sector Skills Councils (SSC)

Background

Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) are linked to V2020, Pillar II- “Human Resource Development and a knowledge-based economy” which aims at creating an adequate skills base in Rwanda to meet local, regional and international demands by 2020 . SSCs operate as autonomous bodies. They have responsibilities of skills and workforce development of all those employed in their sectors - from professional staff to tradesmen and women, administrative staff, support staff and other ancillary workers. They also cover all sizes of employer - from large firms to micro-businesses and the self-employed.

What is a Sector Skills Councils (SSCs)?

Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) is a national partnership organization that brings together all the stakeholders – Industry, labour and the Training providers, for the common purpose of skills and workforce development of particular industry sectors. Training providers here refers to Higher Institutions of Learning, Technical and Vocational Education Training centers (TVET), like universities, Colleges, Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centers (IPRC), and other accredited institutions. Sector skills councils are largely employer led and the aim is to meet sector specific skills needs for growth. .

Objective of SSC

a) Improving quality and relevance of training for employment.
b) Improving productivity and business performance;
c) Increasing opportunities to boost the skills and productivity of everyone in the sector’s workforce, plus equal opportunities;

Functions of SCC

a) Lead the drive to boost sector skills and workforce development
b) Share labour market intelligence c) Influence planning and funding of education and training across Rwanda
d) Forge linkages between employers and training providers e) Influence decisions of young people to join the workforce
f) Share best practice on skill development and investment in capacity building

Governance

SCCs are coordinated by RDB/Human Capital and Institutional Development (HCID) ; as part of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) that is championed by RDB. RDB/HCID is responsible for:
• Developing the national guidelines / policy and legal framework for operation
• Promote understanding of the role of SSCs within the skills system across the Country.
• To register and facilitate the setup of SSCs.
• Co-ordinate policy positions and strategic work on skills with stakeholders across Rwanda.
• Help build the performance capability of the Sector Skills Councils, to ensure they continue to work effectively on the employer-driven skills agenda.


So far nine (9) Sector Skills Councils have been formed and include Tourism, Mining, ICT, Agriculture, Financial Services, Energy, Construction Manufacturing and Entertainment, Media and Arts. The ultimate objective is for each sector to have a skills council that will guide skills development planning and development in their respective sectors.

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