ILO builds capacity of thirty vocational training instructors on competency-based training programmes in Iraq

The instructors are now better equipped to develop or upgrade vocational training curricula and assessments, helping improve the skills and employability of men and women from displaced and host communities in Iraq.

News | 14 June 2023
Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq (ILO News) Thirty government vocational training instructors from Ninewa and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq have completed a series of ILO workshops to build their capacities on designing competency-based training (CBT) programmes.

Competency-based training is a structured training and evaluation system that enables individuals to acquire the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to perform work tasks to a specific standard.

The instructors, who are from Vocational Training Centres of the Ministries of Labour and Social Affairs in Mosul and KRI, are now better equipped to develop or upgrade vocational training curricula and assessments based on labour market-required competencies.

The third and final 13-day training workshop took place in Erbil and focused on occupational analysis, the development of training programme profiles, learning guides, and assessments.

The third and final 13-day training workshop took place in Erbil and was conducted by Yasser Ali, ILO’s skills technical officer
“The process of creating curricula and evaluations using competency-based training is new to me,” said Sabhan Mahmood Hasson, - air conditioning and refrigeration vocational instructor, from the Ninewa Vocational Training Centre, who took part in the training. “Moving forward, I will be using CBT methodology to develop training plans and evaluate vocational training participants.”

“The CBT workshop provided us with information to develop vocational training in an organized and structured way, taking occupational input from the job market and using competencies as a base for developing the curriculum,” added Ban Foad Toma, a solar energy vocational instructor from the Duhok Vocational Training Centre. “This will allow us to support other vocational training centres to develop their curricula as well.”

The initiative is part of efforts by the ILO under the PROSPECTS Partnership, funded by the Government of the Netherlands, to provide young forcibly displaced persons and host community members with the needed technical and professional competencies to improve their employability and facilitate their transition to decent jobs.

“The competency-based training approach ensures that training programmes remain relevant to the labour market. Yet, in Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region, this approach has not been fully integrated into the entire cycle of Technical and Vocational Education and Training programmes,” said Shaza Al Jondi, Chief Technical Advisor for ILO PROSPECTS for Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.

“We hope that by building institutional capacities and strengthening the TVET system, ILO PROSPECTS will contribute to reducing skills mismatch and improving young people’s transition into the labour market,” added Al Jondi.

The ILO will continue its support following the trainings and provide coaching to the vocational instructors to help them in developing competency-based learning materials, and to increase the number of curricula that are built based on competency-based training approach.