Background information

A BRIEF NOTE DESCRIBING RWANDA TVET BOARD

In 2019, the Ministry of Public Service and Labour has initiated new restructuring known as Rationalization of Public Institutions and this exercise was approved by Cabinet in June 2020. The rationale behind this restructuring was to ensure efficiency and effective utilization of resources in all public institutions.

For TVET in Education sector, it became apparent that the development of TVET schools (Level 1 to 5) and short-term training were not well represented during the restructuring of Workforce Development Authority (WDA) of 2016. There was urgent need to create a new institution to be responsible for TVET schools which were put under RP by oversight

The recent restructuring process has therefore established the Rwanda TVET Board with the following responsibilities:  

  • to design and distribute curricula, teaching materials, trainer’s guides, methodologies and establish training methods for technical and vocation education and training from level one (1) to five (5);  
  •  to promote the use of information and communication technology in technical and vocation education and training from level one (1) to five (5);
  • to coordinate and fast track technical and vocation education and training programs and activities;
  •  to coordinate programs and activities to ensure trainers development, build their capacities and monitor their management.
  •  to advise the Government on all activities which can fast track technical and vocation education and training development in Rwanda.  

It’s in this regards that on 30th December 2020, the Ministry of Education handed over to Rwanda TVET Board (RTB) the activities, projects, assets, properties, and responsibilities falling under RTB mandate including the Skills Development Fund (SDF) under the Priority Skills for Growth (PSG) Program for Results.

RTB will continue to manage the SDF secretariat under the additional financing of PSG Program to reach its objectives to minimize the skills gaps experienced by private business operators by rapidly increasing the supply of skills in high demand in the labour market and to ease the entry of new entrants of youth and women to the labour market by providing them with long term and short term labour market-relevant skills.