The Practice of vocational guidance and counseling: the missing link between Tvet and the Labour Market (the Case of Woliso Tvet College

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Addis Ababa Universty


The main purpose of this study was to examine the cun'ent practice and to investigate the future expectation, tasks and respon ibilities of the vocational guidance and counseling unit by taking Woliso Technical and Vocational Education and Training College as a particular case. In order to conduct the study qualitative research approach was used. This included the use of int '-viewees discus ions observations and non-reactive methods of document reviewing as data collection strategies. Samples included were twenty two representing the vocational guidance and counseling officer, Dean, VlDean, Student Dean, department heads, trainers, representatives of employing organization and trainees in the college. The collected data analyzed erbally by constructing a descriptive paragraph stressing on inductive method, and provided that, emphasis was given to the purpose of the study, the number of individuals involved, the research settings and the time spent during the analysis. When the actual performance of the vocational guidance and counseling unit of Woliso TVET College is seen in relation to the expected tasks, responsibilities and roles, it is lagging behind. The findings of the investigation indicate that the programme of the unit is not as expected, except attempts made for the routine task of the unit that is emphasis given to apprenticeship program and record keeping. From the findings, the very focus of the unit that is to create complementary cooperation between training and employment had missed or got less emphasis or it was not as it was expected to be. To address cooperation between the unit and the employing organization, there has to be a planned and programmed commitment of the unit to takl" the initiative to motivate the manufacturing and service rendering organizations. Consolidated through exhibitions, workshops and panel discussions those illustrate the training and trainees profile. In addition there has to be regular communication net work between the unit and the focus group both with in and outside the school to share information with regard training need and the labour market assessment. Since the regional government is the leading and responsible body of the sector, it is advisable to formulate compensatory directives that encourage employing organizations to take part in the situation and to allocate appropriate budget to effect the tasks and responsibilities of the unit.



Vocational guidance