The inaugural ceremony of “German Technical School - GTS” will be held on 04 October 2019. Chief Guest, Mr. Dormani Poudel, Minister of Province 3 and special guest from Germany, Mr. Norbert Barthle, German Vice Minister for Economic Development and Cooperation, are scheduled to give opening speeches at the inauguration ceremony along with Nepali and German partners.
German Technical School- GTS is a well-equipped technical institution established by Sheshkant Foundation (SheFa) in cooperation with German NGO Zukunft für Nepal Ostwürttemberg e.V. (ZfN) to provide dual technical and vocational education and training in Dhunibesi Municipality, Dhading district.
The metal workshop hall of the GTS has been constructed under the financial assistance of develoPPP.de program of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) together with VOITH, the German Technology company based in Heidenheim. Different companies and individuals from the German region Swabian Alb have supported this project who will ensure input from German Voith hydropower and other German firms.
In Nepal, this project would be pioneer of sort, providing vocational training to youth in order to meet the high demand for professionals in the Nepalese hydro power sector. The school will train mechanics, metal workers and other future craftspeople in close collaboration with the hydropower industry of Nepal following a dual approach inspired by Germany’s vocational education and training system. GTS will provide short term courses (4-12 months) as well as long term courses (3 years diploma courses).
Vocational Training has a long tradition in Germany. Young people are trained for their jobs by providing theoretical lessons as well as “on the job” practice. A student usually is affiliated with a company and is therefore paid a salary while being trained and working in the company at the same time. German investors believe that vocational training with a high degree of in-house training is key to developing partnerships with Nepali industry which can lead to producing export grade technical products in Nepal.