Vocational Education and Career Counseling
With unemployment rate as high as 46% (CBS report, 2008), Nepal urgently needs to explore alternative means to address the problem of unemployment. Academic courses alone have failed to prepare the youth for meaningful employment. For some youth, training in the right career path is far more constructive than pursuing years of higher education.
FNC has been implementing the program ‘Vocational Education and Career Counseling (VECC)’ since 2007, focusing on career counseling and training opportunities for the youths. We help youths from poor economic background who are more likely to benefit from vocational training than from higher education.
We help the youths explore their interest as well as strength and identify the appropriate career path. Our career counselor provides individual as well as group counselling sessions for the youths during which different tests like Self Estimate Test, Interest Test and Career Occupation Test are used to explore their potentialities.
VECC has also initiated orientations on vocational education to the children who are still at school. The aim is to arouse the interest and broaden the knowledge of the children on the various career opportunities at an earlier stage in life so that when the time comes, it is easier for them to make the decision regarding their career.
The youths are then sponsored for the training in the field of their choice. There are around 20 different career paths in which the youths have been enrolled in, such as JTA, electrical, mechanics, midwife, lab technician, tailoring, beautician and many more.
Since 2007, 237 youths have been provided vocational training out of which 154 have already graduated and 102 have found employment.