The Council of Ministers approved the administrative organization by- law for TVSDC, which was established under the TVSD law that was issued during the past year 2019 in accordance with the National Strategy for Human Resources Development.
‘’the role of TVSDC is to organize and license everything related to TVET from TVET providers, to curricula and trainers according to specific criteria.’’ Said The HE. The Minister of Labour, Nidal Faisal Al-Batayneh, Head of the TVSD Council.
According to Al Batayneh, 21 sectoral skills’ Councils, representing various sectors, are operating within the TVSDC’s system. These Councils are formed by the private sector. The TVSDC is supervised by a Council headed by the Minister of Labour under its law, and the TVSDC Council includes members such as the Minister of Education and the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, while representatives of the private sector constitute 60 percent of the TVSDC Council.
“the TVSDC licenses the workers to supplement the labour market with the necessary national skills and competencies.” Said the Minister of Labour, Nidal Faisal Al-Batayneh, Head of the TVSD Council. He explained that “’the Commission is the (legal successor) of ETVET fund, to support and finance employment projects, including the productive branches in the governorates and remote areas.
He stated that” the TVSDC’s administrative organization by-law, which was approved; It includes articles that define the organizational structure of the TVSDC, directorates and administrative units that will implement its tasks in many aspects, including partnership with the private sector through a Directorate concerned with sectoral skill Councils, organizing relations with donors, performance management and M&E, quality assurance and accreditation, financing projects for employment, administrative and financial aspects related to the work of the TVSDC, as this by-law is part of the legislation governing the work of the Commission. “
Al-Batayneh pointed out that the Council of Ministers had previously approved the three TVSDC by-laws: by-law of Equivalency of vocational, technical qualifications and certificates, by-law of the Accreditation of TVET Providers, by-law of define criteria for selecting, classifying trainers, technical and vocational supervisors, and organizing their occupational ranks/ levels, which are considered part of the legislation governing the work of the Commission.
Al Batayneh stressed that the by-laws that have been prepared will contribute to the optimal implementation of the TVSD Law that came in response to the National Strategy For Human Resource Development, to address the absence of one umbrella for the TVET sector, and building real partnerships with the private sector to contribute to managing this promising sector.
He explained that the by-law for accrediting and supervising TVET providers, organizing their work, evaluating and controlling their performance and supervising the implementation of TVET programmes include secondary and vocational education programmes, a vocational training with the apprenticeship system, technical training, and continuous training. The law also gave the commission the supervision of implementing other vocational programmes that are created and this by-law only excludes institutions that give a scientific degree, noting that this by-law will contribute to the supervision of private sector institutions; The provider of vocational and technical education and training services, as this by-law is the reference for the accreditation of TVET providers in general (for the facility) and in particular (for programmes), the by-law will also contribute to the evaluation of the programmes provided by TVET providers and implement programmes related to labour market requirements based on the recommendations of sector skills Councils (The representative body of the private sector).
The head of the Council indicated that the equivalency of vocational, technical qualifications and certificates by-law will contribute to the recognition of certificates and qualifications issued by international accreditation bodies, and identify what comes under the TVSDC benefits from TVET experiences gained from outside the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. the equivalency will be based on a committee in the TVSDC that will assume tasks and powers, including: reviewing requests for qualifications equivalency and certificates, issuing an appropriate decision in this regard, verifying the correctness of the information contained in the technical and vocational qualifications and certificates required for equivalency, and verifying the legality of the TVET providers in non-original countries in the manner it deems appropriate.
The by-law also gave the committee the right to ask for assistance from whoever it deems appropriate with expertise and competence to seek his opinion on the equivalency of TVET qualifications and certificates. The equivalency should be based on: providing evidence that applicants attend the period of the training programme in the country that issued the certificate or vocational qualification, and provide evidence that the vocational and technical qualifications and certificates required are equivalent to qualifications, certificates, and occupational practice permits approved by the TVSDC in terms of approved level and training hours. The TVET qualifications and certificates are equivalent to their counterparts in the Commission, to ensure that the TVET qualifications and certificates required to qualify their holder to work in the country from which the certificate or qualification was issued. If the qualified person did not meet the minimum certification requirements for equivalency then the qualification will be equivalent to the vocational certificate preceding it and achieving its requirements.
According to Al Batayneh, this by-law defines the mechanisms for submitting an application for equivalency to the TVSDC, mechanisms for objections to the decisions of the committee, and fees.
On the by-law of defining criteria for selecting, classifying trainers, technical and vocational supervisors, and organizing their occupational ranks/ levels, which aims to raise the level of trainers and TVET supervisors in the TVET sector; The head of the Council said that ‘’ the by-law sets the selection criteria for technical ability, educational capabilities, personal capabilities, practical experiences, and passing the prescribed tests. It also includes the classification of vocational and technical training of trainers with trainer/trainers, vocational trainer, theoretical trainer, practical trainer, A craftsman trainer, a production trainer, an online training trainer or facilitator, classification of vocational and technical training sector supervisors with a theoretical supervisor, a practical supervisor/operator, a trainee affairs supervisor, a non-classroom activities supervisor, the by-law also arranged the ranks of vocational training trainers: expert trainer, lead trainer, trainer, and co-trainer’’
According to Al-Batayneh, the by-law included mechanisms for reviewing applications and determining the conditions and requirements for the ranks of trainers and supervisors according to instructions issued by the Council for this purpose, the validity of the by-law and determining the period for reconciling the conditions within a year from the date of its validity, and that the TVSDC develop a database that includes the information of approved TVET providers to qualify trainers and supervisors, the information of certified and qualified trainers and supervisors, the by-law specifying the fees necessary to implement the by-law.
Al-Batayneh added that work is underway to complete the legislation regulating the TVSDC work in the near future, which needs more dialogue in order to issue it.