July 9, 2017, Yangon, Myanmar— Department of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (DTVET) under the Ministry of Education and Sea Lion Group, a leading provider of healthcare, education, and industrial solutions in Myanmar, today signed the collaboration agreement to establish School of Industrial Training and Education (SITE) at 123 Natmauk Road in Bahan, Yangon, Myanmar. According to the agreement, DTVET will provide the land, existing building, renovation expenses, construction of new buildings, staffing and continuing operations of the school and Sea Lion, with the support of its global partners, Festo of Germany, EMCO and Felder of Austria, Urban Architects of Thailand, will provide master planning and detail planning of the campus, state-of-the-art training equipment, training materials and training of the trainers. The school will offer occupational skills-based training in Industrial Automation, CNC Metal Cutting, Water and Wastewater Management, Solar and Wind Power Energies and Woodworking using the same training models in Germany and Austria, the leading countries in technical and vocational education and training.
The signing ceremony held at SITE campus was attended by Union Minister for Education, Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, Chief Minister of Yangon U Phyo MIn Thein and ministers from Yangon region government, officials from DTVET, management of Sea Lion and global partners, diplomats, and invited guests.
During the TVET Forum and Exhibition in July 2016, State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi emphasized the importance of TVET education for development of the nation and urged the policy makers to model TVET system in Myanmar after the best and the most successful countries leading in TVET sector. Her Excellency also urged the stakeholders to have inclusive public-private-partnership to achieve success.
The proposed School of Industrial Training and Education (SITE) will be the most innovative and advanced model TVET institution in the nation when it opens doors for students and trainees within a year from now. Training programs at the school are designed to bridge between classrooms and workplace seamlessly with the help from German and Austrian companies like Festo, Felder and EMCO. The school will cooperate with the industry to match the training and required skills, to offer on-the-job training and to offer SITE graduates employment in related fields.
For School of Industrial Training and Education (SITE), Union Government will contribute 2.5 billion Kyats for renovation of existing building, construction of new buildings, infrastructure, furniture, IT equipment and undertake the continuing operations of the school. Contributions from Sea Lion and its global partners totaled more than 1.5 billion Kyats.
Department of Technical and Vocational Education and Training under the Ministry of Education is responsible for the development of TVET institutions and schools in Myanmar to better equip the young citizens with required skills for better employment opportunities. The department is working closely with development partners from around the world including ADB, EU, KfW, GIZ, JICA, KOICA and others in bringing world class TVET system to Myanmar.
Sea Lion, established in 1997, and its partner Festo Didactic of Germany recently commissioned 2.8 million Euro project in Industrial Training Centre (Sinde) of Ministry of Industry under German development bank, Kfw, for training in automation, refrigeration, machine tools and CNC machine tools. ITC (Sinde) was established in 1976 with the grant from German government.
Lack of skilled workers in Myanmar has been one of the major challenges that investors are facing when considering doing business in Myanmar. Skilled technicians in manufacturing sector are in need to jumpstart industrialization in Myanmar towards sustainable development and to improve the livelihood of its citizens. The opening of SITE - School of Industrial Training and Education will help alleviate the shortage of skilled technicians in manufacturing and environmental sectors and increase better job prospects for young citizens of the country.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Pyae Kyaw Thu
Department of Technical and Vocational Education and Training
Ministry of Education
U Win Min Latt
Product Leader - Industrial Solutions
Sea Lion Group