UCA News - Issue 62
SPCE Technical Vocational Education programme Graduation in Koksu, Kazakhstan
Seventy-two vocational learners graduated from the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) and Koksu Agricultural College (Almaty oblast) partnership programme on 22 October 2010. As part of this alliance, the college – located close to Tekeli, the site of the UCA campus in Kazakhstan – has been hosting the SPCE Technical and Vocational Education (TVET) programmes in Bricklaying / Masonry, Construction Carpentry, and Plastering / Tiling.
The TVET programme is supported by the Kazakh government’s programme “Dorozhnaya karta” (“Road Map”) and SPCE’s modular apprenticeship programme to improve people’s skills that are high in demand in the local job market. During the ceremony, graduates received state diplomas and SPCE certificates.
The 10-month programme was based on apprenticeship model, similar to programmes in Canada and Germany. This model was developed to answer the needs and demands of adults, many of whom are unemployed and want to improve their opportunities to find work. This model is based on cyclical training in schools and enterprises.
As part of the programme, learners received on-the-job training through apprenticeships with companies such as Almatygorstroi, Auylkurlysy, Bolouov, MAK, Sharyk kurylys, and Taldykorgan Asu. Learners were also involved in activities including renovating a school and building homes following a natural disaster in the village of Kyzylagash, and building a hospital in the village of Saty. Some learners renovated and reconstructed one of the Koksu Agricultural College buildings.
The aim of the “Dorozhnaya karta” programme is for sustainable development, and the professional and technical education programme contributes to the foundation of a stable work force, which can constitute the economic basis for the region. After an initial discussion with the Department of Education in Almaty oblast about the programme, both SPCE and Koksu Agricultural College applied to “Dorozhnaya karta”. The programme was successful and received government support.
During the ceremony, the graduates were congratulated by members of UCA Central Administration and the School of Professional and Continuing Education, the Koksu Agricultural College, Department of Employment Coordination and Social Programmes, local education representatives, and the village administration. Artists from the Eskeldin District State Philharmonic performed after the graduation ceremony.
The School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) was founded in 2006 and is the first operational educational division of the University of Central Asia. The School is unique in the region; it offers professional, post-secondary education directed at the needs of adults who want to improve their qualifications or enter a new occupation. SPCE developed educational programmes, taking into consideration the economic demands of the local community, in order to stimulate the social and economic development of mountainous and remote regions of Central Asia.