Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Oyu Tolgoi LLC hosted last Friday hosted the third annual graduation ceremony for Mongolian teachers and trainers enrolled in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program, taking the total count of teachers enrolled in the program to approximately 1,100.

The program forms part of OT’s focus on real-world skills and education, and trains the teachers of Mongolia’s vocational training centers. The ceremony, attended by Vice Minister for Labour Batkhuyag and OT President and CEO Andrew Woodley, felicitated newly graduated TVET teachers.

Addressing the new graduates, Vice Minister Batkhuyag said: “I would like to stress the  significant contribution that OT is making in order to advance technical and vocational training sector in Mongolia,”

Speaking at the ceremony, OT President and CEO Mr Andrew Woodley, said: “We firmly believe that for development to be truly sustainable, people and communities must grow with it – acquiring the skills and knowledge needed to flourish in the new economy. This is enshrined in our vision – ‘natural wealth to enduring value, knowledge and skill’, and the TVET program is a great live example of this effort. “We are proud to support the teachers who are shaping Mongolia’s youth, and helping the nation fulfil its true potential.”

The program aims to help the teachers to acquire Australian Certificate IV professional qualifications and build capacity through competence-based training. Over the last four years, 92 managers of vocational training centers enrolled in the Diploma of Training Design and Development program, and a further 306 teachers received Australian Certificate IV qualifications. These trainer-teachers returned to pass on their training to other teachers during the 2013-2014 academic year. As a result, about 1,100 teachers from all over the country have become eligible for the certificate. In addition to this, 90 vocational teachers and 30 senior managers and Ministry officials have also participated in study tours, visiting Australian vocational schools and studying best practices.

Education and training are major areas of focus for OT, supporting the creation of a national workforce that is skilled to global standards. Over the past five years, OT has spent US$87 million in education and training programs in Mongolia.