Background of the Unit

The inception of the office was connected to the commencement of offering courses in line with the new educational policy and the new curriculums. As regard to the new curriculums, fields of trainings are intended to be highly supported by practical course, among which practicum (for teacher education) and Apprenticeship (for TVET) are at the forefront.

The office was, therefore, opened in Tir, 1996 E.C (January, 2004) with a single person (the Vocational Counselor) to respond to the need of a separate and responsible body for the implementation of such practical courses with the intention of increasing the quality of trainings offered.

Currently, the office consists of about four staff members with the necessary facilities and equipments. At its inception, the office was handling mere Practicum and Apprenticeship related tasks within limited capacity. But in the following years, its capacity has been increased both in manpower as well as duties and responsibilities such as job placement, office practice, preparing and conducting workshops, and arranging short term trainings to partners.

During the past five years, the office has been successful in the implementation of its tasks, mainly, Practicum (school experience), Apprenticeship (on the job training) and job placement of graduate students. In addition, strong relationship has been established with partners, especially, schools. We have had eleven partner schools around the Lideta Campus (with in two Kilometers radius). Currently, the number of partner schools decreased to eight due to dwindling of students’ enrollment in the Faculty of Teacher Education.

Objectives

The office has the following objectives:-

1.Implement the off-campus practical courses (internship) in the diploma program;

2.Enhance the implementation of internship (both Practicum and Apprenticeship) through different mechanisms such as awareness creation workshops, research, incentives in the form of training, material, scholarship, etc;

3.Increase skill of graduate students through better exposure to actual work environment until they get employed;

4.Widen job opportunities for graduate students by providing online vacancy services and establishing mutual relationship with employers and agents;

5.Facilitate the employability of graduate students by assisting them in CV development, use of internet services in searching online jobs and sending application;

6.Establish and maintain the Vocational Counseling Service through opening ‘career center’ or ‘career clinics’ so that it will benefit students to develop their vocational career;

7.Encourage graduate students’ efforts in creating jobs and develop their career by themselves.