Cooperative Training in the Ethiopian TVET Institutions: Adequacy, Usefulness and Challenges
Keywords:Cooperative Training, TVET Institutions, Trainee, Industry, Adequacy, Usefulness, Challenges
This study set out to assess the adequacy, usefulness and challenges of cooperative training activities run by public TVET institutions in collaboration with local industries and/or enterprises. A descriptive survey design was employed to collect quantitative data from randomly selected trainees and purposively selected trainers (N=238), using a 38-item Likert Scale type questionnaire. Five TVET institutions were involved from two regional states and one city administration in Ethiopia. Percentage, mean score and t-test were used to analyze quantitative data. Results indicated that the cooperative training was adequate for the needs of trainees, and equally useful to the three stakeholders of the program. The study concluded that despite the adequacy and usefulness of the cooperative training program activities, some challenges of varying levels and types were identified as influencing the smooth operation of the program activities. Possible recommendations were forwarded for future practice and further research.