The need for the tertiary education sector to produce suitably qualified manpower in sufficient numbers to meet the human resource needs of the economy has never been more evident than in the last ten years.
The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) in its regulatory, advisory and recommending roles has to collaborate with other partners to maintain and uphold a quality tertiary education landscape to safeguard the productive economic growth of the country.
The partners of the TEC are:
Seychelles Qualifications Authority (SQA)
SQA works closely with tertiary institutions on matters of accreditation, programme validation and institutional monitoring and support. It collaborates with the Education Department, Secretariat for Professional Centres (SPC) and TEC in monitoring compliance with standards set by SQA, and offers advice on quality assurance issues. SQA supports the Human Resource Development Department (HRD) in promoting life-long learning. SQA receives help from industry and professional bodies in the validation of qualifications and the development of unit standards. the Human Resource Development Department (HRD) and TEC are represented on the SQA Board.
Secretariat for Professional Centres (SPC)
SPC’s brief extends to professional centres under the Education Department, delivering programmes principally at level 3 to 6 of the National Qualifications Framework.
SPC works closely with professional centers, primarily on matters relating to training and staff development, maintenance of quality standards, as well as various administrative, legal and technical matters. In discharging these responsibilities, SPC liaises actively with TEC, SQA, Department of HRD, Education Department and other relevant Ministries and agencies through formal structures such as boards and committees.
Agency for National Human Resource Development (ANHRD)
HRD department has a legally enforceable mandate to collect all the relevant information from employing organizations, both public and private, for purposes of human resource analysis and planning. It manages the Government of Seychelles Scholarship Scheme which caters for both pre-service and in-service candidates from the private and public sectors.
In fulfilment of its mandate, the HRD collaborates closely with the Employment Department, the Education Department, the Tertiary Education Commission, Seychelles Qualifications Authority, employers, training institutions and HR practitioners. HRD department has representation from TEC and SQA on its Board.
Department of Public Administration (DPA)
TEC and the Department of Administration are natural allies in many ways. As the custodian of the Tertiary Education Act, TEC has the responsibility to ensure, as an example that the structure and functions of the Tertiary education institutions are in line with the law. Changes in organizational structure which have to be approved at the end of the day by the DPA has to be endorsed by TEC first to ensure compliance. DPA has a role to identify training requirements of the public sector and in this context it needs to link up with TEC and the training institutions so that appropriate policy changes are made to ensure the constant supply of qualified manpower. DPA deals to a great extent with public human resource development whilst TEC sets the tertiary education policy agenda that will effect the necessary human resource changes to meet the public sector requirements.
Department of Employment (DOE)
TEC has a responsibility as a regulator and policy developer for the tertiary sector to ensure that we have a well-qualified workforce. It therefore needs to be au fait with employment trends so as to be able to advise government of what is required in terms of programmes, skills development and curriculum content. The relation of TEC and Employment is therefore a two way street whereby TEC is required to be in the know about employment trends whilst Employment need to be provided with information about policy changes in the tertiary education sector which will impact on labour supply. Employment also needs to engage with the policy changes so as to ensure that the views of the labour market is taken onboard. It is for this reason that the Employment department is represented on the Commission’s Board.
Seychelles National Youth Council (SNYC)
The Commission’s Board has a representative of the youth sector, which underscores the value that it places on engaging with the ideas and aspirations of the youth. TEC develops policy for the tertiary sector and this sector, as we all know, consists overwhelmingly of the youth. It is therefore vital that through SNYC as the major player in this field TEC is able to gauge what the youth requires and how they see their future panning out. Education forms a major plank in the lifespan of the youth and tertiary education, vocational and otherwise, lays the foundation for a successful life. Hence there needs to exist a partnership between TEC and the SNYC.