HM King Mohammed VI chaired, on Thursday at the Tangiers' Marshane Palace, the certificate-awarding ceremony for graduates of vocational training, a new proof of the royal solicitude for this training system which has become a keystone in all development sectors.
On this occasion, director general of the Office of Vocational Training and Labor Promotion (OFPPT) Larbi Bencheikh gave a speech before HM the King, in which he surveyed the Office's 2013-2015 achievements, as well as the body's development plan by the year 2020.
Bencheikh said that the OFPPT, pursuant to the royal directives, has adopted an action plan based on four broad lines, namely improving the quality of training, developing and rationalizing the Office's resources, motivating and encouraging supervisors and elaborating a development plan for vocational training by 2020.
Underlining the expertize the Office gained since 2001, he noted that the OFPPT's development plan by 2020 is aimed at supporting the implementation of the strategic vision for the Moroccan School's Reform (2015-2030), in accordance with the recommendations of the Higher Council for education, Training and Scientific Research.
This plan seeks also to meet the economic operators and social partners' need for competences through the creation of 120 training institution (an average of 24 institutions yearly), training middle managers, fighting school dropout, and supporting small and medium enterprises to reinforce their competitiveness.
He went on saying that the plan provides also for training and assisting people holding projects to set up their own businesses, as well as supporting the different social and solidarity-based actions by the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity, the Mohammed VI Foundation for Inmates' Reintegration and the National Initiative for Human Development.
Bencheikh stressed that the Office takes special interest in south-south cooperation and puts its expertize at the disposal of brotherly African countries, in line with the policy of HM King Mohammed VI and with the aim of reinforcing the Kingdom's international influence.
In this regard, the OFPPT will strive to increase the number of pedagogical seats for African interns, in addition to the Office's participation, in partnership with the Mohammed VI Foundation for Sustainable Development, to build sectoral training centers in some African countries, he said.
He added that, for an optimal implementation of the said plan, a program contract will be adopted by the State and the Office, regional offices for vocational training will be created and partnership with associations affiliated to CGEM (employers' association) will be reinforced.
This ceremony was also marked by the screening of an institutional movie on efforts made by the OFPPT to support the implementation of sectoral development strategies (aeronautics, car industry, civil engineering, logistics, services, food-processing, agribusiness, textile).
HM the King handed, afterwards, certificates to the top 12 graduates of vocational training at the national level, to five graduates who got the best graduation projects, two graduates of the international competition organized by CISCO company in which took part 280 participants from the MENA region and Turkey, three graduates who got great results at the World Skills Competition held in Brazil in 2015, three top graduates in national competitions, three foreign graduates and two best graduates from penitentiary centers.
The ceremony was attended by the head of government, HM the King's advisors, government members, representatives of diplomatic missions accredited in Rabat, representatives of public partner establishments of OFPPT and vocational federations, Office's executives and other figures.
After this ceremony, HM the King offered a reception in honor of OFPPT's graduates and the attending personalities