Associate Professor Mohan Thite and Dr Sangita De from the Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources were awarded $348,206 by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for an Australia Awards Short Course, titled “Evaluating workforce learning and development initiatives (Bhutan)”.
Griffith University’s International Business Development Unit, and the Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources combined to deliver the Australia Awards South and West Asia Short Course program, Evaluating Workforce Learning and Development Initiatives: Bhutan (2018), which followed the successful Human Resource Development and Planning – Bhutan Short Course delivered by Griffith in 2016. This program addressed the unique challenges facing both the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources as well as Bhutan’s training institutes and emerging industry associations, as they transition from direct management and provision of training, to facilitation of the private sector to take on this role.
The program focussed on developing capabilities for the systematic monitoring and evaluation of industry based training interventions around this change. It involved training fifteen delegates from the government and private sector in Bhutan via three component stages of implementation. Five of the participants were from the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources. Five of the participants were from private sector training institutes and five participants were from Sector Associations. The methodology included utilising data collection methods and sampling techniques to analyse, interpret and disseminate findings to stakeholders on the outcomes of learning and development initiatives and their impact on business goals.
Component 1 – Pre‐reading, online presentations and orientation was conducted online in July 2017.
Component 2 – Formulation of Return to Work Plans, was conducted in Australia in September 2018.
Component 3 – Finalise Return to Work Plans, was conducted in Bhutan in February 2019.