The nation’s GDP has been growing an average of 5-6% in the past 10 years, with the new Government planning to boost spending on infrastructure, education, and health to bring growth up to 7%. Read More
Sri Lanka is a small country with a large, yearly population growth rate. As it stands, this little island is home to 20.48 million people – close to the population of Australia.
And for the youth of Sri Lanka, it’s tough. They’re unskilled and over a quarter (25.1%) of them are unemployed. It’s a huge challenge the country is working to tackle, and if Sri Lanka plans to sustain their annual 8% GDP growth goal, a highly skilled workforce is needed. Read More
India, and across the Asia-Pacific region, there’s a huge push for upskilling in one area of training. The Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) system in India needs to expand very rapidly, in order to cater for the 5-6 million youth entering the labour force every year.
Add to this a fast-growing economy and upskilling India’s 53% illiterate workforce has never been more critical. As it stands, less than 10% of the workforce has acquired vocational skills.
India’s current skill development has four major parts: Read More
The Maldives is a unique place where people are the most important resource – and this is starting to turn heads towards the small island nation.
Local initiatives are starting to form to combat the 11.60% unemployment rate and the high number of youth (26.50%) with no jobs.
The country has also recognised the demand for people with technical skills, with programs being launched as possible solutions.
In recent years, direct trade with China has contributed 5.5% to Australia’s GDP and figures have only increased.
November 2014 saw the landmark Australia China Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) launched – giving Australians the access new to the world’s second largest economy. This agreement is for all products imported via Business to Business (B2B).
The agreement puts Australians in a competitive position in key areas such as aged care, agriculture, education, manufacturing exports, services, investment, resources and energy. Alongside trade deals already signed with Korea and Japan, ChAFTA is the newest piece of a powerful alliance between Australia’s major trading partners in North Asia. Read More
A new Vocational Education and Training (VET) Student Loans program introduces caps from January 2017 with more stringent criteria to be a provider, and bans brokers. It will be very interesting to see how the caps, aligned with actual costs, will be determined and what evidence will underpin decision making.
This one program will not, “… return integrity to the vocational education sector.” Read More
A topic that is probably on your mind too, with a webinar for the Vivacity National Conference audience on the Future of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Australia and Overseas, a presentation on VET Reform/Transformation at EduTECH, and Engaging Employers in Skills Development for the 21st Century with the Australian Government and OECD, this blog post pulls together intelligence on VET into 2016-17.
The challenge for the Australian VET system is relevance and for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) it is sustainability but how so? Read More
There could be a number of reasons why VET experts might suggest that providers should be thinking globally and operating internationally.
I believe that if you have an aspiration to run a high quality Registered Training Organisation (RTO) then you should be aiming for ‘world-class’. This means being aware of trends, opportunities and capabilities across different countries, and partnering with Australian and overseas institutions to build community capacity and 21st Century skills. Read More
Brazil is investing in vocational education – a great example of a country focused on skill growth, not educational arrogance.
They’ve embraced vocational education as their growing oil and gas industries have required more skilled professionals, including welders, electricians, builders and IT specialists. The infrastructure projects boom, in preparation for the 2016 Olympics, has also led to a skills demand.
The Brazilian Government has boosted vocational education funding from $385 million to $3.8 billion. That’s huge growth and, what’s even more interesting, the Government now refers to vocational education as “professional” education, with schools now called technical institutes.
Institutes have tripled, over the last 8 years Read More
Russia’s Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system is facing the challenge of delivering a qualified labour force – one that meets the needs of the country’s rapidly developing economy.
Some major issues the country is coming up against include:
- An inconsistency between applied modern technologies and those taught on TVET courses
- A lack of teachers’ and trainers’ skills when it comes to innovations and developments in subjects taught
- Poor communication between TVET providers and labour-market players; and
- Insufficient involvement of the private sector and poor availability and organisation of skills upgrading courses.
Let’s have a look at how the education system is structured in Russia. Read More