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TVET/VET and Entrepreneurship

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Inspired by TVET/VET Leaders from across the world in Bonn, Germany this week, for the UNESCO UNEVOC Programme, this blog is written for you and colleagues working to improve TVET systems in your country.

Most people agree that Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET/VET) solves a number of problems but there are a number of problems with TVET/VET.  These include:

  1. Lack of flexibility and responsiveness in training
  2. Disadvantaged groups not supported
  3. Mismatch of training and skills required for jobs
  4. Specific skills gaps
  5. Unemployed or underemployed youth

Evidence of monitoring and evaluation is important and now there are many examples of people (students, employers, industry sectors) not choosing TVET or where there are a number of TVET trained graduates, the job opportunities are slim.

TVET’s biggest problem is relevance, getting skills and competencies into the curriculum to keep pace with employers, entrepreneurs and industry needs and this is aside from the requirements of future job roles. Read More

National Skills Week and VET in 2020

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Starting 28 August 2017, Australia’s National Skills Week 2017, “will communicate the emerging trends and new growth drivers connecting skills training with job outcomes.”

It is fair to say there has been a general trend of decline in Vocational Education Training (VET) enrolments, especially Australian Apprenticeships, and the main problem is out of date Training Packages, running the risk of becoming more irrelevant and even redundant.   This is because they can be boring, old fashioned, too long, with students working on ‘fake’ case studies (aka Acme Pty Ltd), lacking hands on experiences and input into implementation by industry.

For National Skills Week in 2020, imagine if Australian VET products and systems, delivery and assessment strategies, experiences that are considered second to none were on display, attracting interest from all around the world. Read More

Taiwan’s reforms to education positioning the island nation on the world stage

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The Taiwan education system produces students with some of the highest test scores in the world, with a near-perfect literacy rate of 98.70%.  Recent reforms now mandate a 12-year schooling period for the Taiwanese.

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However, there’s concerns about emphasis being placed on memorisation and examination, instead of creativity.  This leads to graduates who test well but lack critical thinking required in the ‘real world.’ Read More

‘Elephant’ in the room for Australia’s VET sector

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Whilst Australia’s VET sector has been plagued with poor behaviour and outcomes for students over VET FEE-HELP there was an elephant in the room at the recent COAG Industry and Skills Council meeting.

With discussion on the recent budget announcement about the Skilling Australians Fund aiming to prioritise apprenticeships and traineeships in high demand there are two key questions to ask:

  1. what evidence do we have of demand? and;
  2. the fund, “…will be financed by the Government’s reforms that require employers who nominate foreign workers under the new Temporary Skill Shortage visa and certain permanent visas to pay a Skilling Australians Fund contribution from March 2018.”

That seems like a very precarious link!Apprenticeship

Council highlighted that, “Importantly project proposals will need to demonstrate engagement with, and support from, employers and industry.”

Which relates to the ‘elephant’ … Read More

The world looks to Germany’s successful dual apprenticeship model

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German ApprenticesGermany is a world leader in TVET reform and progress.  It’s always been an important part of the education system in Germany.  In 2014 alone, over half a million students went through Germany’s dual model TVET system, which pairs firm-based training with a school component.  But, it’s the country’s broader qualification structure that sets it apart. Read More

TVET: the answer to employing Myanmar’s 1 million youth

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Rapid economic development is on Myanmar’s horizon.  Experts have predicted an 8.4% annual GDP growth for the nation this year – a ground-breaking growth rate, up from 5.9% in 2011.  Technology trends and large amount of relatively-free moving capital are to thank for Myanmar’s recent (and continual) growth.

Myanmar women

But, as it stands, the country’s workforce simply doesn’t match the increasing economic demand.

Until 1996, all of Myanmar’s vocational schools were organised under one umbrella. This created a large gap in education and training available for mid-level technicians. Read More

Education inclusion ticket to Ecuador’s development

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Education, vocational training, and life skills are what Ecuador needs to thrive, according to the World Economic Forum.  All Ecuadorians must have 21st century skills to succeed in their fast-evolving global digital economy.

Ecuador group

Literacy and numeracy skills, as well as collaboration, creativity, and problem solving skills could help take the country to new horizons.  As it stands, for people in Ecuador there is a gap in the education they need. Many countries in Latin America rely on volunteers to teach English, yet this isn’t sustainable. Read More

Reformation of Thailand’s TVET system – apprenticeships, women and innovation

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All eyes are on Germany’s reformation of Thailand’s vocational education system – using TVET as a foundation to work up the ranks from apprentice to Managing Director.

As it stands, there are 426 colleges in Thailand, with the equivalent number of private colleges.  While there’s adequate facilities for locals, the country faces ongoing issues.

ThailandRecently, the Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC) invested in an extra 14,000 teachers to fill the ongoing shortage issue – but low salaries do little to retain quality staff and informal training.  And there’s a stigma attached to TVET, with Thai families encouraging a bachelor’s degree, instead of building vocational skills. Unfortunately, some students graduate with a standard degree and struggle to find work. Read More

Workforce Training Innovation Fund – clever plus demand based for enterprises, industry sectors and regions

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Part of the bigger picture called Skills First, the Workforce Training Innovation Fund (WTIF) is a clever example of the Victorian government seeking industry demand based proposals.

Merging economic and workforce development, the WTIF addresses business challenges, ensuring skills match to improve productivity.

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With a new level of open mindedness, there is flexibility in the approach, evidence collection, independent analysis and engagement to create realistic and pragmatic partnerships. Read More