The Impact of a Massive Shift in TVET Demand

The last 10 years has had a massive impact on the demand for the skills and numbers of TVET graduates in developed economies. The final triumph of computerization in every facet of economic life and those without basic computer management capabilities are squeezed further and further into two very narrow employment corrals. At the bottom, … Read more

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TVET and the Growing Global Mobility of Labour

Has TVET a role in this growing labour migration across international borders? What can a Government, especially the agency responsible for TVET, do to facilitate this global mobility of the workforce? Global mobility is not just a trend. It is here to stay. Even in the most remote of parts of a country, labour moves … Read more

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Freedom to Act in TVET Organizations

Why is Freedom to Act Necessary in TVET Organisations? When implementors share in the decision-making, most likely, the decisions have stronger buy-in. When members of an organization buy into the policies, this is already half of the battle won.  It is important, in fact, of great strategic value to have the implementers share in the … Read more

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Hands-On Approach to TVET Teaching

TVET graduates must be able to perform hands on actions. Knowing about things is interesting. Knowing how to do things is the only way to get an entry level job. TVET systems based on engineers talking about technology is as useless as a piano school with no pianos. In many countries, engineers have practical hands-on … Read more

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Change in TVET is Not just Coming, It’s Here

What if we massively expanded manufacturing in western European nations and no new jobs resulted? What if we repatriated industries from less developed countries and employment shrank there with no expansion of employment in the tradition-manufacturing counties? The way we manufacture is changing in lightning speed and an assumption that more industry will create more … Read more

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Employability Skills for TVET Graduates

Business and industry representatives in both developed and developing countries have expressed considerable dissatisfaction with the general level of preparedness of prospective entry-level employees. Employers usually find that they have: (i) unclear direction and goals with very little understanding of their career path; (ii) low self confidence and poor motivation; (iii) low level of academic … Read more

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Skills Bridging in TVET: The Cambodia Experience

What do you do in a small country which after thirty years of war and massive rural poverty, has well over a million out of school youth with no skills and no real hope of a future career? Cambodia faced this challenge and fortunately, the ADB managed Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) was prepared … Read more

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Levy System in TVET funding

While there is a range of alternative funding mechanisms for TVET, the most common is a levy-grant model.  The OECD, in preparation for the Southeast Asia Regional Policy Network on Education and Skills in Cebu, Philippines on the 11-12 October 2016, reviewed the history of funding mechanisms in technical and vocational education and concluded that: … Read more

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Why TVET Institutions Must Catch Up Quickly on Digital Learning

The appetite for online learning has increased exponentially, especially with the recent pandemic. It looks as if many private learning businesses offer the fastest responses, and public institutions lag and do catch up job slowly.  Why the resistance, and what can institutions do about it? While many technical colleges in developed economies engage themselves in … Read more

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