Why Industry Hesitates to Partner with Government

Industry and government are not natural partners. The job of industry is to make money for shareholders. The function of government is to support civil society and, as a corollary, support the infrastructure industry requires so that the economy can grow and thrive. But industry by its nature is rarely generous and sharing. And so government … Read more

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Culture: A Challenge to TVET

In TVET today, there is the constant challenge that very little research has been done on the relationship between skills development and culture. How do we go about developing  systems that fit into the country’s culture, values, traditions and social interaction as well as its particular level of development?  Timing is everything. In the past, development … Read more

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Is the Knowledge Gap Getting Bigger?

Knowledge is now the hot stuff in today’s techno world. It is the commodity that matters, it is traded, it attracts capital and advantages someone who has it. Unhappily, it is also creating a disparity not yet experienced before. Countries and businesses run after ideas, innovations and new research as fast as they can and … Read more

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6 TVET Institutional Requirements to Develop Linkages with Industry

Building linkages between the TVET system and Industry varies greatly from country to country. ​Much of the failure in building these linkages in emerging economies has come from attempts to import a system from another country at a different stage of development or with different historic relationships between government and industry.  1. In some countries, … Read more

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Education and Industry Partnerships in TVET: 11 Effective steps

In some economies, Technical school managers and teachers are drawn from Industry and Business and have many continuing personal and professional links with the private sector. LinkedIn shows these networks. But advise to TVET systems in emerging economies that are built on these easy links in countries with a long history of education/industry linkages are … Read more

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3 Key Reasons Why TVET Needs to Strengthen Links with Industry

The Current State of TVET Relationship with Industry In most emerging economies, educators and Industry operate in different worlds and often have little contact with each other. Frequently, their social networks and association linkages have no overlap. Surveys often show a complete lack of understanding or respect for the interests and commitments of the other … Read more

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Understanding Technical and Vocational Education and Training

TVET has been talked to death. The determination of academics to square the circle seems almost unstoppable. TVET is aligned with academic education but it has quite a different series of objectives. Building a TVET System on Careers By continuing to use vocational as an identifier, the academic community guarantees that parents will reject what … Read more

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Are TVET Institutions Quietly Falling Off the Edge in Today’s Digital World?

Knowledge is the economy’s rocket fuel. The key skill is the knowledge of how to learn.  Individuals who can’t learn are soon redundant. Companies that don’t learn are vilified and sold short. But not everyone is actively playing in this competition. In fact, many TVET institutions are not yet waking up to the new reality. While … Read more

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Why Marketing is Important in TVET

The traditional educational community does not easily accept the marketing of an educational service or product. As Government servants and educators, the concept of marketing is foreign and the notion of education as a product is often offensive, conjuring images of carpet salesmen. On the other hand, the private sector has approached education as any … Read more

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