Dyson Opens Its Own Institute

“Inventor Sir James Dyson is to open his own institute to train engineers, who he says are badly needed if UK companies are to remain competitive.” Dyson is not the only one complaining. Many other industry leaders in different countries have said exactly the same thing. In the Philippines, business tycoon Gokongwei has long ago … Read more

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10 Management Tips for TVET Leaders

Stop looking in the rearview mirror. Leave the past to archaeologists and anthropologists. Lead Change. Drive change. Help people adapt to change.  ​Be the change you want them to become. Mahatma Gandhi Push yourself to try the unfamiliar. Do the things you are not quite prepared to do. Add value through innovation. Look at things with new … Read more

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TVET Teacher Training: The Model that Does Not Work

Industry expects TVET graduates to have both a theoretical knowledge of the technology they are studying and job skills to apply their learning in the workplace. As few teachers have any industrial, hands-on skills, most students can meet only half of the requirement when they graduate. To overcome this deficit, in-industry, on-the-job, work release, dual … Read more

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Are Your Students Ready for the Job Market?

We have fixed traditions in education. The needs of the next level up are set by the professors who teach that level. It really makes sense for a system focused on the cultural development of 19th century English gentlemen but it has almost nothing to do with getting kids ready for employment. As an example, … Read more

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A Basic Marketing Plan for a Small Public TVET Institution

Public sector institutions rarely have marketing plans. As they are essentially supply driven, they do not feel the need to respond to the market for their goods and services in the same way as private sector organizations.  ​However, as public (government) institutions are pressured to secure funding beyond government grants, their desire to understand their … Read more

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8 Ways of Attracting Students to TVET

Parents of school age children usually hate TVET, unless they are German, Swiss or Austrian. In those countries, high level skills have high level status but for the rest of the world they’re seen as a broken dream by parents who want lawyers, engineers, doctors and space pilots. ​So, how do you attract students and … Read more

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7 Powerful Ways to Change Employers’ Attitude towards TVET

International experience suggests that changing employer attitude is a long-term activity. Nevertheless, ensuring that the primary market has a positive feeling about Training institutions is absolutely essential if public TVET is to become a significant influence in industry development.  Marketing in TVET is built on the premise that institutions will identify the clients they wish … Read more

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How to Start Cost Recovery in TVET Institutions

Underfunded academic education often suffers diminished standards. Underfunded technical and vocational education usually doesn’t work at all! Waiting for Government to find all the resources needed has little point or hope.  Cost recovery in TVET is not an optional activity. Rather it is a precondition for survival as an effective part of economic growth. Basically most … Read more

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