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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Towards a More Dynamic Skills Strategy

About 30 % of the skills needed only three years ago are already irrelevant today. The Covid pandemic has highlighted this lack of skills in many seeking employment today because their jobs were suddenly gone. Governments are scrambling to offer free online courses to many of these unemployed. Governor Cuomo has just announced the city … Read more

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The Astounding Benefits of Developing Credit and Non Credit Part Time Learning

Part Time, Continuing Education (CE), Night School, whatever you want to call it, this form of learning is not only the hope for upgrading the workforce, but in cost recovery, CE is an education and training institutions most important market tool. Naturally, its effectiveness as a revenue tool depends on how well you understand the market … Read more

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Basic Components of an HRD System in National TVET Operations

Human resources development (HRD) is at the core of all TVET operations. Training plans and course design for staff training make sense only in the context of long term staff development with training related to the specific accountabilities of different staff functions. Among its many functions, a Human Resources Department plans the use of the … Read more

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Demand for Higher level TVET Training?

There are millions of out of school youth who are unemployed or underemployed. This number increases per year. Efforts are being made to both reduce the school leaving rate and to develop a non-formal education program which can meet some of the needs of this group.  However, these efforts at re-entry have had little short … Read more

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Why Existing TVET Systems Are Failing

In many countries in South East Asia, the only growth figure equalling the demand for a skilled workforce is the unhappiness of employers with the graduates of existing TVET systems. The desperation of countries to change this equation is evidenced in a range of “reforms” to skills education that generally have one feature in common…a … Read more

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Public-Private Partnership: A More Effective Approach to Skills Development

As we look around,  there is a scramble by most governments in developing countries to put investments in skills development/TVET institutions having realized that the only way their country can attract new investments, expand existing industry and be competitive in the global market is by up-skilling their work force. These investments are tackling several areas … Read more

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9 Challenges to TVET in Developing Countries

Although many developing countries have committed resources to TVET and have made substantial progress, challenges still remain in most of the TVET systems. In cultures where resources reside mainly with the  heads of families, change takes time and TVET is not exempt from this. Centralization goes beyond family step be step through government.  Almost everyone … Read more

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TVET and Human Trafficking

Recently, I heard a story from one of the NGOs working in Cambodia about a trafficked Cambodian expelled  by the Thai police. Sadly, this man had lost his past, forgotten about his village as he had been taken from there when he was so young. He was transferred from one place to the next and possibly injured … Read more

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Street Based Learning

At the pinnacle of Education, we have the Harvards, the Oxfords, the UFTs and Laussane but in the real world, we have the streets. I’m not talking about life’s hard learned lessons, emergent pickpockets and fruit thieves. We’re talking about 75% of the skilled tradesmen of the world’s emerging economies. It’s always been this way. … Read more

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