Category Archives: TVET International

Transformation of Higher Education and TVET in Japan

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Japan is facing economic stagnation, in the wake of low Chinese demand, and labour shortages.

With a planned consumption tax increase in 2017, growth is likely to be only ½ of a percent.  This is a major concern, with the gross public debt rising to 230% of GDP.

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With hopes of a primary surplus by 2020, the Japanese Government needs to implement targeted structural reforms to turn their economy around.  The country’s aging population, shrinking workforce and public aversion to immigration is hitting a near-crisis point. Read More

Inspiring Skills Excellence in Wales

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Wales has the highest inactivity rate in the UK – with just 68.5% of the population part of the workforce, and figures released just this month show no signs of improvement.

The number of people out of work rose by 4,000, totalling 1,367,000, taking the Welsh unemployment rate to 7%, compared to 5.8% for the UK as a whole.

WalesYouth unemployment a real concern

Alarmingly, youth unemployment continues to grow faster in Wales than across the UK.

Welsh Economy Minister, Eluned Pattot, urged the Government to redouble its efforts to reduce unemployment in Wales.

“We need to address the fundamental problems in our economy.  We need to find out why the unemployment rate is falling significantly faster just over the border in the West Midlands, for example.”

Job creation schemes need to be more targeted and ambitious, especially for the long term unemployed. Read More

Ireland: Dedication to Education means a bright future

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With just under half of the population (49.19%) under 35, Ireland’s youth can lead the way in a capable, highly adaptable and mobile workforce.  The country’s economy grew at more than 5% in 2014 – making it the fastest in Europe.  And it’s not showing any signs of slowing.Northern Ireland

Ireland’s overall population is expected to increase by 1.4% by 2021… and with unemployment heading downhill – from 14.7% in 2012, to 10.1% in 2016, the Government’s dedication to education is helping improve these figures. Read More

Further Education and TVET in the UK

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There’s a large international market for Further Education and skills development.  The UK is a fine example of a country developing their economy with programmes or comprehensive systems of further education and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

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TVET is delivered in a variety of ways, through apprenticeship programmes or full or part time study, through a Further Education college or training partner. Read More

Scotland – developing a national approach to get youth job ready

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Everyone Matters, Scotland’s 2020 workforce vision is a sound example of a country showing commitment to their youth.  Connecting NHS Boards, the Scottish Government and businesses, the action plan is a result of a countrywide conversation among 10,000 people.

Tourism in ScotlandWith Scotland’s unemployment numbers on the rise (5.9%), increasing by 1,000 to 163,000 between February and April this year, programs are extremely important to focus on the employability of young people. Read More

Investing in Indonesia’s youth and female entrepreneurs to fix training mismatch

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With over 250 million people, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous nation.  And the youth population makes up around half of the total population – below the age of 30.  This equates to a 21.6% youth unemployment rate – an alarming statistic.Indonesia pic

With key industries including agriculture, mining, manufacturing, construction, transport, community services and restaurants and hotels, Indonesia could benefit from investing in upskiling it’s youth in these trades as well as encouraging more women into entrepreneurship. Read More

Engaging youth in TVET and improving gender equality in Mongolia

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Mongolia has been on an economic rollercoaster – from 20% growth, to falling to 5% in 2011 alone.  In 2014, nominal public debt to GDP rose to 77.4%, from 31% just three year’s prior.  The country’s small economy, less than a third the size of North Korea has certainly seen its ups and downs, with a significant impact on employment and training.Indonesia and Mongolia delegation

An economy dependent on resources

Mongolia has faced several challenges on the economic front.  In the first half of 2015, the country’s economic growth has fallen to just 3% – mirroring the slowing economy of its main customer, China.  If this figure persists for the rest of the year, it will make it Mongolia’s slowest pace of expansion for six years, according to Reuters Africa.

Coal and copper prices, their two main commodities, have fallen 20-30% over the last year, with a drop in demand has also hitting the country hard.  Mongolia also has to contend with falling foreign investment because of China’s waning demand for commodities and caution from investors because of government disputes with miners.  But mining could also be the key to recovery. Read More

TVET is on the rise in line with New Zealand’s Business Growth Agenda

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In New Zealand, over 80% of 15-19 year olds are enrolled in tertiary education.  With tertiary education being widely available, nearly four in five New Zealanders have formal qualifications.  And it’s due, in no small way, to their commitment to training.

IMG_3919Vocational education on the rise

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) courses provide practical skills needed for the workplace.  These courses are more ‘hands-on’ than higher education programmes like Bachelor degrees, with many courses allowing overseas students to gain practical experience in a range of occupational fields.

Job-oriented education has increased considerably in New Zealand – and is still on the rise.  Today, international students planning to settle, take up courses on beauty, nursing, dental, journalism, designing, artwork and similar job-oriented programs to gain an income, right after completing their studies in the country. Read More

Educating and training Africa’s large youth population through TVET – the master key

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Recent statistics reveal 40% of Africans are under the age of 15, compared to the world average of 25%… which lays down the challenge to ensure the continent’s youth population get the skills required to bring about economic advantage and employment.

According to a recent article, a balance is needed between higher education and vocational training in Africa to face the task of upskilling an enormous youth population.youth-of-south-africa-happy-faces-725x475

Governments and international institutions are paying increasing attention to Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET).  It is one of eight priority areas in the African Union’s Second Decade of Education (2006-2015).

The demand is enormous, with three out of five unemployed in sub-Saharan Africa being young people, surviving mostly in the informal economy. Read More

Tackling skills shortages in Fiji through TVET

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Fiji is one of the most developed of the Pacific island economies – with its $1.64 billion GDP, generated by a workforce of just 335,000.  In 2012, Fiji’s economy rose by 2.5%, followed by a 2.7% growth in 2013, with agriculture, manufacturing and financial intermediation sectors the key forces behind this growth.

Sugar, textile exports, timber and still mineral water were traditional drivers of the Fiji economy up until recently, with the tourism industry now leading the way.  The country’s gross earnings from tourism in 2011 totalled $1.051 billion, more than the combined revenues of the country’s top five exports – fish, water, garments, timber and gold.Suva

Tourism and the Fiji economy

According to the Economic Impact, travel and tourism contributed to 13.8% of the total GDP and is forecast to rise by 5.1% pa during 2014-2024, to 18.7% of total GDP in 2024.

In 2013 Fiji’s tourism industry supported 43,000 jobs – 12.4% of total employment.  This figure is also expected to rise by 3.3% pa to 63,000 jobs (17.1% of total employment) by 2024.

Some big numbers…

But it’s not all surf, sunshine and sand.  Fiji is suffering a skills shortage. Read More