Category Archives: Vocational Education and Training

Mexico’s record low jobless rate a result of investing in education

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Mexico is experiencing its lowest unemployment since 2008, according to recent statistics.  More Mexicans are entering the workforce everyday – which is positively linked to investment in education.

And the country’s strong  sector has held it up through economy difficulties.1024px-Mexican_construction_workers

Investing in their workers

In 2014, a U.S. News & World Report shows the Mexican workforce is increasingly educated. Read More

Fast growing Chile seeking skilled workers

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While one of the fastest-growing economies in South America, Chile is in need of skilled workers – particularly in mining and construction.  However, due to the country’s low unemployment, local employers are recruiting and training workers.

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In an attempt to address the skills gap, the Government has launched the More Opportunities and Better Jobs program, which aims to make Chile’s economy stronger by 2020.  Over 50 initiatives, including lowering taxes and attracting investment, will drive this mission. Read More

TVET to help overcome Canada’s skills shortage problem

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A recent survey in Canada details employers’ struggle to find candidates with the skills they need – with 68% finding it hard to find the right staff.  On-the-job experience, interpersonal skills, problem solving and technical abilities are lacking.Canada

Skills shortages, an ageing population and an evolving business environment are making it different to recruit and retain employees but Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) can help to address these problems. Read More

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

WorkReady: 8 areas the new Minister can quickly make a positive impact

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With Gail Gago stepping down from her role as Minister, and a Cabinet reshuffle about to be announced, this blog will identify 8 areas that the next Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills can quickly make a positive impact on WorkReady.

The Funded Training List (FTL) is the foundation that WorkReady is built upon and my hope is that we have a more robust system.  You wouldn’t build a new building on an old, broken foundation – I believe the FTL is broken and a stronger evidence based foundation would support a fresh skills strategy for the future.

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In terms of a quick stock take the last announcement from Minister Gail Gago was for $8 million WorkReady projects,

Up to 1,500 people are expected to get jobs supported by 2,600 new training places – as a result of an additional $7.9 million over the next two financial years.

$285 million is already committed for training in 2015-16 for private training organisations with Minister Gago stating,

“We are also committing $6.4 million over two years to support 2,250 new training places and other support services at private providers, offered through Jobs First STL Projects and Jobs First Employment Projects.

Focus areas include aged care, disability, early childhood care and construction, but training in other areas will be supported where there is a direct link to a job.

A subsequent call for Jobs First Employment Projects will occur early next year.”

The new Minister has the opportunity to rethink the priorities for WorkReady and move away from a list based approach to an evidence based approach. 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

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

VET FEE-HELP scrapped, entitlements dumped & VET workforce tested

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For some 2015 was an Annus horribilis in VET, for others they just got on with it, and if you are a VET leader then you most likely redirected your energy, strategy and thinking.

This blog post outlines possible futures for VET in Australia covering changes, what may be dumped or scrapped, with 2016 a year of reckoning and regeneration.

Firstly let’s talk about two “R’s” – regulation and responsibility. 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