Category Archives: Youth

Thailand

Reformation of Thailand’s TVET system – apprenticeships, women and innovation

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All eyes are on Germany’s reformation of Thailand’s vocational education system – using TVET as a foundation to work up the ranks from apprentice to Managing Director.

As it stands, there are 426 colleges in Thailand, with the equivalent number of private colleges.  While there’s adequate facilities for locals, the country faces ongoing issues.

ThailandRecently, the Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC) invested in an extra 14,000 teachers to fill the ongoing shortage issue – but low salaries do little to retain quality staff and informal training.  And there’s a stigma attached to TVET, with Thai families encouraging a bachelor’s degree, instead of building vocational skills. Unfortunately, some students graduate with a standard degree and struggle to find work. Read More

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Untapped labour to support Kangaroo Island’s growth

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KIAround 4,500 people live on Kangaroo Island (KI) in South Australia.  Nearly half (40%) of the island live in one town, Kingscote.  KI’s greatest asset is its unspoiled nature, wildlife, natural produce – wines/gin, seafood, cheese, foods, and ‘true’ Australian experience.

Tourism generates 20% of the island’s employment, according to KI’s Tourism Employment Plan. Read More

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Pakistan launches TVET reform targeting youth

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For some time, Pakistan has had a TVET system that doesn’t match its requirements.  There’s no systematic approach to monitoring labour market demand.

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As a result, there’s a complexity of issues including economic demand, under utilisation of facilities, lack of autonomy, and informal sector training.  Millions of young Pakistanis enter the job market annually but lack relevant skills. Read More

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TVET to put Nepal on world stage

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Nepal is one of the ten fastest nations making development gains in terms of the Human Development Index in the past four decades. Yet, half of Nepal’s population living below the poverty line while their public spending on healthcare is a tiny US $3.10 per person.

Nepal’s current education system isn’t serving the people.  As a result, the nation is failing to move forward in helping employ locals.  What’s needed is a hands-on approach to VET training that actually meets industry opportunities.

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According to Annapurna Post’s analysis, “we have to internalise that skill is our base and utilise the natural and human resources and thus raise our national productivity.  This is the only way to achieve economic and social progress and reduce poverty.” Read More

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A small country with a big challenge to overcome – Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka is a small country with a large, yearly population growth rate.  As it stands, this little island is home to 20.48 million people – close to the population of Australia.

Stick fishermen of Sri Lanka.

Stick fishermen of Sri Lanka.

And for the youth of Sri Lanka, it’s tough.  They’re unskilled and over a quarter (25.1%) of them are unemployed.  It’s a huge challenge the country is working to tackle, and if Sri Lanka plans to sustain their annual 8% GDP growth goal, a highly skilled workforce is needed. Read More

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India’s drive to upskill over half of their youth

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India, and across the Asia-Pacific region, there’s a huge push for upskilling in one area of training.  The Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) system in India needs to expand very rapidly, in order to cater for the 5-6 million youth entering the labour force every year.

Add to this a fast-growing economy and upskilling India’s 53% illiterate workforce has never been more critical.  As it stands, less than 10% of the workforce has acquired vocational skills.

India’s current skill development has four major parts:india-youth Read More

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Youth programs & entrepreneurship – Maldives future

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The Maldives is a unique place where people are the most important resource – and this is starting to turn heads towards the small island nation.

Local initiatives are starting to form to combat the 11.60% unemployment rate and the high number of youth (26.50%) with no jobs.

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The country has also recognised the demand for people with technical skills, with programs being launched as possible solutions.

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Vocational education reform: Key to Vietnam’s 2020 vision

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CanThoFloatingMarketVietnam plans to transform into an industrialised country by 2020 with vocational education a core focus, as the demand for skilled workers increases.

With a growing rate (1.4 million) entering the labour market per year, skill development is crucial.  As it stands, only 27% of Vietnamese workers have job-relevant training… with only 15% having completed formal vocational training.

The Government has set a goal in place: to reform vocational education. 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

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