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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

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.

Japan students

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).


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

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

By | Funding, Reform, Training Pacakges, Vocational Education and Training | 6 Comments

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

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