VET Toolbox International Seminar 2021
British Council VET Toolbox International Seminar 2021

Registration for this event has now closed. You can still join the conference conversation via #RelevantSkillsForAll.

VET Toolbox is a partnership of leading European development agencies, including British Council (UK), Enabel (Belgium), Expertise France (France), GIZ (Germany), LuxDev (Luxembourg) and AFD (France). The project is co-funded by the European Union and by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The consortium is led by Enabel.

In fast-changing economies, developing a dynamic workforce can be the difference between success and failure. Getting the right number of people with the right skills and competencies into the right jobs at the right time requires trust and collaboration from all key actors.  

VET Toolbox International Seminar 2021: How can TVET work effectively with the private sector in fast-changing economies?

The VET Toolbox International Seminar took place last week from 23-25 November. The interactive online seminar, which was implemented by the British Council, included contributions from international TVET experts, policy-makers and lead educators, employers, apprenticeship NGOs and training agencies, as well as over 300 delegates.  

Amongst the speakers were Daniel Susskind, Fellow in Economics at University of Oxford, visiting Professor at King’s College London, author and co-author of the best-selling book, The Future of the Professions, who spoke about ‘Training the future workforce for automation and technological change. The seminar also welcomed key actors in creating an enabling environment for private sector engagement in TVET, such as Dr Anthony Mann, Senior Policy Analyst at the OECD, the Honorable Vice President of Malwai, Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima and Hendrina Chalwe Doroba from the African Development Bank.

If you missed the seminar, you will be able to access the recordings soon – please watch this space. You can also join in on the conversation via#RelevantSkillsForAll.

Overview

With millions of young people entering the workforce every year, fast-changing economies are poised to benefit from a demographic dividend which could lead to great gains in poverty reduction, employment generation and economic growth. One of the biggest challenges for such countries is finding a sustainable model of unlocking the latent potential of its young people. In this context, the importance of skills development as a driver of socio-economic development is paramount. 

This  VET Toolbox, seminar provides a forum for policy-makers, experts practitioners and employers from the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector to explore and discuss their common challenges in developing the skills that will drive prosperity.

VET Toolbox is a partnership of leading European development agencies, including Enabel (Belgium), GIZ (Germany), LuxDev (Luxembourg), Expertise France (France), AFD (France) and the British Council. The project is co-funded by the European Commission and by the German Government.

Who was it for?

  • TVET experts, policy-makers and lead educators 
  • Employers and futurists with and interest in TVET and Apprenticeship NGOs and training agencies. 

What was it about?

This was a free modular event where participants could hand pick sessions to attend.  This seminar explored the principles and practice of private sector engagement in TVET in detail and reflected on how this can be best shaped to different contexts. There were opportunities for quizzing experts and for participants to contribute through interactive polling and networking. 

Seminar topics included ‘how to’: 

  • create an enabling environment for private sector engagement in TVET  
  • enhance skills through different approaches including Public Private Partnerships and Sector Skills Councils  
  • support the creation of new jobs and industries within the informal economy and Small to Medium-Scale Enterprises.

Where was it being held?

All sessions were held online via  the ‘Hopin’ platform.

When was it?

The conference ran from 23-25 November 2021

  • Tuesday 23 November: 0900-1400 GMT
  • Wednesday 24 November: 0900-1400 GMT
  • Thursday 25 November: 0900-1400 GMT

If you missed the seminar, you will be able to access the recordings soon – please watch this space.

You can still join the conference conversation via #RelevantSkillsForAll.

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