The sustainability of interventions is assessed through post-implementation surveys and interviews at three levels: individual, organisational and system level. 

Interviews conducted at least six months after completion of the projects, revealed that stakeholders who were involved in interventions, reported lasting benefits, such as further use of developed capacity and tools which influences national practices.   

The sustainability of the interventions at organisational level is planned throughout each support activity through the development of post-implementation plans.  Some examples of sustained changes at the level of participating VET institutions include: 

  • In Vietnam, the quality cycle in the colleges that took part in the intervention changed, and staff retention as well as students’ enrolment rate increased. In addition, colleges further adjusted the tools developed under VET Toolbox support to the COVID-19 context and quality assurance of online teaching and learning. 
  • In Ghana, as a result of taking part in the intervention, VET institutions now involve private sector in the training process, instructors increased their performance in their role as career guidance officers, and a career day is organised yearly.

All VET Toolbox projects are ultimately directed towards impacting the system level by inspiring and/or supporting reform developments in the countries. Support actions that were requested by Ministries or VET authorities have impacted the implementation of related VET reforms, either through capacity building of actors and stakeholders or through the co-development and promotion of documents and tools that support the reform. Here, the impact at system level is high and the following examples can be highlighted:  

  • The SENA (National Training Service) in Colombia is still using the acquired knowledge, tools and the methodology to facilitate sectoral roundtables. They applied the same methodology to other sectors in addition to the 3 sectors piloted during VET Toolbox support.
  • In Vietnam, the self-assessment tools for quality assurance inspired by international best practices were piloted in 4 VET colleges and the experience was later shared with more colleges. The Vietnam Vocational Education & Training Accreditation Agency (VETA) welcomed these changes, as VET colleges are now more able to plan improvement in quality, and is in favour of extending the practice at national level. Read more.