Tertiary institutions are under increasing pressure both from employers to deliver graduates with the skills they want and from learners to ensure that their qualifications have currency in the labour market.  So, how can we adapt education to meet the needs of learners and industry? What roles do work based learning and more theoretical learning play in preparing young people for jobs of the future? Is there a danger that work-based learning could narrow pathways while theoretical learning could leave learners unprepared for work? In this session we ask: 

  • How important is context to learning and can we teach for diverse pathways?
  • What models of pedagogy are most effective in meeting learner and employer needs?
  • How do we enable a collaborative approach that provides enough flexibility for a changing labour market?

Three examples are presented as a basis for discussion. These look at:

  • Developing core skills in informal settings using formal education structures;
  • Empowering graduates' practical skills with application-oriented educational models;
  • Developing Global partnership in TVET