Independent Training Providers (ITPs) are an integral part of the Technical, Vocational and Educational Training (TVET) landscape. They play an increasingly important role in delivering government policy priorities in the development of TVET systems, however their role is often under-researched and their significance overlooked. Our new research, conducted in partnership with the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), puts the ITP sector in the spotlight.
This research aims to prompt national policy makers to consider whether they are making the best use of ITPs by highlighting their distinct characteristics that make them suitable and effective in delivering government skills objectives. It also aims to raise awareness among ITPs about the work undertaken by counterpart organisations in other countries and to encourage international collaboration.
The research outlines the distinctive characteristics of the ITPs in the UK which enable them to respond to government priorities and further on examines the role of the ITPs in six countries – Botswana, South Africa, Uganda, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. It makes 11 recommendations for policy makers and ITP sector leaders to help enhance the role and contribution of ITPs to national development priorities.