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Partnering with Industry: Employer and Institute Linkages

Engaging employers in skills development assures the relevance and quality of the TVET system. Photo credit: MR Hasan/ADB.
Engaging employers in skills development assures the relevance and quality of the TVET system. Photo credit: MR Hasan/ADB.

Involving employers in all levels of skills development, from planning to provision, is fundamental to increasing the industry relevance of TVET.

Introduction

Too often, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) across Asia is perceived as outdated and graduates are not seen as "job ready."  This is remedied when employers play an active role in partnering with TVET institutes. Providing advice on priority occupations and inputs into training materials improve the relevance of skills developed and create a better mechanism for tackling skills shortages and skills mismatch. Furthermore, when employers offer internships to students and are involved in assessments, the connection between the worlds of education and work is greatly enhanced.


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  • Karina Veal   
    Senior Education Specialist, Asian Development Bank

    Karina Veal provides strategic and technical advice across ADB's growing education sector operations to assist developing countries meet their education priorities. She focuses on innovative solutions to emerging issues such as 'blended' learning, effective industry engagement, and public-private sharing of educational facilities. Before joining ADB in 2012, she operated an independent consultancy practice in education for development, working with UN and bilateral agencies. Prior to that, she held a variety of public policy leadership and advisory roles.

   Australia, Philippines, Education, Industry and trade
   Last updated: October 2016

 




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