1. Regional TVET Conference - Vietnam 2012
TVET Quality Breakthrough
About the Event
New challenges and demands including the establishment of a joint regional labour market, confront the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Thus, a competent and qualified workforce is needed to continue the economic and social development in ASEAN Member States. In this context, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) plays an important role and sits high on the political agenda. Viet Nam, like other countries in the region, is reforming its TVET system to meet the demands of the labour market and society in the national and regional context. Hence, the one of the main national strategic goals is to achieve a TVET quality breakthrough in the context of ASEAN integration.
From the 10th to the 11th of October 2012, the 1st Regional Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Conference took place in Hanoi, Viet Nam. The conference comprised high-ranking decision makers from Viet Nam and the ASEAN region, regional and international organizations, international donors, as well as enterprises and researchers.
This regional conference was jointly organized by the Vietnamese Ministry of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). This event marked the anniversary of Vietnamese-German strategic partnership and reflected the importance of TVET in German Development Cooperation across the region.
The main objectives of the conference were to:
- Share and learn from good practice experiences;
- Stimulate enhanced regional TVET networking; and
- Formulate recommendations for raising the quality and demand orientation of TVET.
Session Rationale & Methodology:
The conference involved plenary sessions and parallel working groups to discuss the core topic of:
- Occupational Standards – developing and setting outcome-based TVET standards in the context of ASEAN integration
Further topics of discussion were:
- Cooperation with the Business Sector - improving practice- and demand-orientation of TVET
- Teachers for TVET - building competencies of TVET teachers and trainers to full their key role in providing high-quality demand oriented TVET
- Financing of TVET - ensuring the sustainability of TVET Financing
In line with the key conference objectives, the main outcomes were as follows:
- A broad sharing of experience and learning from good practice in Vietnam, other countries in the region and internationally, thus generating additional and deeper insights into the core conference topics from different perspectives;
- The stimulation of enhanced regional TVET networking and a continuous dialogue regarding TVET reform processes focusing on improving demand orientation and quality; and
- Recommendations for raising the quality and demand orientation of TVET in Vietnam and other ASEAN countries to secure a TVET Qual- ity Breakthrough in the context of ASEAN integration.
Results & Next Steps
As a result of the Regional TVET Conference in Viet Nam and for the next steps of TVET reform in Viet Nam and across the region, the Conference
- The Viet Nam Socio-Economic Development Strategy 2011-2020 and the Viet Nam Vocational Training Development Strategy 2011-2020;
- The BMZ Education Strategy 2010-2013 “Ten Objectives for More Edu- cation”
- The Viet Nam-Germany Strategic Partnership Agreement 2011; and
- The ASEAN Leaders‘ Statement on Human Resources and Skills Devel- opment for Economic Recovery and Sustainable Growth 2010.
- The key role of demand-oriented high quality TVET for national socio- economic development and ASEAN regional integration in particular with respect to the establishment of the ASEAN free labour market starting in 2015;
- The great potential and significance of regional networking and cooperation for achieving greater demand-orientation and higher quality of TVET in the ASEAN region in the context of ASEAN Integration; and
- Germany as an established strategic partner in reforming TVET towards high-quality and demand orientation for Viet Nam and across the ASEAN region and, in this context, German support for TVET development through bilateral and regional programmes and projects.