Quality Toolbox for Better TVET Delivery
“Quality”, in the words of American industrialist Henry Ford, “means doing it right when no one is watching”. TVET systems differ widely across the ten ASEAN member states. Yet all over the region, practitioners in TVET institutions – teachers and managers – are confronted with increasing quality requirements: The teaching and learning process and its outcomes are expected to reflect labour market demand and to keep track with rapid economic, social and technological change. Quality development is expected to make TVET institutions more attractive and improve the image of TVET among youth and parents. And last not least systems of quality assurance are expected to document compliance with pre-defined quality standards – to strengthen the trust in TVET qualifications and make them comparable, also at the regional level.
While the expectations are high, the main agents of quality development – TVET teachers and the managers of TVET institutions – often find themselves in a situation where “no one is watching” and no one offers guidance or hands-on advice. Under these circumstances, it was the task of a regional community of quality and TVET practitioners from ASEAN member states, in cooperation with leading experts and trainers from Germany and Malaysia, to offer TVET teachers and managers an adequate understanding of the basic concepts of quality development and quality assurance as well as to provide a set of tried and tested tools for successful quality development.
After more than one year of intense cooperation RECOTVET, the German government’s Regional cooperation programme for TVET in the ASEAN region (RECOTVET), is proud to present the “Quality Toolbox for better TVET delivery”. Together with the complementary in-service training module “Quality Assurance and Quality Development in TVET institutions”, the Toolbox is now available both as a resource for joint training at the regional level as well as for translation and adaptation to the national level. In its pragmatic approach, the toolbox reflects the ambition of its authors and stakeholder to empower TVET personnel to take a more active role as agents of quality development and change.
It is our hope that the Toolbox becomes an indispensable reference for anyone concerned with the promotion of a quality culture in TVET in the ASEAN region.
RECOTVET Programme Director