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GEMM: The benefits of multilevel governance for VET

Thematic Area: ; VET system assessment; VET Governance
Year/Date: 08/11/2016


The vocational education and training (VET) environment is complex and evolving, requiring dynamic and cooperative ways of working.

Good multilevel governance in VET means better inclusion, effective cooperation and coordination of regional and local actors, and developing stronger social partnerships to engage employers, unions and civil society in shaping and investing in skills development.

ETF expert José-Manuel Galvin Arribas explores the impact of the multilevel governance approach promoted through the Governance for Employability in the Mediterranean (GEMM) project.

Read the article in the European Journal of Education here

GEMM kicked off in 2013 as part of the European Union’s continued efforts to address high rates of youth and female unemployment across the region. The ETF designed the project with the aim to increase capability, multilevel governance and labour market connectivity.

Stakeholders worked together at the regional, national and local levels and pilot projects were set up in Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine* and Morocco. As part of the project the ETF implemented a methodology to map to analyse and assess good multilevel VET governance.

The research paper considers the impact of this approach in transition and developing countries, namely ETF partner countries in Southern Neighbourhood, a region where centralised approaches in public administration and to VET governance prevail.

*This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the Member States on this issue.

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