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GEMMs shine in Mediterranean

Thematic Area: ; VET Governance
Year/Date: 04/11/2015


Partnership, partnership, partnership, is how the ETF’s Abdelaziz Jaouani summed up the recent GEMM experience in Casablanca.

Policy makers, business leaders and social partners, from Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries, met with ETF experts in Morocco's largest city for the four-day event.

The focus?

The European Union funded Governance for Employability in the Mediterranean (GEMM) initiative, which is helping to link vocational education governance with labour market systems and graduate employment outcomes.

Nine pilot projects set up by participating countries were on show. The projects' focus on promoting innovative approaches to local partnerships for employability.

The project marketplace was just one aspect of the event, which included dynamic discussions and site visits to regional employer-led training centres, key to Morocco’s national VET strategy.

Coordinated by the ETF and the Moroccan Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, visits were made to the Automotive Industries Training Institute, the Aeronautics Industry Training Institute and the Katoubia Meat Industry Training Centre.

Demand for places is high. Half the training takes place in the workplace and almost 100 per cent of graduates get jobs at the end of their training.

“This is the face of the future for VET in Morocco,” said M’Barek Khaldouni of the Moroccan Ministry of Education and Vocational Training.

Morocco's public sector model of VET was also on show during a visit to a training centre run by the Office of Training and Employment Promtion for the aeronautics sector.

Key conclusions of the GEMM event were:

Governance: the need for a shared vision and a common language; for better coordination of education and training systems; for distributed leadership, to align financing with agreed strategies; and for a clear definition of responsibilities also at branch and regional level.

Labour market information systems: the need for systemic and systematic approaches, to overcome fragmentation, to focus on impact, not just outcomes; to ensure open access to data, including local data to get it right; and for regular surveys to identify trends.

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