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Quality GEMMs!

Thematic Area: ; VET quality assurance
Year/Date: 15/03/2016


“When it comes to reform, we really mean business!” says Muhammad Al-Alawneh from Jordan’s Vocational Training Corporation.

Mr Al-Alawneh made the comment while discussing the country's strategy to improve vocational education and training outcomes, including new legislation specifically on quality assurance in VET.

He joined participants from Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia in Turin to share recent developments, insights and experiences.

Mr Al-Alawneh noted the lack of awareness around the importance of the importance of quality assurance to make VET more relevant and attractive to learners, their families and employers.

“Many (vocational education and training) providers don’t think of quality assurance. They think they can do without it.”

The seminar is part of the European Union funded Governance for Employability in the Mediterranean (GEMM) initiative, which began in 2013. Nine pilot projects have been set up, with a focus on skills development, enhancing youth and women’s employability and improving quality assurance in VET.

Georges Kalouche, from Lebanon’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education, says the success of GEMM was being capitalised on. “This success can increase interest in action with other partners.”

Mouloud Boulaouinat, from Algeria’s Ministry of Education, reported that while there was no streamlined approach to quality assurance, the country “is moving in the direction of improvement, reform and action.”

“This includes direct involvement of social partners at a local and international level to ensure training correlates to the needs of the labour market.”

Maha Rashwan, from Egypt’s National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education, updated the group about national skills standards and new network of VET experts.

“Egypt has a young population, around 60 %, so quality assurance is an important issue for us.”

Tzlil Rachminov, from Israel’s Ministry of Economy, noted a number of recent developments in skills matching and the continuous professional development of VET staff. “We are still not where we want to be, but progress is being made.”

Toufik Cherradi, from the Moroccan Federation for Construction Industry, highlighted strengths in the private-public partnerships in developing professional education training. “We don’t just advertise, we (industry) are involved,” he said.

Hamdallah Jaber, from Palestine’s Ministry of Labour, listed the vocational sectors for excellence: building, agriculture, electronics, mechanics and textiles. “We are working to create a good economy and give youth an opportunity to go the job market.”

Representing Tunisia’s National Employer Association, Mustapha Baccouche said the country was working towards a global vision of employment training systems. “We want to put in place the best possible standards, in line with the European approach, and do so through a multi-stakeholder approach. “We are being as proactive as possible to stimulate private-public sector partnerships.”

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