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Regional focus, global trends: VET in Central Asia

Thematic Area: ; VET system assessment; Skills and migration; Learning and teaching in VET; VET quality assurance; VET Governance
Year/Date: 16/10/2015

VET Academy Central Asia

What does vocational education and training look like in the 21st century? What are the challenges? What are the opportunities? What should it aspire to be? These were some of the questions posed at the Central Asia VET Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Policy makers, vocational school directors, teachers and trainers, experts, employers, EU colleagues and other partners joined the two-day event.

Delegations travelled from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and beyond, to take part. It was opportunity for European Training Foundation’s Central Asia partner countries to share updates, priorities and progress reports on VET.

Shifting jobs markets, skills demand, quality assurance, career guidance and work-based learning, were among the topics.

A central theme was the future of VET, with issues such as the impact of Web 2.0 and mobile technologies raised.

Presenting on the topic, ETF expert Shawn Mendes, highlighted the link between skills, migration and the ageing population.

Central Asia has a very young population. These young workers could help address the ageing population and related skills shortfall, he said.

“As populations age and economies advance, the need for highly skilled workers grows. VET is part of the overall strategy for economic and social development.”

School Development Initiative for Lifelong Learning

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan showcased their Communities of Practice, networks of VET schools, employers and other social partners.

The 15 communities have been developing social partnerships, strategic planning, on-the-job training, vocational pedagogy and continuous professional development of VET teachers and trainers.

The top success stories were awarded in a special Academy Awards Gala Dinner. The winners will feature in an upcoming series of films and stories by the ETF.


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