ETF/INTPA Training on VET and Skills Development (26-27 May, 2-3 June, 10 June)

At DG INTPA (ex DEVCO) request, the ETF is organising a 5-day on-line training course for EU delegations around the world.

First edition will take place in May-June 2021, and will focus on the partner country perspective and reinforce analytical skills of programme managers: from the skills development challenges to the VET systems and policies.

The second edition, planned in November 2021, will focus on the delegations’ perspective and will reinforce their VET-related programming skills

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Background and objectives

The two training courses aim at increasing participants’ knowledge on vocational education and training (VET) and skills development, in relation to the broader economic and social contexts and sharing concrete methods and tools supporting their work in the programming cycle. Both courses are designed with a highly interactive programme, providing a combination of conceptual/methodological/research based content and practical and hands-on exercises based on real-life cases.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the training, participants should:

  • Be able to embed their integrated vision of VET and skills development into the broader context (including of economic growth and employment)
  • Be aware of the key components of a performant VET system (e.g.: labour market analysis, quality assurance, qualifications, curricula, governance, financing…) with a focus on initial VET and of the main angles for analysing a VET policy (access, equity, quality, relevance, governance, financing)
  • Have concrete hints, tools and resources for better integrating VET and skills in the programming cycle (starting from MIPs) -and, after the November course, for designing a VET support programme-.

Architecture, content and methodology

The overall structure of the training is designed to meet the specific learning environment of online events: each day will not offer more than 5 hours of on-line training, and it may combine on-line and off-line content. At least 50% of practical training will be ensured. The 5 days of training will not be consecutive, but form a coherent content, with synchronous sessions delivered on Zoom and asynchronous and blended learning opportunities supported by the Cap4Dev platform.

The content of the training is shaped with a view to addressing the analytical skills needs of programme managers in order to integrate the key thematic VET issues in relation with economic growth and employment, and providing them with a number of useful resources.

Three modules sequence the first course: A. Identifying skills in context, B. Analysing VET systems and policies, C. Getting support for action. Each module has various sessions (numbered) which all put participants in an active role as each session is comprised of various activities (varied facilitation and training methods) to rhythm the training and keep people dynamically engaged. Activities will vary from keynote speeches to group work and individual reading, hands on exercise, quiz and polls, peer exchange and networking, etc. “One step aside” sessions will complete the programme, by offering a broader perspective at the end of each day; they may be offered to a broader audience.