Tuesday, September 30, 2008

[IWS] ADB: SKILLING THE PACIFIC: Technical and Vocational Education and Training in the Pacific [online 29 September 2008]

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Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Skilling the Pacific: Technical and Vocational Education and Training in the Pacific [online 29 September 2008]
[full-text, 262 pages]

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) means the acquisition of competencies, know-how, and attitudes necessary to perform an occupation in the labor market. While TVET is important for socio-economic development, it constantly needs to be transformed so that what it offers reflects the reality of the labor market in the Pacific region. This study document has highlighted strengths and weaknesses of TVET initiatives in the 13 Pacific Islands countries and provides future scope for strategic planning. The document also captures many good practices from around the world, which are applicable to the Pacific context of TVET.

Executive Summary


Abbreviations and Acronyms, Glossary and Definitions, Preface, and Acknowledgments [ PDF: 63kb | 11 pages ]

Highlights [ PDF: 193kb | 2 pages ]

Chapter Summary [ PDF: 207kb | 10 pages ]

Introduction [ PDF: 106kb | 8 pages ]

   1. Socioeconomic Background [ PDF: 148kb | 10 pages ]

          1.1 Overview
          1.2 Introduction

   2. Skills Gaps in the Pacific [ PDF: 181kb | 12 pages ]

          2.1 Overview
          2.2 Emigration
          2.3 Skills Gaps by Country Group

   3. Landscape and Architecture of Technical and Vocational Education and Training in the Pacific [ PDF: 226kb | 30 pages ]

          3.1 Overview
          3.2 Organization and Administration
          3.3 Prevocational Education
          3.4 Vocational Training
          3.5 Postsecondary Technical Training Institutes
          3.6 Apprenticeship and Enterprise-Based Training
          3.7 Maritime and Fisheries Training
          3.8 Private Training Providers
          3.9 Trade Testing
          3.10 Rural and Informal Sector Training
          3.11 TVET Costs, Financing, and Expenditures

   4. Analysis of Technical and Vocational Education and Training Systems in the Pacific [ PDF: 295kb | 52 pages ]

          4.1 Overview
          4.2 Analytical Framework
          4.3 Economic Relevance
          4.4 Quality of Skills Provision
          4.5 Equity
          4.6 Organizational and Management Effectiveness
          4.7 Finance and Internal Efficiency

   5. Priorities and Strategic Options [ PDF: 156kb | 12 pages ]

          5.1 Priorities
          5.2 Strategic Options—A Guide for TVET Decision Makers

   6. Conclusions and Recommendations from the Analysis [ PDF: 109kb | 12 pages ]

          6.1 Overview
          6.2 Relevance to Economic Requirements
          6.3 Quality and Effectiveness of Training Provision
          6.4 Standards, Outputs, and Monitoring
          6.5 Equity
          6.6 Organization and Management
          6.7 Changing Management Incentives
          6.8 Finance and Internal Efficiency
          6.9 Priorities by Country Group
          6.10 Strategic Interventions

   7. Regional Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project Proposals [ PDF: 143kb | 22 pages ]

          Priority Interventions
          Project 1: Strengthening TVET Organization and Management
          Project 2: Creating a Capital Development and Innovation Fund
          Project 3: Expanding Service Delivery through Open and Distance Learning
          Project 4: Strengthening TVET Programs in Rural Areas
          Project 5: Developing Outreach Training in Atoll Economies

   8. Appendixes [ PDF: 303kb | 78 pages ]

          1. Socioeconomic Background: Country Groups
          2. Methodology of Employer and Employee Surveys in Pacific Island Countries
          3. Labor Markets and Skills Shortages by Country Group
          4. Training for the Rural and Informal Sector
          5. Donor Funding for Pacific TVET
          6. Summary of Country Priorities and Projects
          7. Summary of Main Points from the Final Workshop
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