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From the desk of the CEO-October 2017 newsletter address

Indonesia, Australia’s largest near neighbouring country, has been on a path of gradual reform for almost 20 years. In recent years, rapid economic development has created a shortage of skills in most industries.

The largest economy in Southeast Asia, Indonesia – a diverse archipelago nation of more than 300 ethnic groups — has charted impressive economic growth since overcoming the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s. The country’s GDP per capita has steadily risen, from $857 in the year 2000 to $3,603 in 2016.

Global Trends in TVET

“The Global Trends in TVET: a framework for social justice” report has been officially launched in Australia on 20 October 2017 at the “The future of public TAFE institutions – new social policy” conference organised in Sydney by the Australian Education Union (AEU). The report was commissioned in 2016 by Education International, the world’s largest Global Union Federation based in Brussels that represents organisations of teachers and other education employees.

Case Study: Due Diligence and Technical Evaluations in Uganda

The Government of Uganda received credit from the World Bank towards implementation of the Uganda Competitive Fund for employer-led short term training to address prevailing skills imbalances and shortages in Uganda.

In order to ensure that the allocation of grant funding to businesses was rigorous and transparent, the PSFU sought independent contractors through a competitive tender process to conduct Due Diligence and Technical Evaluation Assessments on applications to the fund.

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From the desk of the CEO-September 2017 newsletter address

This month started with a visit to the Africa Down Under Conference 2017, hosted in Perth from 6 to 8 September. The event, now in its 15th year, has grown into the largest African mining-focused exhibition outside of the continent itself, thus becoming a must attend for government delegations, industry, and all stakeholders involved in the Mining sector. Following a difficult four-year period, the expectations about where the resources industry in Africa is heading are now positive, and the event suggested a growing sense of confidence in the sector and about Africa-Australia relations.

How to measure ROI from TVET

As recognised by the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,  TVET systems not only have the capacity to influence labour markets and national economies, but also to contribute to equitable, inclusive and sustainable societies. In the current economic scenario, funding of national TVET systems is a key challenge for each country and the ability to measure the Return of Investment (ROI) obtained from investing in TVET is crucial to all stakeholders involved in the system.

Uganda Project Update

Last month Sustainable Skills has been officially awarded a consultancy contract sponsored by the World Bank to address skills imbalances and shortages in Uganda. Client of the contract is the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) and this is the first non Australian government contract in the history of Sustainable Skills/SkillsDMC.

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Message from the Chair-August 2017 

One of the remarkable success stories in Australia’s recent economic history has been in tertiary education. Australian institutions have attracted very large numbers of foreign students and have developed a strong reputation, especially in our immediate region. Up to now, much of this has been the result of economic growth and rising middle class, notably in India and China. Most of this activity has been in and around Australian universities in Australia.

From Shanghai to Tangshan: The Vital Role of TVET

Last month, China hosted in Tangshan the “Skills on the move: global trends, local resonances” international conference attended by more than 500 participants from 70 countries. The event, co-organised by UNESCO, the PRC Government and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, analysed the current skills development scenario in the context of the SDG agenda, and highlighted global trends within TVET five years after the Third International Congress in Shanghai (2012) which resulted in the Shanghai Consensus document.

The crucial role of VET in Indonesia

We are sharing an article on TVET system in Indonesia published by The Global Business Guide, a France-based information site specialized in providing business intelligence on the most promising emerging markets for local and foreign investors. The article gives a good overview of the growing importance of TVET system in Indonesia.

From the desk of the CEO-July 2017 newsletter address

A significant milestone was achieved this month as Sustainable Skills has been officially awarded a consultancy contract sponsored by the World Bank to address skills imbalances and shortages in Uganda. Client of the contract is the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) and this is the first non Australian government contract in the history of Sustainable Skills/SkillsDMC.

ILO-WTO book: Investing in Skills for Inclusive Trade

ILO and WTO have recently co-published the book: “Investing in Skills for Inclusive Trade” focused on the linkages between trade and skills and between trade and skills development policies. According to the study, national skills development systems able to match skills supply to demand are crucial to improve each country’s competitive position in the current global economy scenario and to support inclusive development.

Myanmar National Education Strategic Plan 2016-2021

The Ministry of Education of Myanmar has recently launched a new National Education Strategic Plan (NESP) aiming to establish an accessible, equitable and effective national education system over the next five years. The ultimate goal of this plan is to equip local students with the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century and to enable them to fulfil their career and lifelong learning aspirations.

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From the desk of the CEO-June 2017 newsletter address

The transition from SkillsDMC to Sustainable Skills is now officially completed. I believe it is worth retracing the pathway that our organisation has followed since the end of 2016, when SkillsDMC fifteen years’ experience as the Skills Service Organisation for the Resources and Infrastructure Industries, responsible for the development and maintenance of the RII Training Package, officially came to an end.

Education-A pillar in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

“[…]We  recognise that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. […] As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.”

Middle East Countries focussing on Vocational Education

Countries like Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Oman have experienced an important economic growth in the last decade. Despite these successes, structural problems remain in Middle Eastern economies – including in their labour markets.

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From the desk of the CEO-May 2017 newsletter address

On Tuesday 9 May, the Australian government handed down the Federal Budget 2017 which includes important changes for the TVET sector.  A new $1.5 billion Skilling Australians Fund will be established to support apprenticeships and traineeships, with the aim to deliver 300,000 new apprentices and trainees over the next four years. States and territories will need to match federal funding to access the funds, which may result in an overall increase in money for the sector.

Guide to anticipating and matching skills and jobs

The International Labour Organisation (ILO), the UN agency specialised in promoting rights at work, encouraging decent employment opportunities, enhancing social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues, has recently released a new volume of the series “Guides to anticipating and matching skills and jobs”.  The volume forms part of a compendium of methodological guides on anticipation and matching of skills supply and demand developed by the combined expertise of…

Capacity building project in Zambia completed

In November 2016 the Capacity Building project in Zambia has been completed with our Senior Technical Consultant, David Grego, travelling to Zambia for the final stage of the project including a trip to the Copperbelt mining region where TEVETA conducted the final Skills Advisory Group (SAG) meeting.

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From the desk of the CEO-April 2017 newsletter address

Over the last few months, Sustainable Skills team efforts have been entirely focused on the development of new business opportunities in the international cooperation sector, with the aim to consolidate our position as one of the leading TVET consultancy organisations in the world. In April, our activity continued following this course as I had the opportunity to travel again to Indonesia and meet with KPPIP (Committee for Acceleration of Priority Infrastructure Delivery), the national inter-ministerial committee established with the main objective of coordinating the decision-making process and debottlenecking the delivery of Infrastructures projects to support the current country growth.

Technical and Vocational Education and training system in Ghana

Challenges and opportunities of the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system in Ghana

Ghana is currently in the process to reform the national Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system with the aim to form highly skilled local workforces able to support the development of local industry sectors and contribute to a sustainable growth of the Country.