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From the Desk of the CEO – October 2018

It’s been 2 years since the SkillsDMC Board determined to remodel SkillsDMC into Sustainable Skills a not for profit international consultancy that develops, supports and assists effective technical and vocational education and training (TVET) systems worldwide.

Building Tomorrow’s Digital Skills

Recently published by UNESCO’s Education Sector, this report  looks at the conditions impacting the development of digital skills based on five international comparative surveys, the results of which reveal a sample group of twelve countries whose population have particularly high levels of digital skills.

TVET Glossary: Lifelong Learning (LLL)

Would you like to know what Lifelong Learning is?
In this videoclip our Executive Director Operations, Michael Payne, explains what LLL means and why it can significantly contribute to a more inclusive society, particularly in today’s job market.

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From the Desk of the CEO – September 2018

On 11-12 September, I travelled to Bandung in Indonesia to attend the 5th UPI International Conference on Technical Vocational Education and Training and deliver a speech on how Indonesia can develop a new Centre of Excellence which will improve their national TVET system the Indonesian way.

International Literacy Day – 8 September 2018

According to UNESCO data, 750 million adults in the world remain illiterate. This year’s International Literacy Day theme of ‘Literacy and Skills Development’ focused on youth and adults within the lifelong learning framework and how integrated approaches to literacy and skills development can improve people’s lives.

TVET Glossary: Methods of Assessment

Would you like to know what is a Method of Assessment in VET?
In this videoclip our new Director, International Development Services, Lee Jackson, explains how the assessment process works, what are the best methods of assessement and how to make sure the rules of evidence are met.

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From the Desk of the CEO – August 2018

This month, I met Ms Nguy Thi Khanh, Executive Director of Vietnam’s Green Innovation and Development Centre (GreenID) at the Vietnam Renewable Energy Week being held in Hanoi. Ms Khanh was a winner of the 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize – the world’s largest award for grassroots environmental activists.

TVET Models in the World: the Australian VET System

The Australia’s competency based TVET system is highly recognised worldwide largely due to its strong focus on industry demand, skills application, and to its scalability and flexibility. Currently, in Australia there are 4.2 million TVET students attending 4,200 RTOs that include 58 public providers – TAFEs.

TVET Glossary: Apprenticeship

Would you like to know what is an Australian Apprenticeship in VET?
In this videoclip our Director, International Development Services, Luke  Behncke, explains how apprenticeships and traineeships work in Australia, how they are regulated, and why they are considered the backbone of the Australian VET system.

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From the Desk of the CEO – July 2018

This month, Luke Behncke met with representatives of the Morendat Institute of Oil and Gas (MIOG), Kenya Pipeline Company Ltd (KPC) discussing their training Centre of Excellence and learnings from the Australian TVET experience in building capacity for the Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP) in East Africa.

Current Situation of TVET in Vietnam

With a population of 94 million and people under the age of 35 accounting for 70 percent of this number, Vietnam is currently one of the most dynamic and fastest growing emerging countries in East Asia region with an annual GDP growth of 6.6% and a GDP per capita of US$ 2,111.

TVET Glossary: Skills Recognition

Would you like to know what is Skills Recognition in VET?
In this videoclip our Director, International Development Services, Luke  Behncke, provides a definition of Skills Recognition for individuals and industry and explains why it can be considered the currency of trade in the job market.

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From the Desk of the CEO – June 2018

This month, I was invited by the Australia Indonesia Business Council Victoria (AIBC) to speak at the Education Panel discussion about education in Indonesia. The conference aimed to unpick some of the key issues in a critical sector for Indonesia, and learn more about the country’s aspirations.

UNESCO and Audi México – International Forum

In May this year, Delaney Nugent as a representative of Sustainable Skills was invited to participate in and present at the UNESCO Office in Mexico and Audi México, International Forum for Dual Education and Corporate Responsibility – Public-Private alliances for Social Mobility.

TVET Glossary: Skill Sets in VET

Would you like to know what are skill sets in Vocational Education and Training in Australia? In this videoclip our Director, International Development Services, Luke  Behncke, provides a definition of skill sets and explains what they include and how they are used by businesses and learners.

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Message from the Chair – May 2018

Australians sometimes take for granted the excellent educational services and experiences available to us. Not only are they central to the progress of our community and its citizens, but they have become important contributors in an economy that has gradually moved toward an increasing level of service exports.

Unesco-Unevoc in Action – Biennial Report 2016-2017

UNESCO-UNEVOC, the UNESCO spcialized Centre for TVET acting as part of the UN mandate to promote peace, justice, equity, poverty alleviation, and greater social cohesion, has recently published the Moving Forward Biennial Report which gives a comprehensive overview of its activities in TVET over the biennium 2016-2017.

TVET Glossary: Industry-led in VET – What is it?

This month our Director, International Development Services, Luke  Behncke, provides the definition of Industry-led in Vocational Education and Training – What is it?

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From the desk of the CEO – April 2018 newsletter address

I would like to take this opportunity to share our video – presentation which gives an overview of our mission and vision, and includes a very interesting testimonial given by Fidelis Cheelo, who took part in the Capacity Building program we managed in 2015-16 at TEVETA in Zambia.

UNEVOC – COL Publication: Using ICTs and Blended Learning in Transforming TVET

Drawing on 9 case studies from around the world, including one from Australia, the book examines issues of cost, approaches to planning, and provides insight into different applications of ICTs in TVET.

TVET Glossary: Assessment in VET – What is it?

This month our Director, International Development Services, Luke  Behncke, provides the definition of Assessment in Vocational Education and Training – What is it?

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From the desk of the CEO-March 2018 newsletter address

As part of the national TVET reform Indonesia is establishing a new national TVET Centre of Excellence. I was invited to review the plans and deliver a lecture in Bandung last week on the challenges and opportunities of establishing the Centre.

Open E-Discussion about LLL Promoted by ILO

We are glad to share an interesting initiative launched by ILO and opened to all the stakeholders in the TVET sector worldwide. The E-discussion about LLL aims to gather opinions about concrete policy options in developed and developing countries for promoting LLL.

TVET Glossary: CBT – What is it?

This month our Director, International Development Services, Luke  Behncke, provides the definition of CBT: Competency Based Training – What is it?

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From the desk of the CEO-February 2018 newsletter address

This is our first newsletter of 2018 and we hope you had a great Christmas and a fantastic New Year. In late January, I travelled to Indonesia to visit the BBPLK Polytechnic Bekasi, which is implementing a revitalisation plan with a strong focus on industry. In February, I attended Mining Indaba in Cape Town.

TVET System in Uganda

With a population of over 39 million, a youth population of 7.9 million, and a nominal GDP of 700 USD per capita,  Uganda has a 2.3% unemployment rate among the total labour force, according to World Bank Data. Uganda’s TVET mission consists in ensuring that individuals and enterprises acquire the skills they need to raise productivity and income.

TVET Glossary: VET – What is it?

We are launching a new section of our monthly newsletter which consists in a series of short videos focused on terms commonly used in the TVET sector. This month our Director, International Development Services, Luke  Behncke, provides the definition of VET.

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From the desk of the CEO-November 2017 newsletter address

On 14 November I had the pleasure of speaking at the Rembug Nasional seminar organised in Jakarta by IINC – The Indonesian Institute for National Competence, a not-for-profit organisation appointed to build the National Competency System (SKN) or “Siskomnas”. The seminar focussed on how to improve the quality and competitiveness of Indonesia’s human resources to increase the country’s productivity and help bring more of the population out of poverty.

Greening TVET: Practical Guide for Institutions

Environmental Issues represent one of the World’s most pressing challenges of our century. According to the Global Footprint Network, the Earth Overshoot Day, the date when humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth can regenerate over the entire year, this year marked globally on August 2, the earliest it’s ever been. Industry can play a pivotal role to reduce the global carbon footprint and change the future of our Planet. This transition demands a change in the nature of work by ensuring workforces have skills and knowledge to support the new green economies and societies. TVET is crucial to support the transition to a low-carbon economy by preparing learners to face new expectations of the industry.

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-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.

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-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.

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