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Rethinking Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for Education Development

European Study Tour for World Bank Staff

TVET Europe Study Tour


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The World Bank Institute and Education Group of the Human Development Network (HDNED) organized a Study Tour for World Bank Education staff, June 8 - June 20, 2008. The key objectives for this Study Tour were to review recent trends in TVET, with the wider purpose of reviewing Bank policy on the restructuring of formal and non formal education systems to ensure relevance of education and training in response to the changing patterns of employment, the needs of the labor market, and the rapid pace of change in technology and communications.

The Study Tour provided an opportunity to exchange perspectives on critical issues and to apply these experiences to the Bank’s operational work in client countries. In this respect, the program  focused on identifying challenges and opportunities for middle and low income countries.

Specifically, the tour:

  • Studied links between academic institutions and industry or the workplace, training on all skill levels, and how previous professional experience and competences are recognized
  • Reviewed new approaches regarding competences, along with The European Union (EU) TVET policies and programs and International Labour Organization (ILO) approaches towards TVET
  • Created an opportunity to disseminate good practice from a variety of developed and developing countries
  • Reviewed the recent trends in thinking about TVET within and outside the World Bank

The Study Tour formed a part of the design stage of a new capacity development program on TVET for policymakers and senior technical staff from the Bank’s client countries, intended to help member countries in the search for innovative methods to reform their current TVET and education systems.

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