COVID-19 is having major impacts on VET, but VET is also a key part of the solutions to the problems that lockdowns and social distancing rules will bring to the economy and society. This is why we cannot give up. We need to go online to promote the value of VET as part of EVSW.
• In terms of the challenges VET faces, already we can see:
• Uncertainty about how best to deliver VET to young people and apprentices already on programmes.
• The danger of inequalities in access to VET increasing since learners vary in their access to digital devices and the internet.
• Adults in work being laid off or furloughed who are now at home.
In response, we can see VET:
• Building a base of online/distance learning experience that could be a foundation for further development.
• Taking steps to ensure all learners can access the new opportunities being put in place.
• Finding ways to support adults who are at home to develop their skills and better prepare for the post-pandemic labour market.
At the same time, everyone who works in VET is facing the challenge of finding out how best to use digital learning tools.
And it’s here that the European Vocational Skills Week can really help, by providing an unrivalled forum for identifying common problems and exchanging solutions.
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Using a step-by-step approach, this course aims to equip national and international stakeholders with the necessary competencies to measure skills mismatches and imbalances from both the demand and supply sides.
The course will highlight the latest guidelines developed by the ILO with regard to measuring skills mismatches, while also emphasizing the SDG and the decent work indicators framework.
This course caters for government officials from ministries of labour, economy, and planning; officials of national statistical offices; officials of national, regional and international organizations; members of academic and research institutions; and representatives of workers' and employers' organizations.
Application deadline for course: 27 July 2020
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World Youth Skills Day 2020 will take place in a challenging context. The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown measures have led to the worldwide closure of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions, threatening the continuity of skills development.
Prior to the current crisis, young people aged 15-24 were three times more likely than adults to be unemployed and often faced a prolonged school-to-work transition period. In post-COVID-19 societies, as young people are called upon to contribute to the recovery effort, they will need to be equipped with the skills to successfully manage evolving challenges and the resilience to adapt to future disruptions.
Rising youth unemployment is one of the most significant problems facing economies and societies in today’s world, for developed and developing countries alike. The latest Global Employment Trends for Youth 2020: Technology and the future of jobs shows that since 2017, there has been an upward trend in the number of youth not in employment, education or training (NEET). In 2016 there were 259 million young people classified as NEET – a number that rose to an estimated 267 million in 2019, and is projected to continue climbing to around 273 million in 2021. In terms of percentage, the trend was also slightly up from 21.7% in 2015 to 22.4% in 2020 – implying that the international target to reduce the NEET rate by 2020 will be missed.
Education and training are central to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. TVET can equip youth with the skills required to access the world of work, including skills for self-employment. TVET can also improve responsiveness to changing skill-demands by companies and communities, increase productivity and increase wage levels. TVET can reduce access barriers to the world of work, for example through work-based learning, and ensuring that skills gained are recognised and certified. TVET can also offer skills development opportunities for low-skilled people who are under- or unemployed, out of school youth and individuals not in education, employment and training (NEETs).
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In this context, the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO) and the European Training Foundation (ETF) join forces to organize this course, which will explore innovative policies and practices of lifelong career guidance around the world.
Who attends this course?
- Policy makers in the employment and labour market field, TVET and educational services at national, regional, and local levels
- Representatives of employers' and workers' organizations, unions, and educational and training institutions
- Educators, trainers, experts, and technical staff of public and private employment services, job centres, schools, vocational training centres, and other institutions.
Application deadline for course: 31 May 2020
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