Unrealised potential: The role of the independent training providers in meeting skills needs
Independent Training Providers (ITPs) are an integral part of the TVET landscape. They play an increasingly important role in delivering government policy priorities in the development of TVET systems, however their role is often under-researched and their significance overlooked. The first research in the series, conducted in partnership with the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), puts the ITP sector in the spotlight.
The research begins by outlining the distinctive characteristics of the ITPs in the UK which enable them to respond to government priorities. Examples of the successes and challenges that UK ITPs face are presented through mini case studies. Further on, the research examines the role of the ITPs in six countries – Botswana, South Africa, Uganda, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka and the different models they operate within.
This research aims to prompt national policy makers to consider whether they are making the best use of ITPs by highlighting their distinct characteristics that make them suitable and effective in delivering government skills objectives. It also aims to raise awareness among ITPs about the work undertaken by counterpart organisations in other countries and to encourage international collaboration.