Helping enterprises find workers with the right skills, and ensuring that workers acquire the skills they need to find productive employment is a key to economic prosperity and building inclusive societies. Adopting a forward-looking perspective to skills development to improve the competiveness of specific industries or sectors contributes to a country’s growth, economic diversification and to the creation of decent jobs.
The Global KSP will focus this E-Discussion on ‘Providing the right skills at the right time: The role of sectoral skills development in contributing to productive and competitive economies’. Over the next two weeks, the E-Discussion will take place in two parts. During the first week, the Global KSP will look at the current skills challenges facing industry and the labour market. During the second week, the dialogue will invite participants to share their experiences and good practices on anticipating future skills needs in specific sectors of the economy.
Week two questions: Initiatives and what works:
-Sectoral skills development approaches have proven useful in engaging employers, albeit they take different forms within different national contexts. What models of employer engagement have you identified as being effective when examining approaches to sectoral skills development?
-What role can tripartite sectoral skills councils play in anticipating the needs of a sector for current and future skills training, assessing the quality and relevance of training programmes and improving relevance?
-What are some effective examples of forward-looking strategies for developing skills in a particular sector that will improve the performance of enterprises and keep the skills of workers up-to-date?
-To what extent are countries considering the specific needs of their key sectors when developing national level skills development policies/TVET strategies?