Knowing and doing vocational education and training reform: Evidence, learning and the policy process

This paper is primarily concerned with raising a higher level question about the nature of knowledge and evidence used in planning, implementing and evaluating skills reforms. The paper notes the very high level of official optimism about the benefits of the governance reform process but the real lack of hard evidence across the region for… Read more

Reforming technical vocational education and training in the Middle East and North Africa: experiences and challenges

Having successfully expanded school coverage to unprecedented levels, countries in the Middle East and North Africa are turning their attention to improving the quality of learning opportunities for their citizens. This report is the result of a joint analysis of the main challenges for the reform of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in the… Read more

Unleashing the potential: transforming TVET

This publication takes stock of the steadily increasing demands and expectations on technical and vocational education and training (TVET) systems around the globe and presents recent policy trends in the field of TVET. The authors provide insights into what it takes to unleash the potential of TVET systems around the world. They propose an integrated… Read more

Gender analysis of the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) policy in Rwanda

Rwanda has in recent years has made progress in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. 56% of the parliamentarians in Rwanda are women – the highest in the world. Rwanda has managed to close the gender gap in gross and net enrolments in primary education. Despite these achievements, challenges remain. For example, it is still… Read more

Greening TVET Colleges Initiative in South Africa: from individual competence development to institutional change

South Africa is making policy efforts to invest in a green economy. It is hoped that the green economy will drive growth, provide jobs and ultimately reduce poverty. It has been identified as a key sector for employment creation with the potential for creating at least 300,000 additional direct jobs by 2020. Job creation is… Read more

Skills for productivity: vocational education and training in developing countries

This study discusses the need for developing countries to improve economic productivity. It draws on lessons from successful country experiences with skills training to develop an approach to the development of public training policies. The authors suggest that improving the job skills of the work force in developing countries is necessary if they are to… Read more

The impact of vocational education and training on company performance

This study presents a meta-analysis of the evidence available in literature on the economic benefits of vocational education and training (VET) at company level. It includes 62 studies and 264 estimated effects, covering many different company performance and training indicators. The meta-analysis concludes that VET has a positive and significant effect on the economic performance… Read more

Vocational education and training for development: A policy in need of a theory?

This paper argues that the role of vocational education and training in development needs to be considered from a theoretical standpoint. Current approaches in vocational education are outdated. Recent theoretical thinking about development offer a new perspective through which to understand the value of vocational education and its role in developing countries. There is a… Read more