Measures to consider for TVET and skills development in the time of COVID-19
Regular education and training provision in TVET and skills development have been disrupted in the time of COVID-19, which poses a number of challenges in the future of the industry.
ILO Senior Skills Specialist, Paul Comyn expressed his concerns and advice on the effects of COVID-19 on TVET and skills development as they do not easily migrate to distance and online learning, which is a response to the effect the crisis has on education and training.
With the absence of face-to-face classes, the shift to online and distance learning in this industry becomes fundamental as a response measure. However, there is a challenge for TVET institutions and the skills sector to remain operational, establish and maintain communications between teachers and provide services for the community.
Another challenge, is the access to digital tools and modern learning technologies in the TVET and skills sector, which means mobilising human and financial resources.
The following are a number of advice by Comyn, on key measures to decision makers. If they want to prepare the world for a more effective TVET and skill systems in the future:
- improve internet infrastructure and access to the internet;
- expand access for learners to online digital application and platforms;
- utilise inclusive digital and analogue technologies for distance learning and support lo learners;
- support teachers and trainers to operate in the new environment;
- provide support, career guidance and digital skills development for learners;
- increase distance and short course learning options for core, entrepreneurial and employability skills to vulnerable groups and individuals;
- strengthen systems for the recognition and validation of digital learning;
- increase investment in digital solutions for practical skills development; and
- improve social dialogue and coordination amongst education and training institutions, employment services and local authorities.
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