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2nd ASEAN TVET Council Regional Policy Dialogue

Labour Market Information for Better TVET Policy


Date:
30. May 2023 - 31. May 2023

Location:
Bangkok, Thailand

Organizer:
ATC Chair – MoE Singapore, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) of the Philippines, Office of Vocational Education Commission (OVEC) of the MoE Thailand, with support of the ASEAN Secretariat and GIZ-RECOTVET

Event type:
Conference
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About the Event

OVERVIEW

The world of work is changing dynamically with technological advancements, digitalisation, globalisation, demographic and climate change. Timely and comprehensive labour market information systems can help to provide stakeholders an up-to-date overview inform employment and skill policies. Efficient use of labour market information in policy making can contribute to the enhancement of the workforce, keep it updated to meet the requirements of the changing labour market hence secure decent work. Successful models of gathering, analysing, utilising and sharing labour market information require targeted and harmonized efforts from various stakeholders, from both public and private institutions.

The ASEAN region is aware of this issue and already addressed it in ASEAN workplans. In the ASEAN Declaration on HRD for the Changing World of Work and Its Roadmap, improving accessibility and quality of labour market information, where appropriate, towards strengthened and coherent labour market information systems, including skills forecasts is one of the actions to be taken. More to mention, in its ten-year Work Plan 2021 - 2030, the ASEAN TVET Council (ATC) emphasised the effective use of labour market information to strengthen labour market orientation skills forecasting for the fourth industry revolution and other emerging trends.

To inform the joint cooperation on the ATC Work Plan 2021 – 2030 at the regional level as much as the debates on HRD and TVET reform in ASEAN Member States with a focus on policy implementation, the ATC members since 2022 institutionalized a series of Regional Policy Dialogues (RPD). The ATC RPD series, guided by the ATC Work Plan, is a forum for mutual learning and exchange on TVET policy and practice in the ASEAN region, aiming at:

  • Mutual learning by bringing together representatives from politics & academia, public institutions, and business community on an equal footing;
  • Reflecting on state-of-the-art research and practical examples from the ASEAN region and beyond;
  • Identification and documentation of progress, challenges and lessons learned and setting of a future agenda for analysis and further exploration; and
  • Providing recommendations relevant to the context of ASEAN and ATC Work Plan for the further development of TVET at the ASEAN regional level.

This ATC RPD is the second event in the series, focuses on the topic “Labour Market Information for better TVET Policy”. The 1.5-day conference is co-hosted by the ATC Chair - the Ministry of Education (MOE) of Singapore, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) of the Philippines, the Office of Vocational Education Commission (OVEC), Ministry of Education of Thailand with the support of the ASEAN Secretariat and the German Government’s RECOTVET programme.

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THEMATIC FOCUS AND EXPECTED OUTCOMES

Labour Market Information System (LMIS) is not simply a data system and issues related to managing data and statistics. A LMIS consists of (1) collection and compilation of data and information; (2) repository of information; (3) analytical capacity and tools; and (4) institutional arrangements and networks.

In this regard, the 2nd ATC RPD will provide a broad overview of the design and implementation of an effective LMIS in relation to labour market, skill and TVET policies, while consider sub-topics that are relevant and practical to policy makers, for example, coordinating data, institutional set up and potential synergy of the different units in the LMIS network, skill anticipation. The 2nd RPD aims to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: Consensus and shared understanding on LMIS and utilisation of LMI for TVET policy making, particularly regarding the priorities formulated in the ATC Work Plan;
  • Outcome 2: Endorsed policy recommendations regarding LMI for TVET policies in ASEAN by the ATC members.

The results of discussions at the ATC RPD and recommendations will be processed into documentation to inform ATC members in their implementation of the ATC Work Plan. Moreover, the recommendations and results can be brought to the attention of the relevant sectoral bodies of ASEAN, where they can serve as orientation for the further development of HRD and TVET in ASEAN.


METHODOLOGY

The RPD will enable interactive discussions and knowledge sharing among policy makers, managers at high and middle level, leading experts and officials from member countries as well as international partner organizations on Labour Market Information for Better TVET Policy in a hybrid format. The conference will feature keynote presentations, panel discussions as well as breakout sessions, where smaller groups can learn from inspiring inputs and engage in expert discussions and peer-learning.


 PARTICIPANTS

Participants in the event include the focal points of the ATC and relevant stakeholders in the region and beyond:

  • Representatives from the economic, education, and labour sectors from AMS (SEOM, SOM-ED, SLOM focal points)
  • Representatives from business and industry sectors (ASEAN Future Workforce Council, other business leaders, companies from ASEAN region, chambers, association, and HR managers)
  • ASEAN sectoral bodies and other relevant stakeholders (SEAMEO VOCTECH, ASEAN Confederation of Employers (ACE), ASEAN Trade Union Council (ATUC)
  • Academia, International experts and other relevant stakeholders

PLENARY AND BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Day 1 |  30 May 2023 - GMT+7

PLENARY 1: ENVISION LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION SYSTEM (LMIS) THAT STRENGHENS TVET POLICIES

This session is to introduce the LMIS concept and create a shared understanding on how LMIS connects and can benefit labour/TVET policies. Keynote speaker is expected to deliver the overall concept of LMIS. Then panel members can share their expectations on the ideal LMIS and the use of LMI from real-world examples.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER (VIRTUAL)

  • Youngsup Choi, Professor, Korea University of Technology and Education – KOREATECH, South Korea

MODERATOR: PROF. DR. HEIKO ROEHL, ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT, GIZ


PLENARY 2: FINDINGS OF THE REGIONAL MAPPING ON LMIS IN ASEAN

In this session initial findings of a regional mapping study will be shared. It will cover LMI structures in ASEAN countries with recommendations on how they can be strengthened and better utilised, in particular with regards to their use for evidence-based skill policies.

SPEAKER

  • Souleima El Achkar, Project Lead and Technical Expert, “Strengthening LMI in ASEAN for Better Skills and Employment Policies”

BREAKOUT SESSION 1

BREAKOUT ROOM 1A: COORDINATING VARIOUS SOURCES OF DATA TO ENHANCE DEMAND-ORIENTED TVET

This session provides space for sharing country experience on using multiple sources of data, such as labour market survey, data from Public Employment Service (PES), data from the business sector, big data, etc. to inform and build TVET strategies and programmes.

SPEAKERS

  • Nguyen Chi Truong, Director of Skills Development Department, General Directorate of Vocational Training, Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Viet Nam
  • Gilang Amaldi, Coordinator of Vocational Training Implementation, Directorate General for Vocational Training and Productivity, Ministry of Manpower, Indonesia

MODERATOR: DR. PARYONO, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL AFFAIRS AND RESEARCH MANAGER, SEAMEO VOCTECH


BREAKOUT ROOM 1B: BUDGET AND RESOURCES FOR BUILDING LMIS

In this session, participants are invited to share and discuss options and experience regarding required capacities needed to establish and sustain LMI, including financial funding, human resource, infrastructure, etc.

SPEAKERS

  • Mohd Firdaus Bin Zaini, Principal Assistant Director, Department of Statistics, Bureau of Labour Statistics (MBLS), Malaysia
  • Wahyu Yudowibisono, Coordinator of Program Planning, Evaluation and Reporting, Labor Market Center, Ministry of Manpower, Indonesia

MODERATOR: DR. DARJUSCH TAFRESCHI, HEAD OF COMPONENT LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION, RECOTVET-GIZ


PLENARY 3: UTILISING LMI FOR TVET POLICY MAKING – SHARING PRACTICES FROM SELECTED COUNTRIES

In this session, a representative from CEDEFOP will share challenges, good practice examples and results from various European countries.

SPEAKER (VIRTUAL)

  • Konstantinos Pouliakas, Expert in Skills and Labour Market, Department for VET and Skills, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)

MODERATOR: PROF. DR. HEIKO ROEHL, ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT, GIZ


BREAKOUT SESSION 2

BREAKOUT ROOM 2A: SKILL FORECAST USING LMI

Representatives from two or three ASEAN countries will share the current models, progress and remaining challenges of skill forecasting using LMI to facilitate skill and TVET policy making in their countries.

SPEAKERS

  • Gyun Kim, Executive Director, Planning and Information Bureau, Korea Employment Information Service, South Korea
  • Katherine Amor A. Zarsadias, Acting Assistant Executive Director of Planning Office, Chief of the Policy Research and Evaluation Division and concurrent Officer-In-Charge of Labour Market Information Division, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Philippines
  • Takaaki Kizu, Skills Development Officer, Employment Policy Department, International Labour Organization (ILO), Switzerland

MODERATOR: MS. SOULEIMA EL ACHKAR, PROJECT LEAD AND TECHNICAL EXPERT, “STRENGTHENING LMI IN ASEAN FOR BETTER SKILLS AND EMPLOYMENT POLICIES”


 BREAKOUT ROOM 2B: ENGAGING PRIVATE SECTOR IN PROVIDING LMI

Participants from the public and private sector will share and discuss about the importance of labour market data that employers can provide to LMIS, as well as cooperation mechanism to engage private sector into building and maintaining LMIS. The role of private sector can include providing innovative data sources in the digital age, including big data, as well as the experience and possibility to manage these sources of data for policy making.

SPEAKERS

  • Sopheap Eng, Vice President, Cambodian Federation of Employers and Business Associations (CAMFEBA), Cambodia
  • Rangsan Thepmondhri, Director of Policy and Strategy Division, Bureau of Policy and Planning, Office of the Vocational Education Commission, Ministry of Education, Thailand
  • Pham Thanh Dai Linh, Consulting Director, FPT Digital, Viet Nam

MODERATOR: MR. ARNAULD DE NADAILLAC, MANAGING DIRECTOR, ANC CONSULTING


Day 2 | 31 May 2023 – GMT +7

PLENARY 4: ASEAN NETWORK STRUCTURE ON LMI

The role of regional cooperation in the field of labour market information will be discussed in this session. Experiences from Europe will show the challenges and value-added by having a sustainable regional expert network in place. The model will be reflected upon with representatives from ASEAN Member States who will share their opinions on the necessity, advantages, interest, possible models and expectations of a LMI network structure in ASEAN.

SPEAKER (VIRTUAL)

  • Christa Larsen, Coordinator of the European Network on Regional Labour Market Monitoring, working at Institute for Economics, Labour and Culture (IWAK), Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

MODERATOR: MR. MICHAEL P. CANARES, STRATEGY ADVISOR, STEP UP CONSULTING


PLENARY 5: REFLECTION AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Having exchanged on different topics in the previous sessions, participants would be invited to share any take-aways, reflect on how the LMI benefits TVET policy making at national level as well as draw recommendations. In the context of the ATC, the recommendations would support the implementation of its workplan.

MODERATOR: PROF. DR. HEIKO ROEHL, ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT, GIZ