Kick-off Conference: “Digitalization and TVET” - 8th September 2021
The trend of digitalization creates multiple challenges for TVET teaching personnel and puts on more responsibilities on top of the manifold roles they already need to fulfill. This development has been realized by many TVET stakeholders in the system already and after all, as many as 977 participants from 101 countries have registered to follow the inputs and expert discussions on requirements and approaches for competence development of TVET personnel in international and development cooperation.
The GIZ TVET Academy / UNEVOC Centre Magdeburg, Germany, virtually hosted and organized the event jointly with international partners as: the Education Group of the Asian Development Bank, the Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training and the International Labour Organisation.
The organizers would like to express their gratitude to the distinguished contributors from the international development organizations but also from the business and TVET research sector for their generosity of spending their time and sharing their knowledge and expertise.
(Profiles of contributors, ppts, the conference recording and further documents are available on the conference website: Conference "Digitalization and TVET" (giz.de))
To reflect main messages for demands of competence development of TVET personnel in addressing upcoming changes in production, business and work processes resulting from Digitalization - amongst others a need for holistic approaches in Capacity Development for target groups on different levels as well as accessible knowledge and learning platforms were expressed and moreover, speakers emphasized that the shift to digital learning environments requires core competencies in remote teaching and learning.
Solution approaches encompass such as setting up systematic multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder cooperation for instance to develop blended-learning strategies, competence standards or digital learning frameworks. The implementation of such requires directed competence development of responsible personnel and so not only fragmented enhanced in-service training in the sense of lifelong learning, but also a development of systematic pre-service training for the next generation of teachers and in-company trainers should remain in the center of attention.
Conference speakers concluded therefore that with the drastic change of requirements in competencies further investments in the development of TVET personnel competence and capacity development are required. Changes in work processes and work organization lead to required adaptions of occupational profiles and competencies, which also makes constant curriculum adaptions necessary. The business sector, as demand side of TVET, depend on actions of other TVET stakeholders in order to keep up with the constant technological developments.
Solution approaches, such as technology-enhanced pedagogical models including situation-based instruction as well as platforms to connect employers, in-company trainers, teachers and apprentices with each other have been requested.
The use of digital tools and resources creates promising opportunities that are not yet entirely explored. But also challenges and certain limitations have been addressed, such as with bandwidth and IT infrastructure or the missing approaches and practices for appropriate blended learning settings in combining online learning and acquisition of practical hands-on skills. While it is a fact that digitalization causes content and competence requirements on different levels, effective digital training concepts and methods to build transversal but also occupational specific skills are still on trial in diverse teaching and learning contexts.
The addressed topics will be further explored in a workshop session on Tuesday, 19th October 2021, where the audience can select to participate in one of the offered workshops:
Last but not least: Digitalization can be – or must be (?) an enabler of new forms of cooperation – let us benefit from that and jointly take action!
The GIZ TVET Academy and its partners hope to see you in the upcoming workshops, to jointly derive necessary actions for the TVET community.
National and international debates on ensuring quality in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) systems are largely driven by the key role of competent TVET teaching personnel.
Institutionalization of pre- and in-service training for Vocational Education and Training (VET) Teachers – key element for improvement of quality and performance of VET in Moldova
The Ministry of Education, Culture and Research (MoECR) of the Republic Moldova acknowledged that the quality of Teachers in vocational education and training is a key pillar for implementing high quality training appropriate to address the demand of the business sector in human resource development as a core element for enterprise and employment development.
Last week on 15 January, the GIZ unit Human Capacity Development (HCD) in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Magdeburg, Germany, received guests from the Korean counterpart institution - the Human Resources Development Service (HRD) of Korea to discuss about options for joint activities in 2019.
International development cooperation activities and a fruitful contact between both sides have been going on since a couple of years and were underlined (in March 2014) by the agreement of a Memorandum of Understanding to work jointly on within measures for competence development for partner countries. One example of prior activities was the cooperative development and implementation of an International Leadership Training for “Greening of TVET” for TVET professionals from ASEAN countries.
HRD Korea as well as GIZ AIZ Magdeburg are mandated as UNEVOC Centres and intend to strengthen collaboration and knowledge as well as experience and resources sharing among stakeholders of development cooperation in order to attain a greater impact of sustainable development in TVET and reach a wider target group, especially in ASEAN countries.
Both sides expressed their intention to continue the fruitful collaboration and in particular to develop ideas for measures to be realized in 2019. Suggestions range from training for master trainers in ASEAN countries, a joint workshop for other UNEVOC Centres, possibly on the topic of harnessing digital solutions in TVET, as well as a capacity development workshop in Germany for TVET stakeholders of Korea. The two UNEVOC Centres agreed to further precise their ideas and to involve among others the UNEVOC International Centre for TVET, which functions as overarching institution for all UNEVOC Centres worldwide.
GIZ/UNEVOC Centre Magdeburg embraced the proposals and confirmed to bring in corresponding expertise. HRD Korea will provide own intellectual capacities, resources and preliminary funds for the realization of activities, however both organisations want to reach out to other interested co-financing cooperation development partners.
"TVET, DIGITALIZATION, WORK 4.0 CONSEQUENCES FOR LEARNING AND WORKING IN THE INFORMAL SECTOR"
January 16-17, 2019, Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Straße 1 (Virtual Training and Development Center) in 39106 Magdeburg
In the digital era, working and business processes as a whole will increasingly be influenced by diverse dynamic changes.
A remarkable share of the population in many countries worldwide are employed in the informal economy. This target group is likewise affected by these dynamic developments: the technological transition influences qualification requirements of numerous workers and entails corresponding change processes for technical vocational education and training (TVET) systems.
- Which qualification requirements match the demands of tomorrow’s world of work?
- How does the informal economy respond to the technological transition in partner countries of the development cooperation and which opportunities and/or challenges are coinciding with that?
- Which interventions in the frame of TVET and targeted to employees of the informal economy can be utilized to address specific emerging requirements?
These and other key questions will be the focus of discussions during the international expert talk, which is organized by GIZ on January 16-17 on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ).
Participating experts from German as well as from international organisations and institutions (political, economic, public, TVET) are involved to share their different perspectives.
Keynote speeches, impulses, panel discussions and working groups will provide opportunities to exchange experiences regarding existing and envisaged approaches with the aim to derive new strategies and recommended interventions.
The event will be broadcasted live over: https://www.youtube.com/user/mdsonntag/videos (livestream available as of Jan 16 2019)
Further information concerning the international expert talk (e.g. agenda, registration form) are available on request:
Dr. Harry Stolte
Academy for International Cooperation
Human Capacity Development (HCD) for TVET / UNEVOC Centre Magdeburg
Head of Section
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH