Technical and Vocational Education

Developing Asia and the Pacific provides a rich array of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) experiences, but too often these have recorded only modest results. On the whole, training and skills development systems in developing member countries are not fully equipped to produce graduates with competencies that are aligned to the needs of the labor market. Still, there is much to be learned from past and current TVET programs as countries work to make improvements in this important subsector.

Among the required changes are:

  • strengthening TVET's links to industry and workplace training
  • basing TVET on standards that are set or validated by industry
  • making learner placement, internships, and on-the-job training programs regular features of TVET delivery
  • coordinating TVET development with government departments responsible for trade and industry, workplace relations, and science and technology, to align skills being taught with government policy directions