ADB hosted the fifth annual International Skills Development Forum. This follows four previous forums held in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, which have helped to build a dialogue platform on skills development in Asia and the Pacific region.


Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is a major priority for most countries. Given the huge challenges facing effective delivery of TVET programs, there is interest to learn from emerging good practices. The purpose of the 2015 Skills Forum was to assist ADB members meet those challenges; to find innovative and new solutions to current priorities in TVET.

Expected outputs

Set in the context of changing economies, adaptive technologies and a new post-2015 global agenda for development, the focus of the forum was practical, with emphasis given to sharing perspectives and experiences on issues of high relevance. International experts, leading practitioners, policy makers, TVET service providers and stakeholders shared their work, experiences, and future plans.

The 5th ADB International Skills Forum: Current Priorities in TVET focused on:

  • Responding to employers’ needs - what they expect and want from TVET graduates
  • Adapting to changing conditions - successful examples in TVET
  • Strategies on how to raise the quality of TVET
  • Successful modalities adopted world-wide to incorporate a secondary TVET track
  • Examples of how to promote public-private partnerships in delivering TVET programs
  • Options for mobilizing and diversifying funding for TVET (SWAps, TVET funds, PPPs)
  • Looking ahead to emerging priorities–-a glimpse around the corner


The forum was by invitation, prioritizing policy makers and lead practitioners from developing Asia.

More than 100 professionals who are leading experts and policy makers in the area of skills, training and workforce development.

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