Centre for Technical and Vocational Skills Development (TEVOS)
This center broadly focuses on the following areas of action:
- Expanding and diversifying TVET access through reducing barriers and increasing opportunities, creating pathways to higher education and supporting the expansion of the private sector led TVET engagement.
- Expanding work-based learning and cooperation with businesses and enterprises by focusing on revisiting apprenticeships in the formal and informal sector (Jua-Kali as popularly known in East Africa) and improving the quality of traditional apprenticeships. A focus on developing continuing TVET in workplaces should be a consideration envisaged for greater efficiency and quality of workmanship.
- Enhancing quality and relevance; TVET per se in African context has been happening however it suffers from quality issues that leads to the pass out of low caliber workforce. Improving quality and relevance will focus on reviewing and reforming the TVET qualification with attention to career ladders, reforming the curricular and strengthening quality assurance mechanisms and processes. Important in quality and relevance enhancement in providing necessary and adequate investment including; matching funds and infrastructure to better operationalisation TVET in countries.
- Professionalizing TVET teachers and trainers with greater opportunities for exposure and cross-sectoral learning and joint implementation actions. This will include taking actions such as: developing competence frameworks for TVET professionals, upgrading pre-service TVET teacher education; this will include training TVET professionals across sectors including agriculture, processing and manufacturing among others, and expanding and improving the quality of continuing professional development with defined mandatory action periods for professionals.
- Empowering learners through a specific focus on learners to develop the wide range of abilities relevant in the labour market including skills sets such as; adaptability, decision making, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking as well as mindset skills including courage, empathy, visioning, resilience and curiosity among others. Furthermore, a focus developed at supporting learners throughout life to facilitate lifelong learning.
- Strengthening the management of TVET institutions; actions towards creating and having sustainable functional TVET institutions are critical. These are not only interms of physical institutions but livable institutions with functional processes and systems that are less corrupt. These actions could focus at modernizing TVET institution management, integrating information and communication technologies into TVET and strengthen the research component of TVET to further inform reform and practice.
- Improve governance and stakeholder participation in the TVET processes including in agenda setting, training, research and outreach as well coordination and implementation. These need to be approached from building active partnerships and stakeholder participation, decentralizing whilst managing from a sectoral perspective than from a programmatic perspective; this will allow for building of strong bonds and pillars that facilitate a comprehensive, solid and sustainable TVET system at country and regional level.
- Developing supporting frameworks for implementation including the identification of champions to coordinate the needed actions, lead the pathway and negotiate through different actors and stakeholders including at the lowest level particularly the traditional apprenticeship categories. This action also includes improving the evidence base for the TVET policy and practice through thorough and well-grounded research and practice and developing linked policy frameworks and implementation plans for reform that have been developed strategically responding to the felt needs and gaps in the labour market.
- Focused financing to steer TVET; this includes proper demand articulation of the skills to be developed against dollar value, mobilizing financial resources in support of TVET and improving results with TVET funding. Funding here needs to focus on TVET skills acquisition funding in sort of venture capital funds that seeks to strengthen enterprise development and to encourage enterprise training prioritization.
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