Technology-enhanced, flexible and blended approaches to technical and vocational skills development (TVSD) can contribute to improvements in access, gender, quality and efficiency indicators. Experience of using these approaches is not widespread in institutions and Ministries in Commonwealth countries.
The core challenges that the TVSD programme seeks to address are inadequate quality in, and low access to technical and vocational education and training (TVET) — especially for women. In developing countries, 341 million young people are not in education, employment or training (World Bank, 2012). This has put great pressure on providers of TVET to expand their enrolments.
The Technical & Vocational Skills Development Initiative promotes the flexible and blended skills development model which integrates ICT for quality improvements and increasing access.
TVSD activities include:
- Training policy-makers, managers, and teaching and administrative staff in the flexible and blended (FaB) TVSD model to achieve scale.
- Assisting in national and institutional policy development and strategic planning.
- Support the development of new curricula and learning resources in support of livelihoods in the formal and informal economies.
- Promoting women’s participation in the TVET sector.
Over 6000 women and men have been trained in income-generating skills.
More than 1000 new businesses have been started and sustained in Bangladesh alone following non-formal skills and business training. Two-thirds of these entrepreneurs are women.