ASEAN Welcomes Labor Market Needs

Kompas, page 12

Technical and vocational education and training is strengthened in the ASEAN countries to support labor market demand up to labor market mobility of professional workers which are increasingly required by the entry into force of the ASEAN Economic Community. Regional cooperation for the development of technical and vocational education and training aimed at supporting improved harmonization and quality of vocational education.

This was discussed in the 5th Regional Policy Dialogue on technical and vocational education and training / TVET, entitled Recent Trends and Initiatives to Improve TVET in ASEAN, Wednesday (29/3) in Jakarta.   The event held by the ASEAN Secretariat and the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) was attended by about 50 representatives of ministries of education and manpower, policy makers, TVET practitioners from ASEAN countries and experts from Germany.

Deputy Secretary General of the Department of Social Cultural Community of the ASEAN Secretariat Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee said strengthening TVET in the ASEAN region is not only to improve education itself, but also in supporting the needs of the labor market.  TVET conditions in ASEAN countries are still disparate in standard and quality.

On that occasion, the Director of GIZ-RECTOTVET Program (TVET Regional Cooperation) Nils Geissler explained, more than two years this program intensively discussed the challenges of TVET development. TVET development in a number of ASEAN countries are also not optimal. One reason is because vocational education is still considered “second class”. Many still highly view academic higher education institutions.

Meanwhile, Eunsang Cho of UNESCO Bangkok said, a paradigm shift is required to strengthen collaboration of TVET institutions with industry where teachers and school principals from practitioners make education in line with industry. So that absorption of TVET graduates in industry and interest towards TVET increase.

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