In the lead up to the Torino Process international conference on June 7-8, ETF partner countries have been taking part in a series of regional-level policy forums on vocational education and training (VET) and skills for economic development. Ownership has been a key feature running throughout.
In Pt. 3. of the series we head to the Eastern Partnership region – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine
When the Georgian Minister of Education Aleksandre Jejeleva told the regional forum in Tbilisi that education is a national priority, heads nodded around the room.
Education – and the role of skills and professional training – are critical to the success of the government’s economic and social reform programme, he said, noting the government’s strategic plan for educational and economic reform, infrastructure development and good governance.
‘I believe the VET system can make a very important contribution to all the pillars of this plan.’
Participants said the Georgian recognition of skills training for employment reflected the situation in their own countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
This is reflected in the degree of progress in using the Torino Process tools, demonstrated by participants.
‘In all the Eastern Partnership countries we have self-assessment, the only region with all countries fully engaged in this. As a result we have a much more solid evidence base. We have moved from a lack of evidence to plenty of evidence.
‘Reports are more solid,’ says Manuela Prina, the ETF’s Torino Process team leader. ‘The countries now need to work more on using the evidence produced for decision making.’
Ukraine‘s unique approach to draft 25 regional reports – coinciding with a shift to devolved financial and management responsibility for VET to those regions – exemplifies just how demand driven the analytical exercise of the Torino Process is.
Demand and ownership is further demonstrated in the growing role social partners are playing in the countries – where their part in contributing to the evidence database is of key importance. Moldova‘s impressive network of stakeholders in the Torino Process, which includes the ministries of education, labour finance, agriculture, economy and territorial development and agencies such as the national statistics bureau, chamber of commerce and industries and others, is a strong example.
Progress is also evidenced through work on creating a National Qualifications Framework in Belarus; the Torino Process for benchmarking progress in Azerbaijan, where major reform of the VET system is just beginning; and the introduction of obligatory 12-year schooling in Armenia.
Ukraine’s Olena Kolesnikova (Federation of Metallurgists) and Azerbaijan’s Nigar Ismayilzade (Ministry of Education) join the all-star line-up of speakers at the Torino Process conference. Check out the schedule HERE.