Workshop D.

How can VET policies address social cohesion?

Speakers

Barbara Rambousek, Senior Economic Inclusion Specialist Office of the Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Ofer Rimon, Director, Science and Technology Administration, Ministry of Education, Israel Oya Coşkunöz, Owner, Coşkunöz Holding, Bursa, Turkey

Moderator Lida Kita, ETF

A complex and challenging set of global circumstances confronts countries around the world – from the double-edged sword of globalization to the local dis-benefits created by labour market exclusion. Vocational education and training (VET) and skills are a key part of any response to these challenges.

Enabling ‘social cohesion’ is made more complex by the range of different contexts and meanings that the term evokes. However, from a VET and skills perspective, the focus is on tackling the link between skills and prosperity of individuals, groups and territories. Such an approach stresses access to skills for all and the interaction between VET systems and the labour market.

Evidence shows VET can make a significant contribution to addressing this link. Participants will discuss how to connect skills with prosperity through access, social mobility, digitisation, the socialisation process, civic participation and equity.

Questions

VET policies and practises that promote inclusive growth and cohesion at national, local, and school level?

Highlight examples of scaling-up success stories to avoid common pitfalls.

Should VET policies and practices focus on ‘business as usual’ or a rethink of VET systems to meet global skills challenges and demands?