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The conference, co-hosted by the BILT team and the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, featured 460 participants logging in from 91 countries, including representatives from the African Union Commission, the European Commission, and the Ministries of Education of Ghana and Germany.
In addition to the plenary and breakout sessions, there were plenty of opportunities for networking and interaction among participants. Recordings of each session and other materials are available in the online platform, in addition to graphic designs created live during each plenary and breakout session.
Development of NQCs is a multi-stakeholder endeavour
Experts and TVET practitioners from Africa and Europe shared promising practices for the identification of new qualifications and competencies, their integration into curricula and training regulations, and their implementation in teaching and training.
In the approaches presented, key elements of success included governmental support and securing the buy-in of social partners. In addition, accommodating the interests of employees and employers in the design of curricula and training regulations helps ensure labour-market readiness for TVET graduates and demand-driven character of TVET qualifications.
Against the backdrop of the preliminary findings of the NQC guides currently being developed by the BILT project, the conference explored some of the challenges related to the ‘Three I’s’ process. Common hurdles were identified in the African, Asian and European TVET settings, such as the need to create formal communication channels so TVET providers can inform other stakeholders once new qualifications and competencies have been identified.
The need to offer intermediary exits to the labour market is another major challenge related to make curricula more flexible and appealing. Furthermore, the involvement of social partners in the teaching and learning practice should happen under a ‘social responsibility for competencies’ logic.
The third BILT conference on new qualifications and competencies in TVET in 2021 is scheduled for 7-9 December 2021 (tbc). It will bring together TVET stakeholders from all over the world and will feature the full findings of the BILT expert group on the Three I’s: identification, integration and implementation of new qualifications and competencies.
The session explores innovative practices that address the themes of digitalization, greening, entrepreneurship and migration, highlighting relevant aspects related to the identification, integration and implementation of new qualifications and competencies.
This session's objective is to highlight and synthesize the main learnings from the four initiatives and their discussion. It aims to explore how Europe and Africa can benefit from each other’s experience regarding the identification, integration and implementation of new qualifications and competencies in TVET.
Moderator: Ms Margherita Roiatti, Senior Research Fellow, Fondazione ADAPT, Italy
The process of identifying, integrating and implementing new qualifications and competencies has greatly evolved as a multi stakeholder endeavor. Social partners, including the private sector, have an active role in this process which goes beyond addressing skills shortages and immediate manpower needs. Companies, as members of business associations and the community, have been constantly adapting to the disruptions and contributing to the development of new qualifications and competencies. This session aims to look at the perspective of private sector in preparing the workforce of the future.
This session will walk you through examples on how public private partnerships in TVET can contribute to quality assurance in the process of identification, integration and implementation of new qualifications and competencies.
Moderator: Mr Wilson Lima Junior, UNESCO-UNEVOC
Join this session to learn from ATTC’s principal how collaboration with international companies helps to deliver relevant training. A representative from Knauf Ghana, seasoned ATTC partner, will bring the perspective of the private sector.
Moderator: Ms Vera Hark, BIBB
Integrating 4IR in the national curriculum: The Cisco Networking Academy in South Africa. Join us to find out how the Department for Higher Education and Training (DHET) and Cisco collaborate to make South Africa’s TVET system and the country’s workforce fit for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Moderator: Ms Natalie Ax, UNESCO-UNEVOC
Ms Dora Francisca Edu-Buandoh, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Coast, Ghana, on behalf of Mr Johnson Nyarko Boampong, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Mr Oliver Diehl, Deputy Head of Division 'Innovation in Vocational Training' at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany
Continuing on the “three I’s”, three parallel breakout sessions delve deeper into the processes of identifying, integrating and implementing new qualifications and competencies. Each session – conducted in parallel – explores essential elements of the process and presents examples from TVET systems that can serve as a starting point and inspiration for stakeholders in other contexts.
Objective: wrap up the event and look at the next steps for the BILT project until December 2021; highlight the existing opportunities for TVET institutions from across the globe to engage in the project’s activities.
Blue Room, Info session 1
How to submit an ‘Innovation and Learning Practice’
Ms Alexandra Filippova, Programme Assistant, UNESCO-UNEVOC
Orange Room, Info session 2
UNESCO-UNEVOC's online tools and services
Mr Max Ehlers, Team Leader for Knowledge Management and IT, UNESCO-UNEVOC
Green Room, Info session 3
International cooperation at University of Cape Coast
Mr Kwaku A. Boakye, Dean of International Education, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
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