Enhancing the quality of TVET in a lifelong learning perspective
From 25 to 27 April 2012, the FOCUS Education and Training - an Istanbul-based training provider for youth and adults - organised the “International Conference on Vocational Education and Training and Lifelong Learning” in Istanbul, with the purpose of bringing together governmental organisations, industries and TVET colleges, to elaborate a strategy to improve the quality of TVET (TVET = technical and vocational education and training). A total of 160 participants from Canada, Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Turkey as well as from international organisations participated in the conference.
To strengthen the role of TVET as an integral part of lifelong learning, and to present a broad view on enhancing the quality of TVET, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning provided input on the nature of learning and on some key issues of enhancing the quality of TVET in a lifelong learning perspective. These were further addressed by the open debates at the conference. Key issues relating to the reform of TVET include (1) the increase of flexibility of TVET programmes, (2) the development of key competences, (3) the development of two-way pathways between TVET programmes and general education, as well as higher education, (4) the improvement of the effectiveness of teaching/learning, (5) the recognition of the outcomes of all forms of learning, and (6) the development of a national qualification framework.
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