A full return to pre-pandemic TVET policy and practice is unlikely, says a new report by @AoC_info published today at the @BritishCouncil #GoingGlobal2021 International Education Conference
The report by the British Council and authored by the Association of Colleges outlines how international technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is innovating and changing due to the challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic.
Based on research conducted in five countries (Ghana, India, Malaysia, South Africa and the United Kingdom), the report How are professional institutions innovating, evolving and changing in the wake of Covid-19? presents key insights for digital transformation, curriculum development and workplace learning.
Findings from the study of practices and perspectives in the five countries include:
- Only 6% of institutions say they will maintain pure face-to-face teaching
- 9 out of 10 have had to change their institutional policies since the start of Covid-19
- Just under half have changed their assessment methods for the future.
The change that was initially implemented as an emergency response to lockdowns and campus closures has generated effective and sustainable practices that suggest a full return to TVET policy and practice from before the pandemic is unlikely. The report provides recommendations for TVET policy makers and practitioners to consolidate temporary changes into more permanent policies in areas such as blended learning and teacher development.
The report also underlines that TVET is vital for international social and economic progress and that changes in institutional practices could have long-term sustainable benefits. However, pre-Covid-19 challenges in TVET remain, particularly with regard to student inclusion. TVET plays a fundamental role in the skills infrastructure of the five countries named in the report and the impact of the pandemic between technology, staff, students, employers and the program offers policymakers and governments l opportunity to reflect on the impact of digital transformation in TVET.
Dr Rossi Vogler, Senior Consultant Skills Systems, British Council, said:
“The British Council is pleased to present its latest research findings to policy makers and practitioners to support TVET reform in the aftermath of Covid-19 and encourage international collaboration. The report provides encouraging indications that emerging innovation can help reinvigorate TVET and contribute to a more resilient skills sector in the future, a sector so crucial to post-pandemic recovery and to economic and social prosperity. social inclusion more generally.
Emma Meredith, International Director, Association of Colleges, said:
“The presence of Covid-19 across the world has brought immense challenges but also innovations in the field of education and training. The shift to distance learning and changing practices have allowed institutions to experiment and evolve and raise the profile of TVET both locally and nationally. Policymakers and practitioners should incorporate the recommendations set out in this report into their recovery programs and long-term strategy for TVET.
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