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Labour markets and the private sector

To avoid a disconnect between the skills required by the labour market and the training on offer, employers need to understand the education system, the skills of its participants and the relevance of their qualifications in the workplace.

In the UK aid-funded JOBA programme in Mozambique, we are catalysing and brokering linkages between employers and non-state training providers to help get young people into work. In addition, the programme aims to establish a National Association of Non-State Providers to facilitate group interactions between the government and the private sector.

Many technical and vocational education and training (TVET) systems are limited by a chronic mismatch between the supply and demand of labour.

This can only be addressed by effective engagement with employers and a sound understanding of the labour market and its needs. This includes engaging with the private sector, which is playing an increasingly prominent role in direct TVET provision and thereby linking labour force supply with demand.

We understand the importance of building relationships between public and private sector stakeholders, and know that political and relational aspects of delivery are as important as technical excellence. We encourage and support employer engagement and public private partnerships (PPPs) in our TVET programmes. PPPs are increasingly viewed as critical for fostering education-industry links as private providers are able to access large numbers of employers and large sums of public funds. Our expertise spans a wide range of technical and sectoral areas including: sector-specific programmes in water, construction, agriculture, logistics and oil & gas; global research studies; and large comprehensive TVET, skills and employment programmes.

We also work to bridge the skills mismatch by increasing the availability of and access to relevant information, for example through labour market information systems (LMIS) and skills gap analyses. We have been successful in generating such information and developed LMIS in India as part of our support to the government in implementing their National Policy on Skills Development. Similarly, in Yemen we have conducted a labour market needs assessment and developed a strategy to link secondary and post-secondary education with labour market needs.

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