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Promoting lifelong learning

By promoting lifelong learning and improving national TVET systems we are helping governments to address the burden of unemployment and underemployment.

Increasingly volatile economic demands mean that many countries are seeking to reform their skills development systems and make them more relevant.

Reform is driven by concern for the large numbers of people who cannot access decent, sustainable employment or benefit from the opportunities that exist in their local economy. The burden of unemployment or underemployment disproportionality affects the most marginalised in society, necessitating a pro-poor and inclusive approach that will promote lifelong learning for all.

We support national governments and civil society partners to develop and implement policies and reforms that build inclusive, responsive and relevant national technical and vocational education and training (TVET) systems. We ensure there is sufficient institutional capacity to implement reforms – develop staff and establish systems for monitoring progress. This often includes the incorporation of national qualification frameworks, working with training providers, and engaging with employers and the private sector.

We have extensive experience delivering programmes to support lifelong learning and build effective TVET systems. In Rwanda, we have been heavily involved in re-thinking the governance of TVET and skills development, and strengthening the organisation and management capacity of the Workforce Development Authority. In India, we provided technical assistance to the government in their implementation of the National Policy for Skills Development.

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