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Developing skills for employment

A skilled workforce that meets the demands of a country’s labour market is central to its economic and social development. We help reform the institutions that deliver training, and support the development and delivery of the curricula.

In Yunnan province, China, we have developed competency-based training curricula and teaching materials. This initiative enabled us to address the quality and relevance of TVET programmes in project schools, generating skills that better respond to labour market demand.

Training providers and regional institutions and planners play a crucial role in building productive technical vocational education and training (TVET) systems that equip the future workforce with the right skills to promote economic growth.

There is growing recognition that focusing purely on the technical aspects of training (i.e. specific skills required for a given trade or industry) is rarely sufficient for sustained employment in the current global economic climate. Institutions must work closely with employers and policymakers to ensure the curricula and qualifications they provide are relevant to the world of work and transferable. The long-term sustainability of any reform depends on the functionality and capability of these institutions.

Our experience in work-relevant training comprises institutional capacity building and curriculum development. We address institutional development by:

  • establishing the current capacity gaps and resources available
  • conducting training to develop local capacity, including at a management level
  • building effective partnerships with industry and employers
  • identifying performance criteria and monitoring

Developing curricula

Our work on curriculum development, delivery and assessment focuses on coordinating with national qualifications frameworks and competency standards, where they exist, and matching curricula to desired skills outcomes. We also support the development of secondary school curricula that integrate skills for employment and allow for a smooth transition to further education or training.

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