In its vision to promote skills development, the International Labour Organization held a regional webinar that aims to introduce representatives of government and employers and workers’ organizations to sectoral approaches to skills development with a focus on role of Sector Skills Councils (SSCs). The webinar explores on SSCs, or equivalent, as an effective means of facilitating industry’s active participation in TVET. It presented best practices associated with the establishment and operation of sector skills bodies in the United Kingdom, India, and Denmark including key insights and lessons learned regarding SSC membership, structure, funding, function, and their contribution to improving skills and workforce development.
In the presentation on Sector Skills Bodies, it has been highlighted that countries that deliver good governance highly prioritizes its level of coordination to close the prevailing gaps that hinder the delivery of skills training and its availability for the labor market. There are several types of sectoral bodies; their roles and responsibilities vary; and their structures as well as degree of autonomy are very different. When effectively established in a country, sectoral bodies can provide a wide range of services related, but not limited to, labor market analysis, curriculum development, lifelong learning policies, TVET and skills issues, and managing government programs. The sectoral approaches to skills development bring together the supply and demand sides of skills systems. Moreover, sector skills bodies provide an institutional mechanism to engage with employers and workers at a sectoral level.
During the discussion, the difference as to how an SSC operates in UK, India, and Denmark proves that the model of SSC for every country depends on the capability of the councils themselves and on the needs of the country. It must be created in a way that it responds to the issues on the ground and bridges the prevailing skills gaps. Tripartite cooperation is very important in maximizing the benefits of SSCs and identifying the gaps. Funding is also another important matter for it will define the scope and limitations of SSCs. The government of a certain country may or may not allot funding for the SSC; therefore, making it necessary for SSC to acquire funding from another channel and make it self-sustaining.
The regional webinar was held on 29 September 2020 via the Zoom Application. ECOP was represented by Senior Advocacy and Communications Associate Neil Don Orillaneda, Advocacy and Research Associate Jhoyzel Nacisvalencia, and Training and Development Associate Marvin Renelle Rollo.
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