Global Statement Workshops

The World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) hosted a series of workshops as part of its development of the Global Statement of Professional Technical Education and Training (PTET). These workshops offered a key opportunity for participants to share their perspective on the role that professional technical education and training plays in their country and influence the development of our Global Statement.



Making training accessible for everyone – June 28, 2021 (10:00 am EST)

The pandemic has created new inequalities in access to training, particularly digital learning, building on existing inequalities where barriers exist for women, those with disabilities, those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and older workers in accessing training. The recovery provides an opportunity to reduce those inequalities by increasing access to training. This workshop will discuss the ways that training providers, employers and governments can make training more accessible. Making training more accessible could mean changing the curriculum to enable shorter courses, changing the setting to reach more of the excluded, or something else – we want to hear your examples, plans or thoughts.

Support for entrepreneurs, innovation and small businesses – June 30, 2021 (6:00 am EST)

Small businesses have often been able to adapt swiftly during the pandemic. Many countries anticipate a growth in small businesses, through entrepreneurship and innovation, as a way of building back better in the recovery. This workshop will focus on how professional and technical education and training (PTET) can support those entrepreneurs and small businesses. Do you know of examples in your setting, or are planning new types of training for this group? Do you have thoughts on how PTET can support innovation in specific sectors or settings? Join us for this workshop.

Retaining and/or reframing digital learning – July 13, 2021 (10:00 am EST)

Digital learning has seen significant growth around the world in the last 18 months with most countries closing schools and asking children and young people to learn from home. This has been particularly challenging in vocational and technical education as practical training settings closed their doors to stop the spread of the virus. In recovery, what should we keep, and what should we leave behind, from the digital learning developed for the pandemic? Are there great examples you want to tell us about, or plans to reshape the curriculum to incorporate more digital learning? And what do learning providers need from employers, governments and others to deliver these changes? Join us in this workshop to discuss these questions.

What future jobs should training be for? – July 15, 2021 (6:00 am EST)

The recovery from the pandemic provides an opportunity to reshape national economies and global demand. There are many questions on future jobs: will more working from home in future make local high streets rather than cities a place for growth; will developed countries start to reshore middle-skill jobs and what does that mean for countries losing those jobs; how will green and sustainable jobs grow around the world? In thinking about these questions, how can professional and technical education and training (PTET) provide the best opportunities to train for these future jobs, and what differences might exist between country plans across the world? Join us to discuss how countries, employers and training providers can train young people and adults for future jobs.


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