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| The ASEAN TVET Council Work Plan 2021-2030

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This Work Plan aims to guide ATC in carrying out its mandate through activities in the period of 2021-2030. Those activities are designed to achieve the target outcomes in six priority areas stipulated in the Terms of Reference of ATC.

Relation to other ASEAN Commitments
  • ATC acknowledges that the advancement of TVET in the region is a result of multiple stakeholders’ initiatives at local, national and regional levels. Therefore, this Work Plan does not stand alone but it builds synergy with other TVET -related ASEAN commitments.
  • ATC takes into account the following ASEAN commitments pertaining to TVET in this Work Plan:
    • Roadmap of ASEAN Declaration on Human Resources Development for the Changing World of Work (ASEAN HRD Roadmap)
    • ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework (ACRF) Implementation Plan
    • SOM-ED Work Plan 2021-2025
    • SLOM-WG Work Plan 2021-2025
    • ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for SME Development 2016-2025

Activities highlighted in green colour are those that will involve ATC. Some of them are planned in other ASEAN documents and will involve ATC as a lead body or contributing body (pending decision among the sectoral bodies listed). Other activities that are not highlighted are planned in the work plans of SOM-ED, SLOM-WG and ACC-MSME. Those sectoral bodies have not decided on whether ATC will be engaged in all or some of those initiatives. Nonetheless, those activities are included in the ATC Work Plan for information and synergy of work.

Work Plan Time Frame

While the overall timeframe is 10 years, the projects and activities in this Work Plan are staggered into two periods of 2021-2025 and 2026-2030. The ATC shall prioritise its resources for the implementation of projects and activities in the first five years. This Work Plan is a living document that can be updated by ATC in the future based on consensus among ASEAN Member States. A mid-term review of this Work Plan will be conducted in 2025. During the mid-term review, ATC may wish to adjust the existing initiatives and/or initiate new initiatives as necessary to support ATC in carrying out its mandate, objectives and functions as stipulated in the Terms of Reference. The mid-term review will take into account the post-2025 TVET-related initiatives in the aforementioned ASEAN documents.

Relation to other ASEAN Commitments

The monitoring and evaluation framework of the ATC Work Plan will be aligned with that of the ASEAN HRD Roadmap and the aforementioned sectoral bodies as a reaffirmation that regional achievements to be made by ASEAN on TVET are not the results of this Work Plan alone. Implementation of ATC-led activities in this Work Plan will be reported by the lead countries during the annual meetings of ATC.

OUTCOME 1

STRENGTHEN LABOUR-MARKET ORIENTATION THROUGH EFFECTIVE USE OF LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION AND INSTITUTIONALIZED COOPERATION AND LEADERSHIP OF BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY IN TVET

1.1 Enhanced Labour market information systems and skills forecasting for the 4IR and other emerging trends


1.2 Increased participation of business and industry in standards development and training delivery through defined/established public-private cooperation formats/mechanisms (e.g. skills training, apprenticeships, dual training, and internships)


1.3 Strengthened research and innovation in TVET

OUTCOME 2

IMPROVED DIGITAL READINESS, RESILIENCE TO DISTRUPTIONS, AND ABILITY OF TVET SYSTEMS AND TVET INSTITUTIONS TO ADAPT AND RESPOND TO EMERGING TRENDS

2.1 Approaches for lifelong education and skills development, re-skilling, upskilling and soft skill, with a view to be adaptable to new technologies, changing demand and future of work


2.2 Enhanced digital competencies/capacities of TVET systems and TVET institutions / skills development centres inemploying alternative/flexible modes of TVET delivery, including assessment and certification

OUTCOME 3

ENCHANCED CAPACITY OF TVET PERSONNEL (POLITICAL DECISION - MAKERS, MANAGERS, TEACHERS, INSTRUCTORS, AND TRAINERS AT SCHOOLS, CENTERS AND IN COMPANIES)

3.1 Regional or international exchange programmes for TVET personnel (e.g., political decision- makers, managers, teachers and trainers at schools and in companies)


3.2 Strategies to attract the competent teachers, instructors, and trainers to join in TVET

OUTCOME 4

IMPROVED IMAGE AND STATUS OF TVET AND INCREASED DEMAND FOR INITIAL AND CONTINUOUS TVET PROGRAMMES IN AND ACROSS AMS

4.1 Promote lifelong learning and adoption of Recognition of Prior Learning


4.2 Promotion of TVET as a viable choice of education through demonstration of earning potentials and career development


4.3 Promotion of quality assurance


4.4 Promote up-skilling and reskilling for all

OUTCOME 5

SUSTAINED AND EFFECTIVE ATC AS AN INSTITUTION IN THE REGION

5.1 ATC organizational development process


5.2 Establishment of ATC digital platform for cooperation, knowledge exchange (researches), and sharing of best practices


5.3 Communication Plan for Advocacy

OUTCOME 6

HARMONIZED TVET POLICIES/FRAMEWORKS TO IMPROVE THE WHOLE ASEAN TVET ENVIRONMENT

6.1 Promotion of mutual recognition and skills


6.1.1 Strategies for harmonization and development and dissemination of regional standards


6.1.2 Sharing information about the network of TVET qualification framework, accreditation, and assurance agencies, as well as information about TVET institutions and accredited training programs to support mutual recognition of TVET qualifications among AMS


6.2 Promotion of skills competition (e.g., ASEAN Skills Competition) as a mechanism to align skills and qualifications in the ASEAN