This project addresses the ‘a fairer future’ theme of the Commonwealth Summit with emphasis on promoting the interests of the 60% of the Commonwealth’s population who are under 25. It is aimed to improve the employment prospects of young people, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, by piloting and introducing new approaches to employer led skills development.
Improving Work Opportunities For Young People in Commonwealth (I-Work)
By promoting good practice, partnerships and mutual learning between Commonwealth member states at a policy and delivery level, we will drive improved opportunities for youth whilst raising the knowledge and understanding of the Commonwealth and strengthening relationships with the UK.
The project will work in four ODA countries, Ghana, India, Malaysia and South Africa, but will disseminate the lessons and practice innovation across the Commonwealth. It will focus on two Strands which both have its own priority at Policy and Institutional levels: -
1. APPRENTICESHIPS STRAND
We will research, benchmark and provide Technical Assistance Project to improve the provision of apprenticeships in our target countries. Working with government TVET Authorities we will benchmark the current system, identify areas for improvement and design and deliver technical assistance projects to improve apprenticeship policy, management and delivery. These projects will aim to address skills gaps and will through lesson learning and policy dialogue will lead to sustainable improvement in teaching and learning for the long term.
The Apprenticeships Strand is currently in its implementation phase whereby the I-Work team in Malaysia had engaged with various Ministries and Agencies in completing an Apprenticeship Benchmarking Tool and held a Stakeholder Workshop, to select aspect/area to focus in the TA Project.
2. PARTNERSHIPS STRAND
We will convene TVET leaders and practitioners in five countries by bringing them together to work face to face in six clusters. Each cluster will have representatives of Ghana, Malaysia, India, South Africa and UK. Grouping in clusters will enable leaders and practitioners to focus on developing action projects to address two of the overall themes of the FCO Inclusion Fund:
- Creating guidance and piloting activity to develop ‘skills training centres’ in each country that will act as focal point hubs to champion responsive and inclusive skills provision in local contexts.
- Influencing policy and practice at national and regional levels through developing frameworks and piloting projects that innovate in employer-led education.
The progress for this strand is at its highest with six local TVET colleges has been selected to implement pilot projects. The leaders and practioners of each TVET colleges will attend a series of meetings in order to develop the pilot projects and ensure it will come to fruition.
Both Strands will work simultaneously and the results of the project will be shared at the National and International levels by March 2020.