JAKARTA, 29 March 2017 – On 29-30 March 2017, the ASEAN Secretariat together with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für lnternationale Zusammenarbeit (GlZ) – on behalf of the German Government, are co-hosting the 5th Regional Policy Dialogue on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to highlight “Current Trends and Initiatives to Advance TVET in ASEAN” at Hotel Gran Mahakam, Jakarta.

Regional cooperation in Technical and Vocational Education and Training has gained attention from various stakeholders in Southeast Asia. In 2016, the Ministers of Education and the Ministers of Labour of the ten ASEAN Member States adopted the ASEAN Work Plan on Education 2016-2020 and the Work Plan of the ASEAN Senior Labour Officials Meeting (SLOM) respectively, which marked important milestones for TVET development at both regional and national level. In close collaboration with ASEAN Secretariat, GIZ, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, has been supporting regional harmonization and quality improvement in TVET through the RECOTVET programme since 2014.

Over the last two years, the RECOTVET programme has organised four Regional Policy Dialogues to discuss current challenges for TVET personnel development, quality assurance in TVET and the cooperation with the private sector in TVET. This regular high-level forum of policy makers and important stakeholders from ASEAN offers a unique opportunity for exchange and output oriented dialogue on TVET-trends and challenges, said Dr. Nils Geissler, GIZ Programme Director of RECOTVET.

Highlighting the key contribution of RECOTVET in TVET development in ASEAN, Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee stated that the programme is renowned for being able to bring and involve the chambers of commerce and industry federations from most of the ASEAN Member States in regional TVET discussions.

At this policy dialogue, participants will take stock of the programme’s achievements in the past years, reflect on the current initiatives for TVET personnel development and present an outlook for the coming years until 2020. At the centre of this regional dialogue is the presentation of joint initiatives and efforts that resulted from recommendations of previous Regional Policy Dialogues and Regional Working Groups facilitated by RECOTVET. The outcomes will support the endorsement of policy recommendations and reference frameworks by the ASEAN Senior Officials of Education and Labour in 2017.

About 50 senior education and labour officials, policy makers, key regional and national TVET actors including the private sector from Southeast Asia and experts from Germany will participate in discussions and exchanges on regional and national perspectives for TVET.