In response to emerging challenges such as globalization, regional integration, demographic shifts, technological advances, environmental concerns, as well as persistent inequalities and youth unemployment many countries around the world are reinforcing the capacity of their education and training systems to respond to the pressures of globalization and the challenges of the knowledge society. Then there is an expected need to replace or expand existing skills for a developing future and a need to create jobs opportunities, in particular for youth.
The purpose of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is to provide knowledge and skills required in the world of work. TVET systems tend to vary from country to country and reflect specific national socio-economic situations. Effective TVET programs must be embedded in the socio-economic context, encompass various policy areas and be sufficiently flexible to ensure graduates, successful transition from school to work. Skills are vital for poverty reduction, economic recovery, and sustainable development. Therefore, policy attention to technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is increasing worldwide.
In light of the 2030 Educational Agenda, vocational studies development needs a fundamental rethink and transformation to respond to the current and future skills requirements, including for example transversal and entrepreneurial skills in the education training policies and strategies. TVET thus equips people not only with vocational skills but also with a broad range of knowledge, skills, and attitudes recognized as indispensable for meaningful participation in work and life. Teaching and learning aids are constantly being developed and presented in almost every convention on vocational training. The translation of this innovation into the educational process is a very hard task, especially when it concerns youth programs like Apprenticeship and Industrial Vocational schools.
In Israel, TEVT takes two distinct forms – technological-scientific education and vocational-technical training. The scientific and technological tracks constantly modernized through Pedagogical Vocational Development Training Centres, which promote educational innovation up-to-date educational technologies and the acquisition of independent study skills in an e-learning environment.
The course designed by The Aharon Ofri MASHAV International Educational Training Center is aimed at directors of education departments at the Ministries of Education, principals, and supervisors of primary and secondary schools; educational staff at schools, training institutions, whose responsibilities involve the allocation of resources and development of educational policies. It is based on the vast experience the Israeli education system has acquired over the years in working towards an educational environment which contributive to sustainability and globalization.
*To encourage a wide dialogue and analysis of policy-making processes, of didactic and administrative aspects and of teacher training programs in the TVET field
*To analyze the place and role of TVET within national development
*To acquaint the participants with new concepts, methods, and tools regarding different skills towards TVET
*To present various educational projects and curriculum models used in Israel
*To share and exchange experiences and knowledge gained in the participants’ countries of origin
*To adapt the teaching environment to new approaches to technologies
*To acquaint participants with a variety of learning methods and applications
*To enable the participants to maximize the pedagogical tools in teaching and learning into TVET
*Policies in TVET Technology Teaching: How to adapt them in teaching planning to the socio-economic realities of the country
*Study and discussion about different areas and curriculum models
*Promote initiatives and specialized programs in schools.
*The use of teaching aids from simple and low-cost materials to modern and sophisticated instruments
*Develop teacher training systems and workshops together with industry