Engaging the Business Sector in VET: Working Tool for Policy Dialogue and Project Design

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Part 1: Study

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Part 2: Questionnaire

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Online Questionnaire

1re Partie: Étude

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2e Partie: Questionnaire

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What is the Purpose of the Working Tool?

The working tool reveals how the relevance, quality and attractiveness of VET can be increased by an (enhanced) engagement of the business sector. It includes two parts:

  • Part 1 (Study) offers a theoretical overview on where, how and under what conditions the private sector can be involved.
  • Part 2 (Questionnaire) enables you to transfer key elements of the study to your work. It facilitates systematic analysis, planning and further development of your VET project and ideas.

What Does Part 1 (Study) Provide?

The study

  • explains the goals to be achieved by VET and why cooperation with the business sector is essential. In addition, it provides information on particularly relevant framework conditions;
  • defines within the so-called ‘reference framework’ different areas of (enhanced) engagement;
  • offers useful hints for the implementation of the presented elements within a project, including a catalogue of arguments for dialogue with the business sector.

What is the Purpose of Part 2 (Questionnaire)?

The questionnaire supports you in applying the considerations of the study to your own project. In addition, it helps you to structure the dialogue and negotiations within project teams or with partners from the business sector, ministries and other stakeholders. The web-based version of the questionnaire allows you to enter your answers quickly and subsequently provides you with a summary of the data.

Who Benefits from the Working Tool?

The working tool supports donors, project collaborators and other players in the field of development cooperation in their policy dialogue and in the implementation of VET projects and programs.

Who is Behind the Working Tool?

The working tool has been developed by Prof. Dr. D. Euler (Institute of Business Education and Educational Management, University of St. Gallen), on behalf of the Donor Committee for dual Vocational Education and Training (DC dVET).

Offer to DC dVET Members and Projects

The Donor Committee offers the possibility to discuss the completed questionnaire in the frame of an advisory (long-distance) talk with the DC dVET Secretariat and a technical expert.


Voices from the Field

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Usha Bhandari, PhD, Senior Program Officer, SDC Nepal
  • I think the questionnaire is a very valuable instrument for approaching the analysis of the current TVET schemes, especially when working with new countries.
  • The questionnaire is not that long, it includes very relevant questions, that would have been super useful to have when we first approached countries in Latin America. The questions can be applied to most countries.
  • The term “informal apprenticeships” could be explained more in detail, because it was not clear what it includes.
  • I congratulate Prof Euler and the team for developing this tool. I look forward to applying it in new countries.
Maria-Victoria Fazio, Labor Markets Specialist, Labor Markets and Social Security Division, IDB Washington
  • The private sector plays a crucial role for demand-driven and practice-oriented TVET. Where there is little experience with cooperative TVET systems convincing arguments are needed to highlight the benefits TVET can provide to companies.
  • Arguments that address the costs and benefits of TVET in a comprehensive manner enable development advisors to talk “business” with the private sector.
  • DC dVETs study offers such practical arguments. GIZ’s BuildSkills project has adapted these arguments in its advocacy paper “Return on Investment or an Investment without Return” to the Pakistani context illustrating them with experiences of local companies. Additionally, a comparison of the differences between the German and Swiss TVET system is also displayed. The paper shows how companies can gain benefit from engaging in TVET.
Teresa Töpfer, Advisor, Global Project Build4Skills, GIZ Bonn

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