The Opinion of the Private Sector
During the session on how the private sector is seeing TVET, Mr Chris Dwyer, Head of Education in South East Asia at SAP, showed on the example of SAP that in many industrial branches the demand for skilled workers is much higher than the actual supply. He introduced the concept of 'social learning', which refers to the trend that people learn best socially - meaning when they are in a group. Mr Dwyer showed how SAP wants to make basic SAP skills more accessible for young people by presenting an interactive app.
Later on, Ms Kerstin Nagels from GIZ and Mr Phovanh Chanthavong, Director General of the Department for Skill Development and Employment of the MoES, joined a panel discussion with Mr Dwyer.
Ms Nagels appreciated the efforts of SAP: 'SAP is a well chosen example to show what company involvement can do for vocational education'. Next to such major economic players as SAP, Ms Nagels emphasised the importance of promotion of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME) to further promote a skilled workforce.