Recommendations on further TVET support

Dec 15th, 2015

Three speakers, coming from development agencies and from the private sector, discussed further ways of TVET in the ASEAN region.

Moderator Jost Wagner (elft) and the 3 panel speakers (from left to right): Mr Siebel, Ms Heimburger and Mr Kwon
Mr Tae-Myun Kwon from KOICA

Mr Tae-Myun Kwon, Vice President of KOICA, emphasised South Korea's high engagement in supporting the TVET sector in ASEAN. KOICA already dedicates already about 40% of its budget to the ASEAN region and 70% of KOICA's programmes focus on education. 'We do as much as possible in the TVET area', Mr Kwon stated and he announced that KOICA plans more programmes especially for young women.

Ms Christine Heimburger from KfW

Ms Christine Heimburger from KfW focused on TVET financing. 'In the ASEAN region, TVET financing is unfortunately not easy and our goal should be to make it easy', she stated. As most TVET systems are chronically underfinanced, the involvement of the private sector in TVET financing is crucial. In this regard, she suggested using approaches that combine SME financing with TVET financing.

Mr Juergen Siebel from Siemens

Dr Juergen Siebel, Head of International Business of Siemens' training department, turned the attention back to the image problem of TVET. It should not be the case that TVET is seen by the public as 'Second class education for second class kids'. TVET needs more positive advertisement and public recognition. As a representative of the private sector he also addressed the 'first mover' problem of companies in the region that want to engage more in TVET. There is the risk that a company 'invests' in a student who may be later headhunted at the end of his training by another company. But this is a risk that exists everywhere in the world and should not be a reason for a company to not invest in TVET at all.

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