‘We need to of­fer big so­lu­tions for de­vel­op­ing coun­tries’

TES (Times Education Supplement) - - FURTHER -

“It’s clear that we need to do some­thing dif­fer­ent. We are go­ing in to of­fer train­ing for 10 teach­ers or other small-scale op­por­tu­ni­ties; we need to of­fer scal­able so­lu­tions that have a real im­pact on de­vel­op­ing economies. The mes­sage from us is to look be­yond the coun­tries that you are com­fort­able with, that you have been to be­fore, where there is a lot of com­pe­ti­tion.

“The Ger­mans have got a worl­drenowned TVET [tech­ni­cal and vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing] sys­tem. They spend a lot of time and money in dif­fer­ent coun­tries, telling you how good it is and how it’s the an­swer and they don’t have skills short­ages and eco­nomic prob­lems be­cause of their fan­tas­tic sys­tem.

“But it’s big and it’s in­flex­i­ble and it doesn’t work very well out­side cen­tral Europe, be­cause it re­lies heav­ily on em­ployer en­gage­ment – some­thing that’s not present in a lot of mar­kets.”

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