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KLI Employment & Labor Brief No. 100 (2020-07): Directions and Challenges of Vocational Education and Training Policies in Response to COVID-19
KLI Employment & Labor Brief No. 100 (2020-07): Directions and Challenges of Vocational Education and Training Policies in Response to COVID-19
  • Table of Contents

    Table of Contents

    . Introduction

    . Impact of COVID-19 and Current Responses

    . Strategic Response and Policy Challenges

    IV. Conclusion

     

    Summary

    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought significant challenges to the operation of vocational education and training (VET) policies. Similar situations can be observed in other countries. According to the ILO-UNESCO-WGB Joint Survey, currently as of 15th May, it was found that 114 out of 126 countries surveyed were temporarily closing their VET programs.
    In order to spread non-contact training, at the same time the education technology (EdTech) industry must be nurtured and support systems need to be reformed. At the present it is crucial to focus on VET policies that support SME’s innovative growth based on skills and technological capabilities and to reform the existing retraining for job transfer system in response to the industrial restructuring that has been in progress before COVID-19. In addition, since the demand for training for the unemployed is expected to increase from the pandemic, it is necessary to prepare in advance for such demand and to expand support especially for VET for youth such as the Work-Learning Dual System through easing eligibility requirements.
    In order to spread non-contact training, at the same time the education technology (EdTech) industry must be nurtured and support systems need to be reformed. At the present it is crucial to focus on VET policies that support SME’s innovative growth based on skills and technological capabilities and to reform the existing retraining for job transfer system in response to the industrial restructuring that has been in progress before COVID-19. In addition, since the demand for training for the unemployed is expected to increase from the pandemic, it is necessary to prepare in advance for such demand and to expand support especially for VET for youth such as the Work-Learning Dual System through easing eligibility requirements.​