What is TVET?
Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
TVET is an education, training or learning activity which provides knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant for employment or self-employment. TVET describes all kinds of formal, non-formal and informal training and learning wherever it occurs – institutes, schools, training centres or in the workplace/site of production.
In Vanuatu, TVET Centres are funded by the Australian Government, through the Australian Aid program. They provide flexible access to nationally accredited modular training and small business development services for people living in semi-urban and rural areas. A particular focus is placed on ensuring the equitable participation of women and people with disabilities.
The TVET Centres are developing new systems and approaches to better link training to economic outcomes for trainees. They are currently operating in three provinces, Sanma, Malampa, and Torba, which were selected by the Government of Vanuatu following a competitive selection process in which all provinces participated. The TVET Centres are positioned within the governance structures of the Ministry of Education and Training. The national TVET policy states the aim to have TVET Centres in each province in Vanuatu.
The Centres work within the regulatory framework of the Vanuatu Qualifications Authority (VQA) and existing local processes. The TVET Centres are locally managed and operate as the service delivery mechanism for the TVET sector under the Ministry of Education and Training to ensure a coordinated and decentralised approach to skill development for economic growth. They coordinate and finance a range of integrated training services delivered by local registered training providers and industry experts.
Local training providers are able to access the Centres’ Employment and Training Fund (ETF) to deliver nationally recognised demand-driven training in line with provincial development priorities.