Forum on Technical and Vocational Education and Training organized by the Pacific Alliance and Canada begins

The event will be developed in four days and will be completely online.

October 15th, 2020. Today begins the “Intersectoral Forum on Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Good Practices and Policies in the Pacific Alliance and Canada”, which is jointly organized by the countries of the Pacific Alliance -Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru- and Canada, an observer country of the Alliance, and which will be developed online for the first time.

The forum, which corresponds to the third one held in the framework of the Education for Employment Program at the Pacific Alliance, EPE-AP, funded by the Government of Canada (Global Affairs Canada), aims at exchanging good practices, innovative policies or guidelines and sharing knowledge and experiences, in order to generate a dynamic and enriching regional dialogue among the participating delegations.

The forum also aims to strengthen the capacities of national and regional actors, to accompany the development and implementation of policies and good practices on the priority challenges of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) related to the development of competent human resources for the extractive sector.

In addition, it is an opportunity for a dialogue between public, private and civil society actors, in order to identify the challenges and priorities of TVET; reflect on good practices; identify good practices, policies and guidelines; identify key actors linked to TVET and the ES to contribute to the establishment of a sustainable dialogue and for the future planned activities of the Program.

Representatives from the public sector, the private/productive sector and civil society from the four PA countries and Canada, and the general public are expected to participate as the sessions will be completely open.

The Third Forum has been divided into four days between October 15th and November 5th, where the topics will be: Panel A: Inter-Level Articulation: Qualification frameworks, labour skills certification, passability, previous learning and regional articulation; Panel B: Linking TVET and the Productive Sector: Diagnosis of the labour force, mechanism of articulation, revaluation of TVET and use of technologies; Panel C: Quality Assurance:Assessment of learning, distance education and practice modalities such as dual education; closing with a working session in subgroups of interest per country and topic.

EPE-AP Program

The Education for Employment Program at the Pacific Alliance (EPE-AP by its acronym in Spanish) is funded by the Government of Canada (Global Affairs Canada) with a contribution of 16 million Canadian dollars. Implemented by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), the Canadian association of technology institutes, the Program is regional in scope and has a duration of 6 years (from July 2016 to September 2022).