Developing countries aim to secure economic growth and gain competitive advantage in order to move up the development ladders and alleviate poverty. In order to achieve these goals, employers need to have access to an adequate supply of labour, with the right types of skills, at the right time. Often, the vocational education and training systems cannot meet the needs of employers, neither in terms of quality nor quantity. Often, there is a mismatch between the demands of the labour market and the supply of workers. Developing countries are often unable to provide sufficient work for those entering the labour market. Many are therefore compelled to migrate to find work while, at the same time, positions remain unoccupied in the country.
The development of a flexible skills development systems that meet the needs of employers and provides an attractive pathway to young people, is a difficult task. CEI is experienced in responding to these challenges and has provided technical assistance to a number of government ministries and stakeholders around the world.
CEI has been instrumental in supporting the development of TVET strategies in a number of countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. This is one of CEIs recognised areas of expertise. We have developed approaches that ensure governments and national partners drive the process, and ensure that buy-in is obtained to subsequent implementation. We have also worked with government and stakeholders to establish sector skill strategies in a number of countries and help support their implementation. CEI have also developed policy frameworks for other areas of reform, ranging from quality assurance strategies to train-the-trainer strategies.