In the First Ministerial Meeting of Ministers for Education in Riga in June 2015, Ministers agreed that enhanced cooperation with stakeholders, including social partners and enterprises, provide a significant contribution in the development of VET and HE alike. In this context, Sectoral Councils (SeC) play an important role to align employers’ needs for a qualified workforce with the overarching approach to provide a coherent system of qualifications. SeC have been addressed during various CAEP events, however, CA stakeholders expressed interest in a further, practice oriented and pragmatic discussion on the working principles and tasks of SeC. Therefore CAEP will organise a webinar on “The role of Sectoral Councils in CA and the EU in the context of National Qualifications Frameworks”, with a duration of 2,5 hours. The project very much appreciates the readiness of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan “Atameken” to actively contribute to the webinar and to co-organise it.
This activity aims at improving the cooperation between business, state and education institutions by continuing and further deepening the discussions on the setting-up and working of Sectoral Councils in the context of SQF and NQF. This includes:
- To address “Sectoral Councils” (SeC) as relevant institutional element for involving companies and business associations in contributing to the development of relevant and practice-oriented NQF reps. SQF
- To present one-good practice each from CA and from the EU for a well-working SeC and its impact on the development of (or adaptation to existing) NQF, respectively Sectoral Qualifications Frameworks (SQF)
- To present the institutional setting, working procedures, content of discussions and decision making processes of SeC to contribute to the process of NQF/SQF development
- To discuss still existing shortcomings and ways how to overcome them
- To provide a short summary of main discussion points of the webinar at the end (moderator) and in writing as follow-up to the event.
- Set of questions identified and shared among participants prior to the webinar
- Webinar conducted for up to 15 participants from each CA country, representing Ministries of Education and Labour, state agencies; HEI and VET institutions; business associations, chambers, companies; education practitioners; international and donor organisations
- Up to 5 presentations with good practice on work of SeC held
- Moderated discussions based on set of questions held
- Summary of discussion points and preliminary results and recommendations shared among participants
- Experience, lessons learned, best/good practices shared, mutual understanding/learning enhanced.
- Evidence-based policy approach improved.