The first of a series of up to 5 online ‘webinars’ planned for the extension phase of CAEP 2 was held on 4th July. In order to make efficient and effective use of existing funds, and to enable the participation of a wider audience, webinars are considered to be not only an add-on to previously held face-to-face meetings, but as genuine forms of sharing best practice and facilitating policy dialogue at practitioner level.
The topic of the first webinar was “The role of Sectoral Councils in CA and the EU in the context of National Qualifications Frameworks”. 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, provides a significant contribution to the development of VET and HE alike. In this context, Sectoral Councils (SeC) play an important role in aligning employers’ needs for a qualified workforce with the overarching approach to provide a coherent system of qualifications. Although SeC had already been addressed during various CAEP events, Central Asia stakeholders had expressed interest in further, practice-oriented discussion on the working principles and tasks of SeC.
The webinar was co-organised by CAEP and the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan “Atameken”. Experts from CAEP and ETF were joined by participants from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and the EU Member States Latvia and Poland, representing Ministries of Education and Labour, state agencies; business associations, chambers, companies; education practitioners HEI and VET institutions and international and donor organisations.
Prior to the webinar a set of questions to be addressed during the webinar had been collated by the experts from inputs from all the CA countries – these then provided the background for the presentations.
Following an introduction to the webinar from the CAEP Team, the moderators then presented a map mind of these 26 questions which participants could use as points for discussion. Examples of functioning Sectoral Councils in Kazakhstan, Russia, Latvia and Poland were then presented and their impact on the development of NQF discussed. In addition, a specialist from the European Training Foundation presented an overview of the experience and lessons learnt by ETF through their work with Sectoral Councils through the Torino Process.
Throughout the webinar, opportunities were given for Q&A and at the end participants were given a practical follow-up task to complete, in which they were asked to draw up proposals for the creation and operation of a sectoral council in their sector considering the issues discussed during the webinar.
The agenda and downloadable materials can be found on the event page.
Further webinars on “Gender Equality in Education, “Innovative Teaching methodologies” and “Financing of education systems and institutions” are planned for the autumn.