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Apprenticeships in Asia and the Pacific: Findings from the Regional Training Workshop on Quality Apprentices for Asia and the Pacific

— theme: Apprenticeships and traineeships
— country: Asia, Pacific
— type: Reports

Quality Apprenticeships, Asia and the Pacifi

Author/Editor
ILO
Publishing Year
2019

This report provides information on the proceedings and recommendations made at the Regional Training Workshop on Quality Apprenticeships for Asia and the Pacific which was organized in Siem Reap, Cambodia during 10-14 December 2018.  The ILO and its International Training Centre, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of China, the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation joined forces to improve the employability of low- and middle-skilled workers in the region. The joint effort aimed to promote quality apprenticeship programmes as an effective means to provide young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with labour market relevant skills and exposure to the work environment and thus help prepare them for better employment opportunities.

Structured apprenticeship programmes are increasingly recognized as essential policy tools to facilitate the school-to-work transition because they combine directly applicable experience at the workplace with applied knowledge and skills that enable trainees to understand the logic behind the job they are tasked with, cope with unpredictable situations and acquire higher-level, transferable expertise. These programmes also give apprentices a chance to demonstrate their productivity potential to enterprises that might have been otherwise reluctant to hire fresh graduates. Apprenticeship programmes can thus present a crucial strategy to respond to the severe skills mismatch and the lack of interaction between the private sector and government institutions affecting the Asia and the Pacific region.

The Regional Training Workshop for Quality Apprenticeships in Asia and the Pacific was organized with aims to enhance mutual learning on quality apprenticeships and work experience measures to better assist young people in their transitions from school to decent employment. By the end of the course, participants gathered the following: (a) enhanced their understanding of the pre-requisites for quality apprenticeships; (b) shared country, regional and inter-regional experience on what works on quality apprenticeships and work experience measures; (c) identified key elements that constitute good practice in the development and implementation of quality apprenticeships and work experience measures; and (d) drafted action plans for the enhancement of quality apprenticeship programme.

This report not only records the meeting proceedings and findings but also compiled information from the country papers prepared by the following participating countries and provides a synopsis: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam.

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