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The Engineering of Vocational Education and Training

— theme: Competency-based training, TVET system
— country: Other Countries
— type: Guides

This is a comprehensive Guide to all aspects of VET.

The Ministère de l’Éducation du Québec
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At the end of the 1990s, two large international forums organized by the International Organisation of the Francophonie (Bamako, 1998) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) (Seoul, 1999) highlighted the importance of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in the socioeconomic development of countries and the fight against poverty and social exclusion. The recommendations ensuing from these two forums also allowed the two organizations to ensure that their intervention strategies and action plans supported the governments of their respective member countries in their efforts to renew their national policies on TVET.

In 1998, Québec had the privilege of being closely associated as a technical partner with the organization of the Assises francophones de la formation professionnelle et technique held in Bamako. It also helped implement the ensuing action plan adopted by the heads of state during the 8th Francophone Summit in Moncton in 1999 (renewed at the 2002 Beirut Summit).

The conceptual framework and the thematic notebooks on the engineering of technical and vocational education and training are part of Québec’s contribution to this action plan. With widespread distribution in countries of the Francophonie, these tools have been used as the reference framework for the implementation of a broad intergovernmental partnership program involving close to 50 countries in six regions of the world. The Agence intergouvernementale de la Francophonie also relied on the framework to create the Base des savoirs francophones (BSF) (database of francophone knowledge), which is designed to actively support, through the Internet, the member countries in their exchange of expertise and in their reform and development initiatives related to TVET.

More recently, UNESCO, through its International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, UNESCO-UNEVOC, has shown interest in using this framework to support its international efforts, in particular the management of knowledge in vocational and technical education and training. Québec is pleased to share its expertise by making this framework available to UNESCO-UNEVOC in English, French and Spanish. In this way, Québec will be contributing to the improvement of the vocational and technical education systems of numerous
countries. It will thus continue its commitment to the countries of the Francophonie to support international cooperation in vocational and technical education on a multilateral basis worldwide.

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