Vocational Education, Employment Promotion and Vocational Guidance
At IP Consult, we aim to cement Vocational Education and Training (TVET) into the context of the wider educational system through its direct link to the labour market. To enhance and improve existing TVET systems, we take into account established structures, institutions, human and organizational considerations, such as the level of general education, for example.
IP Consult looks for ways to help improve initial training, further and advanced training, retraining or rehabilitation, in order to promote the development of the whole sector. The support strategy focus may vary, for instance, based on the results of a needs assessment. It may concentrate on individual capacity building or institutional development, on strengthening linkages between education and the private sector, or on developing education in a specific technological field.
Often training of teachers is a key factor. It is also critical to understand existing traditional, informal training systems if promotional measures for crafts and trade occupations are to be designed successfully. The organisation of TVET could be school-centred, in-company-centred, cooperative or informal in nature.
We consider the following factors to be strategically significant for success:
- orientation towards the demands of the labour market and adaptation to economic, educational policy and societal developments,
- the coordination of promotional measures with downstream and upstream educational levels,
- the participation of private enterprises, especially SMEs,
- the facilitation of transition into work through vocational guidance and job placement,
- the targeted promotion of the informal sector/low-skilled workers and disadvantaged population groups,
- cooperation between the state, employers and employees, especially regarding the definition of national educational standards.
Our services include the following:
- Advisory assistance in the restructuring of national systems for vocational training in the formal and informal sectors.
- Consulting services for drafting and introducing cooperative forms of training in industry, craft and agricultural sectors.
- Supporting training and technology centres in the identification of required technology levels, in the development of curricula and supporting infrastructure
- Certification of trainers and in the establishment of business innovation centres.
- Assisting state organisations to further develop vocational guidance services and supporting the sometimes difficult transition from being an authority to being a provider of services to citizens.
- Contributing to appraisal and planning missions for projects and programs dealing with vocational training, vocational guidance, and technology transfer as well as the scientific fields of metrology, standardisation, testing and quality management (MSTQ).