Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) generally has the dubious position of being the poor cousin in relation to higher education.

Students and their parents look at TVET options as the last resort if a university place of their choice is not available.

Governments throw money to build ever-expanding universities yet grudgingly acknowledge that TVET institutions are a necessity without the same level of commitment or investment.

But the fact is that TVET skills create new businesses and gene­rate employment. The world runs on TVET skills in virtually all industries and sectors.

While some countries are starting to realise the importance of investing in and building up this area, many others place less importance on it in their quest to become ‘developed’.

The world runs on TVET skills in virtually all industries and sectors

‘Revaluing TVET’ is the title of the first regional conference on vocational education and training (VET) in Malta which will is being organised by International Vocational Education and Training Association (IVETA) Europe. It will be held from May 9 to 11 at the db San Antonio Resort and Spa, St Paul’s Bay.

The conference will seek to redress the imbalance in the views of TVET across the different stakeholders, including parents and students themselves.

It will be addressed by speakers from all over the world. This presents participants a unique opportunity to learn from the experience and knowledge from leading international practitioners and academics.

The conference will be opened by Education Minister Evarist Bartolo. Other local speakers include permanent secretary at the Education Ministry Frank Fabri and Prof. Joaquim James Calleja, head of Mcast and current president of CEDEFOP.

The conference is being co-organised by Mater Boni Consilii St Joseph School, Paola, and Warnborough College, UK.

For more information e-mail Kenneth Vella, head of Mater Boni Consilii St Joseph School, on materbon@gmail.com or visit the conference website below.

http://www.warnborough.net

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