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UNESCO Bangkok Study on School-to-Work Information Bases in Asia-Pacific

Photographer: Roger, Dominique © UNESCO

06.05.2011

With the cooperation of the UNESCO International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (UNESCO-UNEVOC), UNESCO Bangkok is currently conducting a thematic study on the information infrastructure supporting education-to-work transition in selected developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

The rationale for the study is underpinned by the importance of accurate and reliable information as the starting point of successful TVET policy.  Specifically, the study aims to (1) examine existing information bases related to the education-to-work transition process in selected developing countries of Asia and the Pacific; (2) identify key barriers to the development of these information bases, and; (3) identify possible areas of intervention for UNESCO and other related organisations. The study’s deliverables include nine detailed country studies (Lao PDR, Cambodia, Vietnam, Mongolia, India, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Philippines), a workshop to present findings to stakeholders and discuss implications for TVET policy development in September and a synthesis report to be published in booklet form by the end of this year.

A school-to-work (S-t-W) information base refers to a set of policies and practices that collect and provide information related to the skills needs of employers and the labour market situation of school leavers.  These information systems seek to enhance the relevance of technical and vocational education (TVET) and ultimately increase the employability of TVET graduates.