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Pathways to Skills
efareport unescoon 11 October 2012
Transcript of Pathways to Skills
Many are without these skills: 200 million young people today aged 15-24 years never completed primary school. Many more will not have completed lower secondary. Upper secondary school should strike a balance between technical, vocational and general subjects.
Young people continuing in education at this stage will also learn transferable skills. 200 million young people who missed out on formal education when younger urgently need a second chance to learn basic literacy and numeracy so they can find decent work. For those who have dropped out of school, or come through second chance programmes, there must be alternative routes for them to acquire the skills they need for work.
These routes include, amongst others, traditional apprenticeships – learning a trade with a mastercrafts person in carpentry, hairdressing and so on; or through farmer field schools for those in agricultural work Those taking alternative routes to learn skills must have their qualifications recognised in accordance with nationally-agreed frameworks, and be offered the chance to cross back into formal education Not only is prioritizing skills and education important for the fulfillment of the individual, skills are a wise investment. $1 invested in skills and education pays back at least tenfold in economic growth. Transferable skills are not learnt from textbooks. They include the ability to solve problems, communicate ideas and information effectively, be creative, show leadership, and demonstrate entrepreneurial capabilities. People need these skills to be able to adapt to different work environments and so improve their chances of staying in gainful employment. Many jobs require specific technical know-how, from growing vegetables to using a sewing machine, or being a nurse.