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Final Workshop on Quality Apprenticeship and Lifelong Learning plus Project Conclusion Meeting successfully held online
During 9 and 10 December, the ILO project ‘Quality Apprenticeship and Lifelong Learning in China’ successfully organized the Final Workshop on Quality Apprenticeship and Lifelong Learning plus Project Conclusion Meeting online under the circumstance of the COVID-19. Around 160 participants attended the Workshop to enhance their understanding of core skills, green skill development and training of professional apprenticeship trainers. Participants from the government, sectors, enterprises and TVET institutions also shared key takeaways from project piloting and outlooks in the next phase during the Project Conclusion Meeting.
In the technical workshop, Skills and Employability Specialist Mr. Julien MAGNAT, Senior Researcher of Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training Dr. Silke FISCHER and National Project Officer Ms. Xian GUAN respectively delivered in-depth presentations on core skills, in particular green skills development from a global perspective. Senior experts in vocational training Dr. Matthias RISLER and Dr. Michael AXMANN presented good practices in apprenticeship in Germany, especially illustrating key competencies for professional apprenticeship trainers. Representatives from pilot enterprises and TVET institutions also demonstrated national good practices on how to develop core skills and how to become well-qualified trainers in apprenticeship.
In the conclusion of the project, Deputy Director-General of International Cooperation Department, MOHRSS Ms. Xiaoyan QIAN appreciated the project as a good platform to exchange global and national best practices in vocational training from different aspects. She also highlighted the necessity of further collaboration with the ILO in skills development for mutual learning. Deputy Director-General of Department of Vocational Capacity Building, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS) Mr. Feng TIAN summarized project achievements since the project inception in March 2020. In spite of the COVID-19 restrictions, the project conducted local piloting in four municipalities and one large sector and received active participations from 76 pilot institutions. Enterprises, training providers and local management departments systematically learned about the ILO tools in quality apprenticeship and strengthened their understanding of how to put lifelong learning in practice, which will be conducive to the development of Enterprise-based Apprenticeship with Chinese characteristics. Deputy Director of ILO CO-Beijing Mr. Xiaochu DAI said in future the ILO will continue to provide technical support and promote international exchanges in core skills, skills anticipation and matching, and skills for vulnerable groups in green economy. He reaffirmed that the ILO is determined to work with MOHRSS and social partners to consolidate the collaboration in skills development and lifelong learning.