In attendance were directors and tutors from 30 public and private companies, directors and personnel responsible for job placement from 10 vocational education institutions, a vocational education authority, and some former trainees and interns who benefited from the Skills to Build project.
On this occasion, they discussed the progress made in implementing the competency-based training model, the options for improving interaction between companies and technical vocational training institutions and consequently responding positively to the challenges of implementing curricular internships, which is an obstacle to many trainees finalising their training.
Collaborations between key players were reaffirmed to promote high-quality vocational education and training that meets employers' expectations and contributes to the country's development.
Speaking on the occasion, the professional qualifications manager at the National Vocational Education Authority. Ida Carrilho Alvarinho, said that the active participation of the public and private sector is essential to achieving quality training within this education subsystem, and that these players are key to implementing the work experience module and finalising technical vocational training.
The Country Director of Swisscontact, Regula Chavez-Malgiaritta, spoke of the importance of improving links between companies and vocational education institutions in order to provide young people with a high-quality learning experience and increase their competitiveness in the labour market.
Based on the situational diagnosis carried out at the end of the meeting, it was possible to collect information from the participants that shows that the objectives of the event were achieved. 100% of the participants agreed that the topics discussed would enable them to take a new approach to the process of competency-based training, internships and the professional integration of young people, and 100% of the participants agreed that the event was important for realising the possibility of the link between vocational education institutions and companies for the success of competency-based training and job integration.
This project is financed by the Medicor Foundation, Happel Foundation, and U.W. Linsi-Stiftung, among other donors. It is part of the Swisscontact Development Programme, which is co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).