Soft Skills Development of TVET Graduates in the Age of IR 4.0

PROGRAM CODE: 19-20/WEB18 (Webinar)
DATE AND TIME: 19 May 2020
9:30am Afghanistan | 10:00am Maldives, Pakistan | 10:30am India, Sri Lanka | 10:45am Nepal | 11:00am Bangladesh, Bhutan | 11:30am Myanmar | 12:00nn Thailand | 1:00pm China, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore | 3:00pm Papua New Guinea | 5:00pm Fiji
TARGET GROUP: Teachers, administrators and practitioners of TVET

Webinar Presentations

PresentaionFocuses of 21st Century Skills
by Ramhari Lamichhane, PhD


Background

The webinar topic is Soft skills development of TVET graduates in the age of IR 4.0. As Technical Education and Vocational Training has globally been recognized as the most effective tool for increasing employment and poverty reduction. The shortage of skilled workers for the international and local industry is increasing day by day. Almost all TVET Institutions in the region are contributing at large to address this shortage of skilled workers. There is no doubt on the hard skills acquired by the graduates passing out from these institutions. Unfortunately, as per the feedback from employees, it is a known fact that productivity and the efficiency of them is not up to the expected levels.

The one of the main reason for this is the lack of soft skills. Soft skills are a combination of people skills, social skills, communication skills, character traits, attitudes, career attribute, social intelligence and emotional intelligence quotients among others that enable people to navigate their environment, work well with others, perform well, and achieve their goals with complementing hard skills. A study conducted by Harvard University noted that 80% of achievements in career are determined by soft skills and only 20% by hard skills.

On the other hand, With the rise of Industry 4.0, uniquely soft skills like people skills, social skills, emotional intelligence , creativity, empathy, problem-solving, and communication are more important than ever. The World Economic Forum in its Future of Jobs Report identified the top10 skills required in the future which is mostly soft skills.

Therefore, it has become essential to find means and ways to equip graduates with the soft skills necessary prior to send them to the industry, not only for the to perform better but also to survive in the industry. On the other hand, the shortage of Technopreneurs has become a challenge in developing countries. Reluctance of the graduates to look for alternate routes other than employment, or to be self-employed, is also because of the lack of related skills. This paper discusses the need to provide sufficient time and material in TVET curricula to enhance soft skills of TVET graduates in the age of IR 4.0.



Focus

This Webinar on “Soft skills development of TVET graduates in the age of IR 4.0” aims to provide an online training platform for CPSC member country’s participants; to understand the necessity of soft skills for TVET graduates; and to discuss what soft skills set is required how TVET institute can incorporate modules to mitigate the soft skills gap of TVET gratdute.

Objectives

  • To understand the importance Soft skills development of TVET graduates for global competitiveness
  • To discuss what soft skills set is required in the age of IR 4.0 for TVET graduates


Facilities Required

To join the webinar, each participant should have the following:

  • Minimum 2Mbps Broadband Internet
  • Desktop/Laptop Computer or Mobile Device with Earphones and Mic
    • Chrome Browser or any HTML5 Compliant Browser
    • Google Account (Gmail) for Hangouts Meet