February 20-24, 2023
Pattaya Technical College, Chonburi, Thailand
Colombo Plan Staff COllege (CPSC) and Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC)
The in-country program is designed for College Directors / Deputy College Directors / Assistant College Directors, Administrators, Teachers/instructors / lecturers, and educational persons related to TVET Authority one way or either way.


The 21st century has changed people's lives, especially communication and education. The technological tools and platforms that have emerged in recent years have resulted in very complex and demanding social, economic, and academic lives, completely different from previous ones. These changes and characteristics of the new century require individuals to possess new skills, which are mostly referred to as 21st century skills. In education, students need to acquire and develop these skills because they should be ready to meet their demands when they graduate. Integrating 21st century skills into educational institutes requires a thorough process. The demand for educational institutes to equip students with 21st century skills create challenges in pedagogy and assessment. Therefore, this process requires careful planning. Curriculum, professional development, and assessment are central factors that need to be taken care of for successful implementation.

It is also important that in 21st Century skills are the combination of skills with abilities and learning dispositions that have been identified as being required for success in 21st Century society and workplaces by educators, business leaders, academics, and governmental agencies. This is part of a growing international movement focusing on the skills required for students to master in preparation for success in a rapidly changing, digital society. Many of these skills are also associated with deeper learning, which is based on mastering skills such as analytic reasoning, complex problem solving, and teamwork. Its effects on the workplace, and thus on the demands on the educational system preparing students for the workforce, have been significant in several ways.

Fourth Industrial Revolution set a new momentum in the training and development sector. The revolution brings new exciting opportunities and solutions to global challenges such as automation of industrialization. It will also produce new jobs that have yet to be invented. The critical challenge for skills development is serious skills mismatches despite growing investments in TVET. Thus governments, educators, and policy maker alike must ask questions about how they can prepare present and future TVET to thrive in this digital world. Technical and Vocational Education & Training in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (TVET 4.0) is a complex, dialectical and exciting opportunity that can potentially transform society for the better. The fourth industrial revolution is powered by artificial intelligence and it will transform the workplace from tasks-based characteristics to human-centered characteristics. Because of the convergence of man and machine, it will reduce the subject distance between humanities and social science as well as science and technology. This will necessarily require much more interdisciplinary teaching, research and innovation in TVET.

Therefore, TVET stakeholders in the Asia Pacific region have to set new initiatives and make efforts to integrate 21st Century skills and develop digital competencies in TVET to address IR 4.0 needs and produce globally competitive graduates and meet the needs of the 21st Century.

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) must properly prepare their students to live and work in the 21st Century. This preparation includes providing students with important skills needed in the 21st Century and IR 4.0. Thus, this is very important to make the 21st century skills and components of IR 4.0 an integral part of TVET curricula. TVET must put great efforts to improve the skills of the 21st Century to produce graduates of quality TVET programs aiming for high employability. Thus, CPSC is organizing the regional program to impart necessary concepts, integration processes, and guidelines to incorporate the very essential components- 21st century skills and components of IR 4.0 in the TVET system.

Alternative instruction models and techniques need to be resorted to for the effective teaching and integration of 21st Century skills. This encompasses learning through inquiry, collaboration, creation, communication, and problem-solving. Technology needs to be used in project-based learning. Regarding technology integration, students will have different learning needs at different times of their lives, and technology can help them customize and personalize learning. Teachers and education personnel, therefore, need to develop the skills and knowledge in the 21st Century skills for teaching management before starting their classes.


The participants are expected to:

  • Understand the concept of 21st Century Skills and IR 4.0
  • Discuss the importance of 21st Century Skills for TVET
  • Gain knowledge, experience, and skills on 21st Century Skills in developing and designing the curriculum for TVET students
  • Integrate the 21st Century Skills for TVET into the teaching and learning management of TVET
  • Encourage and develop the 21st Century Skills to be suitable for employability in the future
  • Be familiar with the vocational pedagogy to deliver 21st Century Skills and IR 4.0
  • Develop curriculum framework incorporating 21st Century Skills and IR 4.0
  • Be familiar with ICT #&38; digital technology to integrate 21st Century Skills and IR 4.0 in TVET

Expected Outcomes

The Participants are expected to gain more knowledge experience of 21st Century Skills for TVET in developing and designing the curriculum for TVET students as the 21st Century skills are tools that can be universally applied to enhance ways of thinking, learning, working and living in the world. The skills include critical thinking/reasoning, creativity/creative thinking, problem solving, metacognition, collaboration, communication and global citizenship.

Program Contents

To achieve the objectives set forth, the following strategies will be employed in a consultative nature:

Theme Papers #&38; Presentations on the following:

  • Theme Paper 1: TVET Institutes Management for Global Competitiveness
  • Theme Paper 2: 21st Century Skills and IR 4.0 for Global Competitiveness #&38; Innovation in the TVET
  • Theme Paper 3: Developing a Curriculum Structure Integrating 21st Century Skills
  • Theme Paper 4: TVET Digitization for Global Competitiveness
  • Theme Paper 5: IR 4.0 to TVET 4.0
  • Theme Paper 6: Excellence of Leadership for Change Management through PDCA Cycle in TVET

Workshops #&38; Activities:

  • Workshop 1: Understanding and Analyzing TVET Institute Image Building with 21st Century Environment through SWOT analysis
  • Workshop 2: Creating Competency-Based Training (CBT) by integrating 21st Century Skills
  • Workshop 3: 21st Century Skills Delivery in Real-Time Classroom

Seminar on “21st Century Skills for Sustainable TVET”

  • Session 1: TVET with 21st Century Skills #&38; the VUCA World
  • Session 2: Green TVET #&38; The National Economy
  • Session 3: TVET Digital Management in 2030
  • Session 4: Open Forum

Program Facilities

To conduct the program smoothly, the following facilities are required:

  • Laptop computers (preferably participants to bring their own laptop)
  • Internet Connection (LAN/WAN)
  • Audio and Video Equipment
  • Multimedia Projector and Projection Screen
  • Flipcharts and large papers (for brainstorming activities)
  • Pens/Markers

Program Management

Program Supervisor (CPSC) Prof. G. L. D. Wickramasinghe
Director General
Colombo Plan Staff College
Bldg. Blk. C, DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue Pasig City 1600, Metro Manila, Philippines
Email: [email protected]

Program Supervisor (OVEC) Acting Sub Lt. Thanu Vongjinda
Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC)
Ministry of Education
Ratchadamnoen Nok Rd., Dusit Dist. Bangkok 10300, Thailand
Email: [email protected]

Program Coordinator and Resource Person Engr. Dr. Mian Khuram Ahsan
Senior Faculty Specialist
Colombo Plan Staff College
Bldg. Blk. C, DepEd Complex Meralco Avenue Pasig City 1600 Metro Manila, Philippines
Email: [email protected]

Local Coordinator Mr. Laksasak Yangsaman
Acting Director
International Strategy and External Relations Division
Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC)
Ministry of Education
Ratchadamnoen Nok Rd., Dusit Dist. Bangkok 10300, Thailand
Email: [email protected]