Vocational education is integral to the development of the region. Countries such as Singapore, Finland and Australia offer outstanding case studies of its impact on economic growth. It is, therefore, imperative for industry to continue regarding vocational training with a positive outlook, according to Richard Barrett, director, Consulting, Deloitte.
Barrett added: “Quality vocational education can provide an essential springboard for ambitious young people by offering practical skills and experience that employers value. Equipped with these skills, the youth can look forward to a promising career. However, it is imperative that vocational education remains flexible to help adults acquire new skills amidst the changing technology and economic landscape. Additionally, well-informed, impartial career advice and guidance is central to ensuring individuals make informed choices.”
Barrett’s comments came during a panel discussion titled “Is there a Future for Vocational Education in the Region?” The event was organised by Dubai Knowledge Village (DKV), a member of Tecom Investments’ Education Cluster, as part of the DKV Breakfast Club, a biannual networking event for decision-makers.