Part Time, Continuing Education (CE), Night School, whatever you want to call it , this form of learning is not only the hope for upgrading the workforce, but in cost recovery, CE is an education and training institutions most important market tool.
Naturally, its effectiveness as a revenue tool depends on how well you understand the market in your catchment area for learning and training. Think as widely as you can!
Talk to people in the Malls and in Industry. Find the HR Directors of local industry. Talk to your full time students about the interests in their families. There is a real bonus for imagination and brainstorming!
The development of a CE initiative can address a variety of objectives and bring about many benefits to a whiole range of stakeholders. Here are some:
1. Society in General
Beyond this, the key reason why you need to develop CE is to support the modernization of your economy which largely depends on the skills of your workforce.
Unless the existing workforce is re-skilled, business and industry cannot introduce the systems and technology that will lead to capacity, productivity and quality growth.
Besides, as technology in the workplace becomes more complex, you will have workers who will not be able to fill existing jobs or get better pay and this will eventually become a social problem you have to deal with.
Millions of unemployable with millions of open jobs which are out of reach is a recipe for revolution.
Therefore, the response of the TVET/Skills Development system at the Training institution/TVET institution level requires two clear sets of initiatives:
Beyond this, let me re-emphasize that CE is the most effective and efficient mechanism for institutional cost recovery and revenue generation.
It builds on existing faculty competence, facilities and equipment. It brings in highly skilled engineers and others as teachers who could never accept the low wages of full time teachers.
It is cost controlled at the course level, as no course is started if registration is insufficient to cover variable costs. Incremental costs are born, in whole or in part, by non-government sources.
CE has many hidden contributions to TVET as well. Fees can be set, course by course, in response to real cost and market demand. Seat management, like an airline. Hence, in popular areas, fees can be increased to offset a loss in revenue in less successful areas.
Equally, when full time day fees increase, CE programming allows students from poorer families to earn as they learn by fitting education around employment.
Acceptance of higher tuition might be dependent on the development of CE Credit alternatives. The longer most young people are away from their parents, the greater is their understanding that the economic outcomes of training outweigh the status and ego benefits of vague Degrees.