How to Incorporate TVET in High School
Many high schools in various countries have realized the importance of offering technical and vocational education and training (TVET) to high school students.
Why all of a sudden this interest? Parents, students, and educators have seen the success of students who went for technical courses compared to those who opted for academic education. The pay increased tremendously for first-time job seekers who have technical skills. I remembered my former boss telling me how her kids' contemporaries who went to College did well in the job market compared to her kids, who went to universities.
The future of work won't be about degrees but skills. I was at dinner with parents who told me that their daughter decided no longer to take advanced degrees, but a series of certifications. This daughter is highly successful in her current career. She knows what is going to be the future of the job market.
The interests of students must, however, be an element in choices. Only when the person opts for what is meaningful to them would they become a success. So, what would be a useful intervention in education?
One critical intervention schools can do is open the students early on to both academic and technical courses. What is happening now in some schools offering both streams is that they make the students choose the particular stream they want to pursue. However, there is no career counseling in many of these schools to help students identify the specific stream they want.
Each stream has a different curriculum set, and they don't mix or intermingle, making those taking technical and vocational education feel like second class citizens in the school.
Getting funding for career counselors will be difficult. Changing the curriculum is such a hassle. Working on the traditional mindset of many educators seem like an uphill challenge. So what, then, could schools do?
There are many things schools can do creatively to respond to the need to help students see where they are most suited.
I am sure that you have your own ideas on how schools can integrate technical and vocational education in their existing curricular and non-curricular activities. Please feel free to share in the Comments below.