East Asia and the Pacific

Vocational development is a lifelong journey and VET providers must prepare individuals for advanced occupational standards that have evolved from work-task based to work-process focused.

In a globalised economy, with complex production processes that spread beyond national borders, countries GDP depends, among other parameters, on its capacity to add value to the production chain. Consequently, highly skilled workers are needed in the workforce of a country that wants to take a share of those high valuable and most profitable processes.

The need to develop more highly skilled workers is a constant challenge for every nation's Government, to raise its economy, support social equality and provide better work opportunities for its population. But, what constitutes a highly skilled worker for today's industrial environment? The world of work has changed since the introduction of cyber-physical systems, and today's highly skilled workers must not only be competent in performing specific tasks, but must also have a broader understanding of work-processes.


Carmel Thompson Regional Vice President

Carmel Thompson is a highly qualified Vocational Education & Training (VET) practitioner with an extensive history of providing services to both Australian and International clients working in education. She has a Doctorate of Education, Masters of Education, Bachelor of Business in Accounting, Graduate Diploma in Social Ecology as well as several Diplomas in Training & Development and also Management.

Carmel has undertaken a number of projects with governments and policy makers in Jamaica, Ethiopia, the UK, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia and Indonesia. She is a past President of IVETA (serving as President from 2015 – 2017) and a current IVETA Global Ambassador.

Carmel has a passion for vocational education and training and a strong loyalty to IVETA where she has been a member since 2004. When recently the Vice President for East Asia & the Pacific resigned Carmel agreed to stand in until the next Executive Committee Elections and is committed to supporting the IVETA Team to modernise and upgrade their website, practices and thinking. She feels there has never been a period in history when reforms in the workplace, technology and work ready graduates have ever been so sorely needed to enable governments and business leaders to make the right decisions to guide us through this period of change.

Carmel’s favourite statement is: “The IVETA Family extends around the globe and together we can all play an important role in providing work and dignity for all”.


The dynamics of qualifications

Changes in the qualification profiles of workers is one indicator of changes in the supply and demand for education and training. VET qualifications are now more frequently held in many occupations which previously required no post-school qualification, and many that previously required VET, now require higher education. 

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Preparing for the future of work

Countries in the Asia-Pacific region are responding to public expectations and concerns about the future of work to define strategies and policies in reaction to the transformations seen to be changing the world of work. Among the “mega trends” driving these changes are rapid technological changes, demographic shifts and climate change.

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Education, Skill Training, and Lifelong Learning

Rapid technological progress is now resulting in skills depreciation faster than it did in the past, calling for better skills management throughout workers’ lifetimes. Findings from the studies particularly in labour and demographic economics can shed light on new directions for lifelong education policies.

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Skilling the Australian workforce for the digital economy

Digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics and automation are transforming the world of work. Developing the appropriate digital skills in the workforce is an important component in Australia’s effort to compete in this rapidly emerging global digital economy.

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Countries in the Region:

Below you can access to online repository information developed by UNESCO-UNEVOC, aimed at providing concise, reliable and up-to-date information on TVET systems worldwide.
  • Indonesia
  • Myanmar
  • New Zealand
  • Tuvalu
  • Kiribati  Palau    
  • Tonga
  • Korea,Dem.Rep.
  • Papua New Guinea        
  • Vanuatu
  • Japan                   
  • Lao PDR               
  • Philippines
  • Vietnam