There are numerous challenges facing TVET in the 21st century. Some of the challenges are digitization and automation of economies and societies. Therefore, all forms of education and training must keep pace with advancement in knowledge and technologies common to the user societies. Some of the common changes requiring adaptation and modifications in education and training are the rise in the volume of data generated, expansion in Internet connectivity, the emergence of analytics and power to operate businesses as well as other activities supported by artificial intelligence and augmented-reality systems. Other TVET realities today are issues of quality and access as well as the need to develop skills that can outlast the shifts in the world of work.
As stated by OECD (2013), the demands for skills shift towards more sophisticated tasks suggest that individuals with poor 21st century skills are more likely to find themselves at risk of unemployment and social exclusion.
This conference will, therefore, provide participants the opportunity to refocus their TVET delivery systems to meeting the demands of the current shift in knowledge and skills with the overall goal of evolving the best practices that can address current challenges in TVET.