ILO and key stakeholders review and validate new reports on Lebanon’s TVET system

The reports on the accreditation of private skills training providers and on testing and certification practices will contribute to strengthening the governance of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training system in the country.

A workshop was held virtually, bringing together the ILO, tripartite constituents, and key national and international stakeholders to review and validate the findings and recommendations of two reports that seek to contribute to strengthening the governance of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system in Lebanon.

The workshop was attended by TVET representatives of the Ministries of Education and Higher Education, Labour, and Agriculture, the National Employment Office (NEO), the National Vocational Training Centre, the Association of Lebanese Industries (ALI), the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture, the National Federation of Worker and Employee Trade Unions in Lebanon (FENASOL), and the General Confederation of Lebanese Workers (CGTL). It also included other partners working on the national qualification framework, such as the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the European Training Foundation (ETF) and UNICEF, as well as local and international NGOS, and private schools in TVET.

Officials discussed the findings of a report on quality assurance and accreditation systems of both formal and non-formal TVETs in Lebanon, which analyses existing quality assurance mechanisms in TVET and highlights key strengths and weaknesses, with a focus on private TVET providers. It provides recommendations on enhancing quality assurance in TVET based on global good practices.

The session also reviewed a second report on skill testing and certification systems of accredited TVET programmes, which examines existing skill assessments and associated certification systems implemented by public and private TVET institutions and providers in Lebanon, and proposes a revised quality-assured testing and certification approach for the TVET system in the country.

These reports are part of efforts being implemented by the ILO to strengthen governance, certification and the accreditation functions of the Lebanese Technical and Vocational Education and Training system.

In 2018, the Government of Lebanon, with the support of UNICEF and the ILO launched the National Strategic Framework for Technical and Vocational Education and Training. One of the key weaknesses identified in the current TVET system, was quality assurance, with assessment, certification, and accreditation systems requiring improvement to assure the quality of TVET provision and better signal graduate competencies to employers.

The outcome of the reports will be linked to policy actions and activities within the coming years, serving as a basis for modelling a quality assurance and accreditation framework and system for public and private TVET providers in addition to efforts towards establishing sector skills councils. These efforts support assuring that the education and training that is provided to learners in Lebanon, including the assessment and certification of it, is of good quality and which equips learners with relevant skills needed in the modern and ever-changing labour market.

The reports are supported under the framework of the Partnership for improving prospects for forcibly displaced persons and host communities (PROSPECTS). Funded by the Government of the Netherlands, PROSPECTS brings together the ILO, IFC, UNHCR, UNICEF and the World Bank to support displaced populations and host community members in eight countries, including Lebanon, under three key pillars: education, employment and protection.

Under the education pillar in Lebanon, the ILO is focusing on improving the quality of market relevant skills trainings and certifications in agriculture for Lebanese citizens and Syrian refugees, as well as strengthening systems and enhancing institutional capacity to provide them.