Modernizing Vocational education

The future is “blended”: strengthening digital TVET in Ukraine

Like many countries around the globe, by the beginning of 2020 teachers in Ukraine were thrusted into a new reality. Education shifted to e-Learning almost overnight. Looking back, one major lesson from school closures is, that well-designed e-Learning can be a meaningful complement to face-to-face learning. It diversifies education delivery, appeals better to different learning styles and this enhances learning transfer. While TVET students are now gradually returning to school, it is clear that e-Learning is here to stay. Blended learning – the combination of face-to-face with e-Learning - will become the “new normal” in education. To support the continuity of learning during the pandemic and to modernise TVET beyond the duration of the pandemic, in June 2020 the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine asked ILO Budapest for support in developing quality e-Learning solutions for TVET.

News | 30 July 2021

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What is the challenge?

School closures and lock-downs were particularly hard for TVET providers, as practical training is difficult to replace with e-Learning. The sudden change did not leave much time for systematic teacher training, lesson planning and e-Content development. Only a few TVET schools and teachers had systematically applied e-Learning before the pandemic and those with no prior e-Learning experience suffered the most - and with it the quality of teaching and training for young people.

How is the ILO helping Ukraine to apply e-Learning in TVET?

In close coordination with the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science, the ILO project E-TVET in Ukraine: Training continuity and modernization during COVID-19 and beyond embarked on an e-Learning support journey that virtually goes across Ukraine:
  • Innovative digital learning materials are being developed for four occupations, in collaboration with TVET schools and Methodological Centres in four different regions. In the future, cooks, car mechanics, electricians and tailors will be able to learn with interactive e-Learning modules, training videos, 3D animations and virtual simulators.
  • 45 TVET instructors and methodologists from all 24 regions of Ukraine and Kyiv, as well as Social Partner representatives were capacitated during a 6-week e-course, to strengthen their capacities to plan, develop and facilitate e-Learning and applying interactive and learner-based approaches. The course will be repeated in autumn 2021, with the aim of transferring it to the Ministry of Education and Science by the end of the project.
  • In addition, frequent webinars were organised to reach a larger pool of TVET schools and methodologists, on topics such as skills needs anticipation, human -centred approaches for e-Learning and the use of open-source software. The webinars proved to be highly popular and were organised jointly with the European Training Foundation (ETF) and UNICEF.
  • A national e-Learning platform for TVET is currently under development. Once completed, it will host digital learning materials for a large number of TVET occupations and give TVET instructors the opportunity to exchange educational materials and experiences.
  • In collaboration with Social Partners, e-Learning courses on gender equality for HR managers and on soft skills for young Trade Unions activists are being developed.
  • An instructional game on Rights for Youth at Work will be launched in September, to inform young people in Ukraine about their labour rights, using the principles of gamification.

What are the expected results?

The project will have an impact on a broad audience of TVET practitioners and reach the following goals:

  • Regional Methodological Centres, TVET teachers and trainers across the country are – and will continue to be -  capacitated in designing and improving E-learning and digitalising curricula and in supporting TVET schools in their digitalisation efforts, in 24 regions and in Kyiv.
  • The capacity-building course for teachers and trainers on E-learning will be transferred to the Ministry of Education and Science and a team of Ukrainian tutors for this course will be trained. This will make it possible to multiply the training across the country, with a potential of benefitting around 35,000 TVET teachers and trainers in 708 TVET schools, 325 experts from 25 regional methodological centers, ultimately reaching 239,800  TVET students.
  • State-of-the-art interactive E-learning materials are developed and will be launched in four TVET schools for students in four occupations (car repair, cook, electrician, tailor), directly reaching around 800 students. Once published online, these materials will be available for use by all TVET schools in Ukraine, benefitting ca 67 000 students enrolled in these occupations.
  • The use of multi-media videos, 3D visualisations and learning simulators will increase the learning transfer and the impact on learning retention. The simulators, which will be available to students via smart phone apps, will increase experiential learning for the use of specialised equipment.
  • A National e-Learning platform will be developed, enabling all 708 TVET institutions in Ukraine to share and use e-Learning and multi-media materials for e-Learning and blended learning;
  • Social partners will be able to offer better services to their members by offering them e-Learning opportunities, e.g. for young Trade Union leaders for improving their soft skills and for companies on enhancing gender equality through their HR practices.
  • TVET graduates and youth in general will learn about their labour rights through the instructional game on Rights for Youth at Work, which will be widely promoted among schools and media.
Around 239,800 young people attend TVET in Ukraine in 2021. This project will help to compensate their learning losses during the pandemic, increase learning benefits for future TVET students and create a better awareness about their labour rights.