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Technical vocation education and training (TVET) institutions can miss opportunities to provide access to quality training and jobs when they are disconnected from the private sector and don’t fully comprehend local firms’ needs, available positions and emerging sectors. They may also not understand the interests, priorities, educational backgrounds or life skills of the workforce.

The goal of OCAT TVET is to assist TVET institutions in assessing the 13 critical elements for effective organizational management and identifying areas that need strengthening or further development to serve the workforce and people without jobs or training. This tool provides TVET institutions with a set of criteria to assess their capacity to provide demand-driven technical vocational education and then define needs-based capacity-building improvement plans.

Strengthening TVET institution is vital, especially in conflict zones, insecure areas and recovering communities where unskilled, poor or socially disconnected youth and young professionals may lack critical skills needed for employment and self-employment. This can prolong recovery or make communities more vulnerable.

By implementing the OCAT TVET tool, Creative aims to break this negative cycle by employing a holistic systems approach to sustainably strengthen the TVET system and empower the workforce with job-focused life skills, work-readiness skills and soft skills that they need to become resilient, capable employees and entrepreneurs.

Creative’s strategy recognizes that preparing young people, especially at-risk youth, to become contributing members of their communities requires an expanded private sector role in TVET and enhanced collaboration among TVETs. Youth must have access to high-quality, relevant technical training, including soft skills and life skills, and differentiated support for those at a higher risk levels, including psychosocial and family support to meet their unique needs.