- There is a need for institutions to change the way they train and examine or assess academics as they prepare them for the new realities of the world of work.
- An essential skill that young people need to be equipped with is effective communication and financial literacy.
- There is a need for training institutions, education regulators and other stakeholders to be on the same page about market needs and how to properly prepare trainees.
The world of work is changing rapidly and many of the rules that were taken for granted in the past no longer apply. This means that there is a need for institutions to change the way they train and examine or assess academics as they prepare them for the new realities of the world of work.
It also calls for the transformation of these institutions to improve their efficiency, service delivery and the quality of examinations that students, especially in higher education institutions, take on a continuous basis.
An essential skill that young people need to be equipped with is effective communication and financial literacy.
In the odd-job economy, they will especially need to manage financial transactions for themselves and their digital businesses, including online filing. This requires them to understand accounting, entrepreneurship, financial investment analysis and corporate governance in addition to their ICT skills.
For example, Kasneb has just completed a major overhaul of its programs to align them with emerging labor market needs and to equip its graduates with the skills and knowledge they will need to remain professionally competitive during and even after graduation. Covid-19 pandemic. .
Training institutions, education regulators and other stakeholders need to be on the same wavelength about market needs on the one hand, and how to adequately prepare trainees on the other. . This is why it is essential to change the mindsets of the professionals who train and review academics so that their thinking is aligned with what their stakeholders, including students, expect of them. The expected change concerns the delivery method of content and topic.
It is also important for trainers and examiners to understand that exams are not primarily intended to distinguish between academics who have studied well and those who have not.
Rather, they aim to bring out the best skills, abilities and aptitudes of each graduate so that they can perform optimally once their training is completed and the required exams are passed.
This is a major change in the way young people are trained and examined because it is not about creating winners and losers or failures but showing what areas interns are good at as they make their best contribution in their areas of specialization.
Such a change can only have a lasting impact if the curriculum and examination design process is participatory – bringing together training and examination institutions and labor market actors so that they can understand needs, expectations. and the obligations of each. And with the disruption caused by unforeseen developments like the Covid-19 pandemic, such collaborations are expected to make institutions more dynamic and responsive.
One way to achieve this is to adopt models of computer-assisted training, student registration and examination or assessment that take into account new realities such as the need for social distancing while ensuring the integrity of the system. training materials and exams.
Such reforms will also require young people to improve their computer skills so that they can easily register and access study materials and exams whenever they are offered. Such skills will come in handy even after graduation, as this is the new reality in many workplaces, including self-employment and entrepreneurship.
In addition to digital skills, it is essential that academics pursuing academic and professional qualifications are equipped with skills such as communication, creativity, critical thinking, citizenship or patriotism and training in ethics, interpersonal relationships and professional work. team to prepare them for the realities of the 21st century in and outside the world of work.
As research has shown, these skills are crucial in forming well-rounded citizens who see their contribution as part of a larger endeavor to make our world a better place.
With the opportunities opening up in agro-industry and agro-industry, it is also essential to encourage young people to adopt agriculture as a main or complementary activity and to approach it for the purpose of commercialization.
Agriculture has until now been viewed as a subsistence business and is hardly viewed as a business. As such, it was not subjected to the rigors of accounting, bookkeeping, and other business principles, but it would help young people to appreciate farming as a profitable business.
For those who are unable to seek training opportunities due to financial constraints, systems should be put in place, in partnership with institutions like the Higher Education Loans Board (Helb) to provide loans and grants at university levels, college and technical training so that no young people are left behind due to financial difficulties.
Such measures will benefit both the individual and the government as we will create a skilled workforce for the future which will also contribute to nation building through their work, their taxes and their investments.
Dr Letting ‘is the Managing Director of Kasneb.