Research into the Financing of TVET in the Pacific

Client Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) / Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Year 2012 – 2015

The goal of the this research project was to analyse existing systems for financing TVET in seven Pacific Island countries (PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Kiribati), identify key cross-country financing issues and identify options through which future financing for TVET could be made more efficient and effective at both national and regional levels. The project compiled comprehensive reports on TVET financing systems in the seven countries and four overview papers have subsequently been developed from the research that provide concise data on TVET financing in those countries. Together, these documents provide data that is essential to informing effective national and regional post-secondary education policies in the Pacific. This data is of value not only to government officials and donors in the education sector, but also to officials and policy makers in the industry development and trade and labour market fields, with specific implications for departments of finance.

Scope Global worked closely in partnership with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to provide logistical and administrative support to the program across the seven Pacific island countries. Scope Global recruited and engaged national research consultants in each country to support the ACER engaged lead international research consultants. Further support provided included the organisation of in-country meetings and events; liaising closely with partner government agencies on program requirements and schedules; provision of in-country support including office space, accommodation and transport; and local program communications and outreach services in each country.

In May 2015 Scope Global organised and facilitated a forum in Nadi, Fiji which brought together key decision makers in the TVET sector from across the Pacific. The objective of this forum was to draw on the research findings to support and stimulate policy dialogue on how to improve the financing of TVET in the Pacific by drawing out and synthesising the key findings from the Research Program. The forum helped to disseminate the study to a broad regional audience – including policy-makers in education, labour and finance/treasury roles, industry, regional organisations and donors active in the Pacific – and to encourage policy dialogue and development.

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