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Closing the skills gap at the BTEC Forum 2019 in Kenya

Following up on the successful BTEC Forum 2019 that took place in Nairobi, Kenya last Thursday 22nd of March we are now launching this group as a platform to connect, encourage and share resources with all BTEC centres around the world.

Last week we talked about the crucial role of transferable skills in preparing students for the jobs of the future. 65% of children aged under 12 in 2015 will have jobs that do not exist yet*. As much as this is a global prediction, it was particularly relevant for Kenya since by 2035 Africa is expected to have the most youthful population in the world.

Throughout the day we heard international and first-hand local case studies that demonstrated how BTEC Students are acquiring these transferable skills that are so important in closing the skills gap through their vocational learning.

Critical thinking, problem solving, communication and self-management.. are just a few social skills that were mentioned, and as Eddie Connor, our Vocational Specialist, referring to the 'The Future of Skills' report put it: 'these higher cognitive and social skills will not only ensure that automation doesn’t take their jobs but actually, those with the skills will be creating them'.

The solution will only come when we effectively engage all the pieces of the puzzle. As an awarding body, we are currently bridging employer needs and working with educator providers to redevelop the BTEC International L3 and ensure the programmes meet the latest skills needs of universities and employers.

A big shout out to Marvin Owiti, Regional Development Manager in Eastern Africa, for organising the BTEC Forum. We hope that by continuing to host events and using platforms such as this one, we will build an international BTEC community where we can connect and exchange resources and information to enable us to tackle the skills gap together.

Comment on this post and encourage your colleagues and BTEC contacts to join this group and stay tuned as we will shortly be sharing the inspiring student testimonials we captured at the event showing how #BTECworks !


*World Economic Forum, http://reports.weforum.org/future-of-jobs-2016/chapter-1-the-future-of-jobs-and-skills/ 

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