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Torino Process: Kazakhstan Update

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Year/Date: 08/06/2016 ETF

In the latest round of the Torino Process Kazakhstan is ahead of the pack! The Central Asian country is fine-tuning its draft report in the lead-up to the 2017 international conference. We caught up with national experts Alima and Dinara for a Q&A during their week-long visit to the ETF.

Q. You are here visiting the ETF for a week, what's the focus?

We are here to consult with the best VET experts in the world! Kazakhstan is one of the first ETF partner countries to finish the draft report. We are here to consult, improve and finalise it.

Q. You made a similar visit to the ETF in 2015, what did you learn?

The visit helped us to speak in one language with the experts, and raise the potential of our national team which has taken ownership of the reporting.

Q. What developments have been taking place in VET since you started the Torino Process?

We have a high level of political support for the Torino Process. We have seen the introduction of entrepreneurial learning specifically for VET. Another development has been in career guidance, traditionally this has been a weak area in our education. We have also been developing partnerships with employers.

Q. At the Torino Process National Coordinators' Meeting in February, Kazakhstan set a goal to involve more stakeholders. How is this going?

Following the meeting we established a working group with stakeholders from enterprise, VET schools, ministries and more! We have agreed which stakeholders are responsible for what data, and they are collecting it. After all, it is not only our work to gather the data. The working group is helping us to speed up the reporting!

Q. You helped facilitate an online Torino Process meeting with Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova and Israel this week.  What messages do you have to other ETF partner countries?

Just start writing the report, and do it on your own! Taking ownership helps you to see, as a national team, your strengths and weaknesses, the gaps, the developments, and gives you a push to get going. And don’t forget to involve stakeholders – this is critical!

Alima Ibrasheva and Dinara Alimkhanova are from the Technical and Vocational Development Department of the Information Analytical Center. The think-tank falls under the national ministry of education and science.