TVET in the UAE
The present and future of the UAE depends to a great extent on the development of highly skilled individuals. UAE has prioritized the development of vocational skills to respond to new technological changes and systems for improving productivity and performance. Accordingly, it is focusing on the following priorities:
- Developing vocational qualifications for UAE nationals, through implementation of the Emiratization project.
- Increasing the contribution of all parties involved in developing a high quality qualifications.
- Working on motivating individuals to develop their knowledge and skills.
- Maximizing the use of individuals' skills in the labor market.
- Recognizing skills and experiences of individuals and rewarding excellence
Because the UAE Government acknowledges the increasing importance of these initiatives in achieving international competitiveness, the federal mandate No. 1 / (2010) was issued for the establishment of the National Qualifications Authority (NQA) "to highlight the need to coordinate, activate and ensure the quality of establishing a national system for vocational education and training in the country, aiming to develop qualifications for nationals to enable them to engage in the working environment easily and smoothly, and to enable them to move and transfer among different career pathways related to the qualification."
The success of this project requires cooperation of industry sectors and related parties to ensure alignment of the outcomes of vocational education and training with the skills and knowledge required by the labor market and the ambitious vision of the country.
Vocational Education and Training Awards Council (VETAC) was established under the umbrella of the NQA to be responsible for managing and coordinating the vocational, professional and technical education and training (TVET) sector. Through consultation with relevant stakeholders and partners, VETAC is responsible for undertaking the following responsibilities:
- Building a flexible, modern, responsive, industry-led and quality assured national vocational education and training system that can meet labor-market needs
- Developing policies and initiatives, and establishing industry-led advisory councils and committees
- Involving these industry-led advisory councils and committees in identifying and developing occupational skills and work performance requirements that lead to national endorsement and recognition of qualifications.
- Accrediting educational and training organizations to deliver national qualifications.
- Ensuring that TVET provides individuals with information about career pathways and prospects
- Improving mechanism, requirements and quality assurance procedures of recognizing foreign vocational qualifications.
- Providing advice and support to entities involved with laborers’ skills assessment.