Regional cooperation programme to improve the training of TVET personnel (RECOTVET I)

Project description

Title: Regional cooperation programme to improve the training of TVET personnel (RECOTVET I)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Viet Nam (project main location); China, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand
Overall term: 2014 to 2017


The 10 ASEAN member states want to develop a common area for their economies, social development, and security and overcome current differences by 2015. ASEAN integration involves the free exchange of goods, services, investments, capital and, with some restrictions, qualified workers between the states.

These regional developments have far-reaching consequences for efforts to reform vocational education in individual countries. Strategies and policies for vocational education and training have largely been developed on a national level, but the various training systems are not oriented to a regionally integrated job market.

The scope and quality of the national vocational training institutions' educational offers have not yet been adapted to the new requirements. Competent managers, vocational teachers and instructors are particularly lacking.


The program objective is to support and create personnel, institutional and thematic preconditions for quality improvement and regional harmonisation of the education and training of TVET personnel in South East Asia.


Regional cooperation must be intensified to make all ASEAN countries' vocational education and training systems equally effective. Efforts at the political level also need to be coordinated. RECOTVET is active in particular in three different action areas that are closely interlinked and create synergies.

Firstly RECOTVET focusses on international network formats, such as conferences, dialogue forums and seminars that promote regional exchange, political dialogue and cooperation with decision-makers, as well as with bilateral vocational education programmes in Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar and Viet Nam. Reform proposals developed at the regional level are being introduced in the political processes of the various countries, thereby fostering harmonisation.

Secondly, human capacity development for TVET personnel is a key focus. Specialists and managers from ministries, vocational training institutions, and businesses receive training on regionally relevant topics. Results of the former project ‘Regional Leadership and Capacity Building for Vocational Training in Indonesia, Laos and Vietnam’ will help create a regional pool of multipliers to broaden the new project's medium-term impact.

The third action area is focusing on university collaboration. The Regional Cooperation Platform (RCP) aims at improving the education and training of vocational instructors in Asia. In this network, key ministries and universities for training vocational teachers collaborate on issues concerning flexibility to move between different educational systems and the practical orientation of course content, as well as taking into account gender equality. The platform makes use of the latest research findings to advise political decision-makers.

The two predecessor programmes ‘Regional Cooperation Platform’ and ‘Regional Leadership and Capacity Building for Vocational Training’ have produced the following results:

  • Reform proposals from research projects, such as regional standards for educating and training vocational instructors, have been introduced into the political dialogue.
  • The regional cooperation platform has improved the participating universities' institutional frameworks and advised on reforming vocational training.
  • The regional project on human capacity development has offered young managers school-based and in-company vocational training in order to design specialised qualification concepts, which they in turn introduce and implement as multipliers in their institutions.