Working together for governing decentralized VET in Ukraine: Momentum for action


Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv,

ETF workshop on the topic of decentralisation and multi-level governance in VET.

On 6 December 2016 the ETF and the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine in consultation with other VET stakeholders has organised the event to discuss a Green paper on VET decentralization in Ukraine. This is to be seen in the context of a pilot action involving five Ukrainian regions (City of Kiev, Vinnitsa, Lviv, Rivne and Dnepropetrovsk) to work together by addressing main challenges of governing VET system in decentralized context. The objective of the Green paper is to structure policy advice for further policy dialogue and implementation of VET decentralization process in Ukraine in the light of both education and VET laws, to support having a relevant, inclusive and innovative VET system for socioeconomic and regional development of the country.

Deputy Minister for Education and Science Pavlo Khobzey welcomed the ETF Green Paper to support the development of a modernised system, agile and responsive to new opportunities, the changing economy, and able to equip learners with the right skills to find quality jobs.

Key stakeholders from education, regional development, trade unions and VET institutions agreed that the time is now to improve the strategic vision of VET in Ukraine, taking advantage of the ongoing legislative review.

In this context, the ETF Green Paper supports the operationalisation of decentralisation and good multi-level governance. This approach sees the regions playing a key role in shaping and providing a VET offer that supports their economic development. As highlighted during the event, it is in the regions where change happens.

The ETF Green Paper is the starting point for the existing network to continue working together to address many challenges, including the need for an analytical framework to support VET decentralisation, a review of roles and responsibilities at national, regional and local levels, discussions on options for VET funding, and the role for public- private partnerships.

The critical role of VET for delivering the right skills to support economic growth and competitiveness is high on the political agenda in Ukraine.