Employment challenges in small states require more than just education. Delegates from Commonwealth small branches believe a wide range of issues ranging from a labour market responsive curriculum, relevant policies as well as the correct focus on vocational training and apprenticeship should be considered for the creation of employment opportunities in small states of the Commonwealth.
This emerged at the Commonwealth Parliaments Conference in Sandton this weekend, when the executive committee of the Small States met.
Delegates agreed that a lot needed to change to overcome the problems in appropriate schooling for jobs. The Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and the Cost of Living, Tasmania the Hon Ms Riebecca White MP said the small states education system should attempt to maximise the development of appropriate skills to support local business and create meaningful pathways to employment.
The leader of government business of the Seychelles, Hon.Marie-Antoinette Rose, MP, said Parliaments should press for education systems to provide for and maintain basic numeracy and literacy standards for school leavers.
Mr Ashwani Aggarwal of the International Labour Office( ILO) said the education system should provide good quality and relevant education, soft skills, vocational training on the job work experience, lifelong learning and build partnership with world of work.
"Moving forward we need to be creative and have constructive ways to curb unemployment on the growing population and promoting young individuals skills and making sure that they receive equal treatment in the work place," he said.