GRET attended the 2019 Convergences World Forum on 6 September last to present the most recent work conducted by the Vocational training and professional integration NGO group, on the challenges and uses of information and communication technologies (ICT) in vocational training and professional integration activities.
The Vocational training and professional integration NGO group, created in 2013, brings together five French NGOs: Acting for Life, Apprentis d’Auteuil, Essor, the European institute for cooperation and development (IECD) and GRET. The group’s objective is to improve the practices of vocational training and professional integration stakeholders using cross-learning and shared reflections. The briefs and operational tools – produced annually on a collectively defined subject – are freely available on the Entreprendre au sud portal.
The brief entitled TIC&FIP – Les technologies de l’information et de la communication au service des actions de formation et d’insertion professionnelle dans les PED*(in French), was the subject of a presentation at the workshop, co-facilitated by the five NGOs and the Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs. The objective of this workshop was to simulate a real-life situation for participants through role play (each group was made up of a financial partner, a professional integration officer and a young person) to discuss professional integration measurement (what does being professionally integrated mean and when can a young person be considered professionally integrated), digital contributions to surveying processes (through use of the KoBoToolbox tool, tested in the field by the Vocational training and professional integration NGO group), and, more broadly, the advantages of cooperation between NGOs.
Bringing together French and international stakeholders, representatives from the public, private, solidarity, academic and media sectors, the Convergences World Forum is an important event for participants to meet each other and gain visibility. The presence of numerous participants and animated discussions demonstrated the audience’s interest in professional integration issues.
* ICTs & Vocational training and professional integration – information and communication technologies for vocational training and professional integration actions in developing countries