The Vocational Education and Training Programme for the Member Countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC-VET) is a programme originally designed and developed by SESRIC in order to improve the quality of vocational education and training in the public and private sectors with the aim of supporting and enhancing the opportunities for individuals in the Member Countries to develop their knowledge and skills and thus to contribute to the development and competitiveness of the economies and to facilitate the sharing of knowledge between OIC Member Countries.
The Programme supports the activities of the OIC Member Countries by improving the competencies and skills of the people according to the needs and priorities of labour markets through intra-OIC partnerships at institutional level. The Programme focuses on increasing accessibility and raising the quality of VET, and provides an opportunity for organizations involved in VET to build OIC partnerships, exchange best practices, increase the expertise of their staff and develop the skills and competencies of the participants. The Programme covers the training areas included in the national training programmes in the Member Countries by introducing a transnational perspective in conformity with national priorities of the Member Countries.
The OIC-VET Programme was launched during the COMCEC Economic Summit held in Istanbul, Turkey on 9 November 2009 with the participation of the heads of states and governments of the OIC Member Countries. The Istanbul Declaration declared at the Summit reads as following: "We recognize the importance of vocational education and training in socio-economic development of the OIC Member Countries and welcome the launch of the Vocational Education and Training Programme for OIC Member Countries (OIC-VET). We ask the member countries to facilitate the OIC-VET."
Main objectives of the OIC-VET Programme are;
- to provide the exchange of people involved in VET throughout OIC Member Countries, so as to increase placements in enterprises;
- to enhance the quality and innovation capacity of Member Countries' vocational training systems, and to facilitate the transfer of innovative practices from one country to another;
- to increase the volume of cooperation among training institutions, enterprises, social partners and other relevant bodies throughout OIC Member Countries;
- to expand the transparency and recognition of qualifications and competencies, including those acquired through formal and informal learning among Member Countries;
- to support the development of innovative Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based content, services, pedagogies and practice for lifelong learning;
- to support participants in training activities in the acquisition and the use of knowledge, skills and qualifications to facilitate personal development and employability.