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Setting Standards for OECD Eurasia

Last week Instructus provided expert guidance at the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Eurasia conference in Minsk, Belarus.

Our Standards & Qualifications Portfolio Manager Tony Beecher delivered a presentation on occupational standard setting in the business management sector, giving expert comment to support the Belarus government. The session was conducted in Russian and English through simultaneous translation, with attendees from countries including Belarus, Russia, England, Slovenia, Poland, France, Estonia and the Ukraine.

Over the last 10 years the OECD Eurasia Competitiveness Programme has worked with 13 countries in Central Asia, Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus with the goal of assisting in the implementation of policies to enhance competitiveness on the worldwide business stage. It does this by encouraging countries to align themselves with OECD Legal Instruments and policy standards.

Tony Beecher said “the OECD brought together representatives from a number of these countries along with expert speakers to a workshop focused on addressing the skills gaps in the Belarusian labour market through Occupational Standards (OS) and a National Qualifications Framework (NQF). OECD recognised the vast experience Instructus has within the skills arena, and particularly standard setting in the business management sector, and approached us to participate.”

“They want to highlight the importance of strong skills anticipation and accreditation as well as the crucial link between the education system and the labour market. This way of working is new to Belarus and the existing system isn’t as efficient as they would like, so they sought to learn from the experience of other countries applying similar programmes.”

“As the UK has worked in this way for many years, OECD asked Instructus to not only present at the workshop but also provide expert input during the question and answer sessions.”

The event was hosted by Ms Irina Kostevick, Minister of Labour & Social Protection, Belarus.

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