Steering committees have been set up after stakeholders were identified during each country’s situational analysis and training needs assessment. Throughout the life of the programme, the steering committee will play a crucial role in supporting the adaptation, implementation and evaluation of the HITT programme, by coordinating stakeholders and supporting collaborative approaches to training and employment creation.
Each committee may consist of representatives from the government tourism, employment, and education departments, the tourism industry, labour union or informal worker associations (if possible), formal training institutions, tourism or education projects, and related civil society organisations. A concerted effort will be made to ensure that the private sector is represented and actively engaged in each in-country steering committee.
The committee will meet at least twice a year during the programme implementation, with smaller task forces meeting more regularly if needed. Through these committees, ustainable funding and management mechanisms will be put in place before the programme ends to ensure its long term continuity. Wherever possible, these efforts will connect to and/or complement existing multi-stakeholder platforms or tourism destination management initiatives.
Some of the steering committee’s principal responsibilities are to:
Establish/strengthen direct links between the TVET and tourism sectors.
Why? It has been recognised that TVET programmes often fail to provide participants with the skills that enable them to get jobs because they are not market demand-driven, practical, or of a high enough quality. Vocational education and training that do not develop skills that are tailored for the tourism industry or result in clear competence improvement, or recognised certification will not improve employment opportunities or increase income for disadvantaged people.
Establish/strengthen direct links between training institutes and the informal tourism business community.
Why? The absence of explicit links between formal TVET institutions and the informal tourism sector has inhibited the provision of TVET for the informal tourism economy. Vocational training is rarely accessible to informal workers – who have higher levels of poverty, illiteracy and are often living in remote areas. Their methods of learning need to be experiential, local, mobile and immediately applicable – but training is seldom appropriate for their levels of competency and learning.
As the seven in-country HITT teams went about forming Steering Committees, they bore in mind the appropriateness of translating the planned model to differing local contexts, which has led to the nature and purpose of Steering Committees (often called Advisory Boards) differing slightly between countries. More detailed information on each country Steering Committee can be found through browsing the individual country pages.