Information Technology, Technical Vocational Education in Developing Workforce Towards Globalization

Information Technology, Technical Vocational Education in Developing Workforce Towards Globalization

Olabiyi Oladiran Stephen (University of Lagos, Nigeria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9746-9.ch007
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Industrial development of any country depends to a great extent on the level of skills its workforce possesses, and the skills and effectiveness of workforce, in turn, are dependent upon the quality of nation's education and training. Education and training are undergoing continuous change, and this poses more challenges to the workers in the 21st century and technical vocational education and training (TVET) institutions responsible for their training. Therefore, this chapter discusses relevance of information technology in transforming TVET in developing workforce towards globalization. The chapter points out clearly the meaning of workforce, meaning of TVET, and workforce development, globalization and TVET, information technology (IT), information technology and workforce development, utilization of information technology for developing workforce, impact of technology education in improving Nigerian workforce, place of information technology in transforming workforce. The chapter concludes by identifying different types of technology tools and benefits of information technology.
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From creation, man needed to satisfy three basic needs. These are food, shelter and clothing. No matter the class an individual might belong to, he must yearn for those basic needs of life. Everybody has and should have a responsibility in facilitating the satisfaction of the basic necessities of life in one way or the other. This is to say, in this context, that everybody is a worker. The quality and quantity of work done in a society depend largely on dexterity and numerical strength respectively, of such society. In the same vein, the aggregate of works and services rendered is a function of the contributions of individual families that constitute the society. Nowadays, the needs of any society have long transcended those food, shelter and clothing. They have grown to encompass the needs for wealth, prestige, physical fitness, political independence, transportation, communication among others. The people needed to bring about the means of satisfying the above needs are knows as the society workforce. It is obvious that no one is capable of the talents, capabilities and aptitudes required to satisfy all human needs. It is therefore, becomes imperative that special training should be given to workforce to equip them with various skills required for diverse societal needs satisfaction.

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