BACKGROUND OF ISW
Relevance of the Institute in the Current Industrialisation Agenda
A well-educated and skilled population is a core competitive advantage to industrial development. Higher overall skill levels across the population give a country an ability to efficiently produce higher value products and services, and thus compete with other countries on factors of production other than price of labour. The rewards from this competitive advantage trickle down to the population through higher wages and high tax income that can be spent on infrastructure as well as community building and welfare services. People with post-school-qualifications have lower rates of unemployment than people who do not (COTVET, 2009). How do skills training systems support skills acquisition and upgrading? How does the education system interface and interact with labour markets and industries to coordinate skills development with changing industry need? What are good practices and lessons from different countries and regions that can better inform skills development policy making?
Technical Education and Training or sometimes referred as Competency-Based Education and Training (CBET) has been identified by countries in Asia-Pacific (Maclean et al (eds), 2013) as a priority area for educational policy and practice and socio-economic transformation. It answers all the mentioned questions on skills mismatch between the academia and the industries.
This is not surprising since there is overwhelming evidence to demonstrate that technical education can play an essential role in promoting sustainable economic, growth and socio-economic development of countries (Maclean et al, (eds), 2013)Can address socio-economic needs of the country,
- are job creators and not job seekers
- have innovative and creative skills
- have problem-solving skills
- can efficiently and effectively work under diversity and stressful environment
- can be able to identify and utilize the potential opportunities
The Institute of Social Work has adopted a new way of teaching that mainly focuses on promoting human capital and industrial transformation. This is supported by Al Maktoum (2012)To provide training in the principles, procedures and techniques of Social Work, Labour studies and Human Resource Management.
- To conduct training leading to professional qualification in generic and multi – functional of other related subjects as the Board of Governors may decide from time to time.
- To stimulate and promote the pursuits by students of specialised and higher professional courses of study in social Work, Labour studies and Human Resource Management in accordance with the National policies and development requirements.
- To provide consultancy services to the public in areas of Social Work, Labour studies and Human Resource Management and other related areas.
- To conduct examinations and grant awards of the ISW as provided by the Act, and other relevant bodies such as the National Accreditation Council for Technical Education(NACTE).
- To perform all such other functions as stipulated in the Act which established the Institute.
To accomplish its obligations, the institute is guided by core values as stated hereunder:-
Pursuit of Excellence in Service
Every employee shall strive to achieve the highest standards in work. This implies team work and commitment in delivery of high quality services.
Loyalty to Government
Every employee shall faithfully serve the duly elected Government of the day, and shall comply with the lawful instruction of respective ministers and senior officers to the best of his/her ability.
Diligence on Duty
During work hours, every employee shall be at work place and shall devote himself/herself wholly to the work during this time.
Impartiality in the Service
An employee is not allowed to engage in political activities at place of work or allow political views to influence the performance of his/her duties.
Employee shall not seek or accept gifts, favours or inducements, finances or otherwise, in the course of discharging their duties. Likewise, an employee shall not offer gifts, favours or inducements and shall not use official information acquired in the course of his/her official duties to gain personal financial advantage.
Courtesy to All
Every employee shall treat students, client and colleagues with dignity and courtesy. S/he shall be particularly considerate when dealing with vulnerable groups such as the elderly, the poor, the sick and people with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups in society.
Respect for the Law
An employee shall not commit unlawful acts nor shall s/he instruct or encourage any other persons to do so. If a public servant is asked or directed to commit an unlawful act, he/she shall report the matter to his/her superior officer for action.
Proper Use of Official Information
An employee shall not divulge or misuse official information.
Every employee should respect the privacy of customers (students and non students) and hold in confidence all information obtained in the course of service provision.
Adherence to Professional Ethical Principles
Every employee shall adhere to ethical issues regarding his/her profession.
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Rashid AlMaktoum,M.(2012). “Myvision:Challenges intheRace for Excellence.”The Dubai Government Media Office, Dubai.