Expertise & Services
MTC International is dedicated to helping individuals and communities reach their potential through high-quality, targeted workforce development policies, programs, and systems that meet labor market demands both in the formal and informal sectors. MTC International serves a range of populations including vulnerable groups such as youth, women, ethnic minorities, and disabled learners – to address their skill development while at the same time working to overcome emotional and psychological barriers to successful employment and engagement in society. Approaching each community holistically, MTC International recognizes the value of skill development with both the incumbent as well as the emerging workforce. MTC supports demand-driven program and system designs, including a robust component for training in life skills.
Technical Vocational Education & Training (TVET)
MTC International is able to address the full range of the TVET sector starting from initial analysis and assessment, design, delivery mechanisms, through job placements and measurement metrics. MTC collaborates with and facilitates stakeholders at the national, institutional, and community level to increase the potential for sustainable, long-term impact. MTC International leverages its more than 30 years of experience and proven curricula for over 100 vocations to offer its international counterparts effective and efficient technical assistance. Whether developing policies to establish a national program, updating curricula, building support networks, or working with trainers at the grass-roots level, MTC provides the depth of knowledge and breadth of experience to meet its clients’ needs. When working in developing countries, MTC always starts with a Labor Market and Institutional Gap Analysis.
Institutional Capacity Building
Strong institutions capable of addressing the ever-changing demands of their clients are essential for long-term, sustainable service delivery. At the national level, MTC International works with central government officials on the policy framework pertaining to workforce development, national systems for delivery, and curricula based on targeted assessments and market analysis. At the level of the delivery organization, MTC works to improve teaching/trainer skill development and certification to ensure technical competence; improve assessment and outreach mechanisms to reach target audiences and build networks; and encourages demand driven service delivery. With the business community, MTC facilitates relationships between the private sector and local delivery institutions for on-going development and targeted service delivery to increase the effectiveness and sustainability of workforce development efforts. Leadership and management training and development programs provide on-going learning opportunities to increase the capacity of individuals and the institutions they serve. MTC has certified trainers in Human and Institutional Capacity Development (HICD) and Project Management. MTC has developed a Workforce Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool (WOCAT) for use with TVET/Education entities.
Private Sector/Employer Development
MTC International has the experience and expertise to establish sustainable, long-term training networks and relationships between the employers, workforce training providers, and industry professionals. The MTC approach considers well-established relationships between the employers and the educational organizations essential to the long-term success of the private sector. Over the years, needs change, skills have to be upgraded, and industries advance. Programs have to be modified continually to adjust to industry demands and the evolving economy. Both the incumbent and emerging workforce have to be considered. When the employer and educators recognize the need to work together over the long-term, programs and services stay up to date and relevant. MTC International designs and facilitates dynamic public-private-partnerships to meet the changing needs of the marketplace.
Entrepreneurship/Informal Sector Development
MTC International recognizes that workforce development for poverty alleviation must include marginal populations in the informal sector who often survive as micro-entrepreneurs with exceptionally limited educational background or skill development. MTC International focuses on providing appropriate skill development to help individuals in the informal sector succeed and improve their livelihoods, hopefully, moving from being on the margins to being more integrated with society. As part of its approach to workforce development in the informal sector, MTC International works to establish career clusters (micro-entrepreneurs in a related trade area) that address the needs of existing business opportunities, the incumbent workforce, and emerging workforce to share experiences and acquire an array of related skills.
Training, Curricula, Certification, and Credentialing
The lack of standards in training and the absence of long-term maintenance capacity is a too often overlooked aspect of international development assistance resulting in short term improvements, but not long-term sustainable gains. MTC International is committed to offering comprehensive, appropriate programs that lead to long-term improvements. MTC collaborates with professional industry associations to provide credentialed/certified standards in over 100 vocations such as accounting, carpentry, home health aide, computer technician, general merchandising, landscaping, and facilities maintenance. MTC has implemented programs in multiple communities for a diverse range of occupational areas. Core vocational skills, associated skills, and safety and maintenance skills and standards have all been proven and tested by industry. Metrics for student and instructor performance are integral to the curricula. MTC International works with local training providers and businesses to link them to appropriate industry organizations and networks for sustained development.
MTC International is people helping people: trained professionals with decades of experience, assisting others in getting their lives back on track. All over the world in education and training programs, disadvantaged and vulnerable populations are disproportionately found among women, at-risk-youth, ethnic minorities, and the disabled. Barriers to successful job acquisition and the ability to function as a contributing member of society are skill-based but also psychological and emotional. MTC takes a holistic approach and has a proud history working with its clients to successfully mitigate those obstacles through career, technical, and social skills training to overcome both technical and other barriers to success, giving them the best chance at securing a livelihood and solid future.
Performance Measurement and Evaluation
MTC International cares about results. MTC understands the importance of not only doing well but also evaluating the impact of good work to prove results and continually make adjustments and improvements. For each curriculum, program, and delivery system, MTC International works hand-in-hand with local counterparts to develop and apply appropriate measures at the student, instructor, and organizational level. Each curriculum for over 100 vocations – such as dental assistant, painting, welding, pharmacy technician, and culinary arts – includes measurements of core vocational skills, other related skills, and maintenance and safety skills and standards. Performance measures and evaluation are consistent with industry standards helping to ensure that those acquiring new skills are both competent in their trade as well as competitive in today’s global marketplace. MTC has developed a Workforce Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool (WOCAT) for use with TVET/Education entities.
MTC is a leader in the collection, evaluation, and analysis of workforce development issues. MTC International, in consultation with the MTC Research Institute, draws on research conducted to inform and enhance program and project interventions in the field. MTC conducts research and promotes education and training trends, innovations, and exemplary practices to benefit customers, staff, and associated industries. Research reports explore pressing issues confronting disadvantaged and vulnerable populations in the context of workforce development and related topics. Data Spotlights highlight specific issues that impact at-risk-youth, such as the value of education, career and technical education certificates, student dropout and completion rates. Research also includes international best practices and approaches for training specific populations.