Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (KRIVET)

30147 Social Policy Building, Sejong National Research Complex, 370, Sicheong-daero, Sejong-si, Korea

KRIVET is a national research institute specializing in skills and workforce development. It was established in 1997, has 236 employees, over 100 researchers among whom 86 holding Ph.D degrees in various fields from economics, sociology to HRD and engineering.  The annual budget of KRIVET for 2019 is approximately 58 million USD.  Administratively, it is under the Prime Minister’s Office. It has a vision of becoming a research institute responding to challenges in the future job markets and supporting life-long vocational competency development.

Projects conducted at KRIVET cover mainly the following topics; identifying skill needs based on labor market analysis, research on qualification systems, vocational training system, curriculum developments, and career guidance and counseling to name a few.

In addition to the basic research activities on skill development system, it also supports the governmental VET policies by running such centers as dual-training center, employ-led training center, and career exploration center. The organizational chart below shows its major divisions and activities.

 The capacity of the KRIVET staff to engage in skills development projects has involved them into projects in various forms of cooperation with numerous international organizations such as World Bank, OECD, UNESCO.

KRIVET recently had implemented ‘World Bank-KRIVET Policy Development Forum: Improving Workforce Training in Europe and Central Asia’. This project is mainly organized as a study tour for 5 ECA countries, namely Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Albania, Moldov, to show the best practices in training institutions in Korea and a seminar where experts share their knowledge and experience with participants.