Paulina Bravo Contreras

PhD Researcher

Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change, School of Education

p.bravo-contreras.1@research.gla.ac.uk

Research title

Exploring employers' involvement in the skill formation system through the creation of Sector Skills Councils in Chile.

Research summary

Research title (updated) - Understanding the adoption and implementation of sectoral approaches to skills development in Chile.


The aim of my research is to study how skills policies with a sectoral focus have been adopted and implemented in Chile. Sectoral skill formation strategies commonly involve fostering shared responsibility for skill formation between relevant actors (the state, educational organisations, employers and individuals). Among other aims, these approaches have been implemented in different countries to improve the relevance of vocational education and training programmes with the needs of the industry and the labour market, and to encourage employers to engage in training provision and raising skills levels. During the last years, sectoral approaches to skill development have been actively promoted in developing countries by international organisations. However, these approaches have received little attention within the academic literature on skills.


Grants

2017-2021 Becas Chile CONICYT Scholarship


Conferences

Bravo, Paulina (2018) Skills Policies in Chile: An examination of the Chilean approach to sectoral skill formation. Presented at Education and Training Policies for Social Inclusion and Sustainable Development in Chile and Latin America, ChileGlobal Seminars UK, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK, 28 September 2018.

Bravo, Paulina. (2018) Understanding the local dynamics of technical and vocational education and training in Chile. The case of Valparaiso region. Presented at Sustainable Development in Chile and Latin America Where is the missing link?, ChileGlobal Seminars UK, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK. 22 June 2018.

Bravo, Paulina. (2017) The conceptualisation of Skill Formation Systems for cross-disciplinary comparative research. Presented at BAICE Student Conference 2018, British Association for International and Comparative Education, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK, 5 June 2017.

Bravo, Paulina. (2017) How do employers get involved in the skill formation system in Chile through the creation of Sector Skill Councils? A Political Economy of Skill Formation approach. Presented at PGR Seminar Series School of Education, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK, 3 April 2017.

Bravo, Paulina. (2017) How do employers get involved in the skill formation system in Chile? A Political Economy of Skill approach. Presented at Thinking Chile: Sharing Ideas in Edinburgh 2018, Chile Global Seminars UK, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK, 22 February 2017.


Additional information

I am a second year PhD researcher at the School of Education, University of Glasgow. I hold an MSc in Human Resource Management from the University of Edinburgh and a BSc in Business Administration form the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile.

My research interests include:

  • Skill formation systems
  • Sectoral approaches to skill formation
  • Skills policies
  • Technical and Vocational Education and Training
  • Employer engagement in skill formation