Skills for Work and Life

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) connects education and the world of work. TVET aims to address economic, social and environmental demands by helping youth and adults develop the skills they need for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship. In this way, TVET promotes equitable, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and supports transitions to green and digital economies.

Since the Third International Congress on TVET in Shanghai 2012, TVET has been gathering momentum and global attention. This increased with the adoption of the Education 2030 Agenda which devotes considerable attention to technical and vocational skills development with specific targets related to access, acquisition of relevant learning outcomes and elimination of gender disparity.

In alignment with SDG4 and the Education 2030 Framework for Action, UNESCO has developed a Recommendation and a Strategy for TVET (2016-2021) to support the efforts of Member States to boost the relevance of their TVET systems.

The UNEVOC Network is the key driver for mutual learning, capacity-building and advancing international cooperation in TVET. As well as UNESCO and its networks, the Members of the Inter-Agency Group on TVET are conducting collective initiatives and joint work to unleash the potential of TVET to meet skills needs of individuals, enterprises and societies.