Regional workshop on developing TVET policies designed to increase skills for employment and entrepreneurship in alignment with national economic plans
Globally, youth unemployment is on the rise. While youth unemployment in the Asia-Pacific region is relatively low, the region has some of the highest youth-to-adult unemployment rates. In 2016, youth unemployment rates were five times higher than those of adults in South-East Asia and the Pacific and four times higher in South Asia. One of the main reasons is a growing mismatch between the supply and demand for skills.
Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is increasingly seen as a potential means of dealing with the youth employment crisis, slow economic growth, poverty, inequality, and the need for sustainability. Promoting TVET is included in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG4)-Education 2030 agenda, as stated in Target 4.3 and 4.4: “ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education” and “substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship”, respectively.
For TVET systems to fully contribute to economic, human and sustainable development, policies need to be well balanced, responsive to respective socio-economic contexts and closely aligned with the national economic development agenda.
UNESCO Bangkok, with support from the government of the Republic of Korea, thus launched a project, entitled “Developing TVET Policies Designed to Increased Skills for Employment and Entrepreneurship in Alignment with National Economic Plans.” The project aims to enhance Member States’ capacities to develop TVET policies that are designed to increase skills for employment and entrepreneurship, in line with national economic development.
Major findings from the case studies will be shared with country experts and, possibly, with selected member states through a regional workshop.