Skills for work and life

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) connects education with employment. Supporting the employability of youth in Palestine through education is one of the core interventions of UNESCO.  In alignment with SDG4, the Education 2030 Framework and UNESCO’s Strategy for TVET (2016-2021), UNESCO provides technical support to both the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education to scale up and strengthen technical and vocational education in Palestine. This was demonstrated through the integration of TVET in general education, the revival of the higher council for TVET, and the establishment of the Palestinian Development Centre as the technical arm of the higher council in 2017-2018. Within the framework of the EU funded project Networks of Mediterranean Youth (NET-MED Youth), UNESCO launched the first Skills Forecasting Model in Palestine, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Higher Education, the Ministry of Labour, MAS (Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute), the International Labour Organization(ILO) and GIZ. The Skills Forecasting Model is a simulation model and a tool that provides quantitative projections on the future supply and demand of skills in the Palestinian labour market. The model aims at anticipating and identifying the skills needs and translate them into education programmes and employment strategies. Through above initiatives UNESCO works to reinforce national capacities to enhance life skills and to close the gap between supply and demand in the labour market in order to improve employment in Palestine.


Through the EU funded project Youth Employment in the Mediterranean (YEM) the skills forecasting model will be updated bi-annually. The aim of the YEM project is to improve the anticipation of skills and to promote technical and vocational education and training (TVET); in addition to strengthening youth employment and encouraging entrepreneurship in the Mediterranean region.