Skills are crucial to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development



Skills take centre stage in the new global sustainable development agenda adopted in New York. Within Goal 4 on education and lifelong learning, technical and vocational skills for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship feature prominently.

Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is also crucial for the achievement of the other Sustainable Development Goals.

From 28 September to 2 October 2015, just after the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, the UNESCO-UNEVOC e-forum is hosting a virtual conference on UNESCO’s future Strategy for TVET. Experts from around the world will discuss the guiding principles of the new Strategy, emerging issues and trends to which TVET should respond, elements to be included in the new Strategy, and the roles of UNESCO.

A key resource for the virtual conference is the new UNESCO publication, Unleashing the Potential: Transforming Technical and Vocational Education and Training, which focusses on TVET and sustainable development. The book calls for the transformation of TVET systems to enable them to respond effectively to rapidly changing contextual demands. Key enablers for the transformation and expansion of TVET are identified as: partnerships and networks; the knowledge and information base; a culture of learning; incentives and accountability and capacity development.  The authors argue that when TVET’s potential is unleashed, it can catalyse the development of inclusive and equitable lifelong learning systems.