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Monitoring of the implementation of the 2015 Recommendation concerning Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

UNESCO is launching the first monitoring of the implementation of the Recommendation concerning Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) adopted in 2015.

The Organization requests Members States to submit reports on the measures taken to implement the Recommendation adopted by its General Conference in 2015. The Recommendation is a key resource for guiding the transformation and expansion of TVET and lifelong learning around the world.

Reflecting recent educational and TVET trends, it sets out a transformative vision of TVET and serves as a comprehensive tool for Member States as they seek to transform and expand their education and training systems in the context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and Education 2030.


Member States are required to submit regular reports to the UNESCO Secretariat on the legislative and administrative provisions they have adopted and on other measures taken to implement the conventions and recommendations every four years.

The purpose of the reporting of the TVET Recommendation is to monitor progress on its implementation and to evaluate how useful the instrument is for Member States in their work on TVET policy development and implementation.

The reports will be valuable tools for UNESCO when offering guidance and support to Member States in the development and reform of their TVET policies, particularly in areas where implementation of the Recommendation’s principles appears to be a challenge.

The exercise also provides a self-assessment opportunity, to benchmark Member States’ progress and challenges against international standards and trends in TVET. The provision of quality information will also allow Member States to better reflect their achievements in the synthesis report that will be produced based on national reports, and made available at UNESCO’s website for TVET.   

Building on the information contained in the country reports, UNESCO will update the UNESCO-UNEVOC World TVET Database. This unique online repository has the function to monitor changes in TVET systems and facilitate trends analysis. By providing accurate and reliable information in the questionnaires, Member States contribute to offering TVET officials, experts and stakeholders, but also researchers and students who consult the TVET Database, access to concise, quality and up-to-date information on their TVET systems.  

The Global Database on the Right to Education will also be enriched by information provided by national reports.


In 2018, the Director-General of UNESCO requested Member States to submit national reports on the measures taken for the implementation of the TVET Recommendation during the period 2015 to 2019.

These reports are to be submitted to UNESCO’s Secretariat by 15 January 2019. A consolidated analytical report synthesizing country reports will be submitted to the 207th Executive Board and the 40th General Conference in October / November 2019. 


To encourage the participation of a maximum number of Member States the consultation will be made available online in the form of a questionnaire, which follows the structure suggested by the Guidelines for the Preparation of reports. The online questionnaires will be accessible on 1 September 2018.

Prior to the completion of the questionnaire, UNESCO is encouraging all Member States to collect the necessary information and data through consultations within and outside the Ministries in charge of TVET including employers and workers representatives and civil society.

The questionnaire consists of 30 questions and should be filled in by the one official designated by each Member State’s appropriate authority to facilitate reporting.

The format of the online questionnaire includes multiple-choice questions and a few open-ended questions. This format is also expected to facilitate the analysis, synthesis and presentation of the findings of national reports.

Where the online submission of a country report is not possible, Member States will also have the option to submit their completed questionnaire via email to UNESCO: or in writing to the following address:

UNESCO Education Sector
Section for Youth, Literacy and Skills Development
7 place Fontenoy
75352 Paris, France