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Thematic Areas: Inclusion and Youth | SDGs and Greening TVET | Innovation and Future of TVET | Private Sector Engagement
Our Key Programmes & Projects: COVID-19 response | YEM: Youth Employment in the Mediterranean | BILT: Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET | UNESCO-UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme | WYSD: World Youth Skills Day
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COVID-19 Response

The COVID-19 pandemic is profoundly affecting the world of work. In 2020, there were global employment losses of 114 million jobs relative to 2019. The pandemic has also created the largest disruption of education systems in history. UNESCO reports that two thirds of an academic year has been lost worldwide due to school closures.

In the face of these challenges, there are a number of contributions that technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions can make to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. First, they can provide short-term training to meet the urgent demand for skilled workers in certain trades and sectors. Second, TVET institutions can build the capacities of staff to meet the increased demand for digital delivery of programmes and services. Third, they can apply best practices learned throughout the pandemic to strengthen their own preparedness for future crises and disruptions.

UNESCO-UNEVOC has implemented a special project — Strengthening the Responsiveness, Agility and Resilience of TVET Institutions for the Post-COVID-19 Era — to help alleviate the short, medium and long-term effects of the global crisis. The project will support TVET institutions around the world, especially those in developing countries, in addressing these challenges and preparing for the post-COVID-19 era.

Why is this project needed?

Webinar 1:

Digital Competence and the Future of Work – Pathways for TVET Institutions
18 March 2021, 9:00 - 10:30 CET

Concept Note | Video in English and French Synthesis report

Webinar 2:

Social Aspects of Digital Learning in TVET
22 April 2021, 15:00 - 16:30 CEST

Concept Note

Interpretation available in Spanish and French

Webinar 3:

Navigating the Maze of Digital Tools and Services
20 May 2021, 10:00 - 11:30 CEST

News & activities

13 April 2021
Retraining young people and workers displaced by COVID-19
As part of its COVID-19 response project, UNESCO-UNEVOC is supporting the Vivekananda Institute of Biotechnology to provide training in locally relevant skills-based entrepreneurship for returnees, disadvantaged youth and early school leavers.
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Publications & resources

Learning from Afar
UNESCO-UNEVOC Promising Practice

Skills development in the time of COVID-19
Taking stock of the initial responses in technical and vocational education and training

Participating institutions

UNEVOC Centres

Duoc UC - Chile

HEART NSTA Trust - Jamaica

Maldives Polytechnic

Rajamangala University of
Technology Thanyaburi - Thailand

Rift Valley Technical Training
Institute (RVTTI) - Kenya

National Training Service of
Industrial Work (SENATI) - Peru

University of Cape Coast
- Ghana

University of Technology
- Jamaica

University Tun Hussein
Onn Malaysia

Yaba College of Technology
- Nigeria

Other institutions

Niagara College Canada

Mikolongwe Vocational
School - Malawi

Vivekananda Institute of
Biotechnology - India



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