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The Future of TVET Teaching

Megatrends such as digitalization, industry 4.0, climate change and migration are leading to structural changes in the economy and transforming the world of work and employment. In turn, evolving labour markets are calling for updated and reactive education and skilling paradigms, and creating an urgent need for flexible, evolving and responsive TVET systems. Consequently, developing the capacities of TVET teachers and trainers is at the core of UNESCO-UNEVOC’s ongoing thematic priorities on greening, entrepreneurship and gender equality.

Both current and prospective workers must acquire new skills and qualifications in order to adequately prepare for and flourish within future labour markets. Upskilling for work and life are taking on even greater importance in this transitioning world of new work and investing in the future by building the capacities of TVET leaders and teaching staff is essential for the successful navigation of these transitions.

Teachers and trainers are at the frontline of TVET delivery and it is thus essential that they too skill and upskill on future-oriented competencies in order to pass them on to students. Teacher and trainer development and engagement is therefore central to UNESCO-UNEVOC’s strategy.


UNESCO’s Recommendation for the Future of TVET Teaching

UNESCO’s 2015 Recommendation concerning TVET recognizes the crucial role of teaching staff in assuring TVET quality and relevance, and states that ‘policies and frameworks should be developed to ensure qualified and high-quality TVET staff, including teachers, instructors, trainers, tutors, managers, administrators, extension agents, guidance staff and others’. The Recommendation asks Member States to build the necessary institutional capacities to ‘ensure the relevance of TVET to current and evolving needs in the world of work, nationally, regionally and internationally, including those implied by the transitions to green occupations, economies and societies’. Yet implementing this Recommendation may not be so straightforward; the implications of global disruptions for the future of TVET teaching and learning are yet to be fully unpacked, understood and synthesized into an actionable framework.


UNESCO-UNEVOC’s Strategy for the Future of TVET Teaching

UNEVOC builds the capacities of TVET institutions and leaders, helping them invest in teacher development through policy reform or programmatic initiatives. To this end, UNEVOC’s strategy on the future of TVET teaching and learning focuses on:

  • Identifying and evaluating the impact of emerging trends on teaching and learning and its implications on preparing TVET teaching staff for the future.
  • Assessing the future role of TVET teachers and trainers to develop a framework of essential skills and competencies.
  • Identifying and disseminating innovative practices in teacher and trainer development.
As the global community reimagines how knowledge and learning can shape the future of humanity and the planet, UNESCO-UNEVOC recognizes that teachers and educators will have a central role to play and is committed to continuing its work with institutions and partners to empower teachers and trainers for the future of TVET teaching.



Find out more about our work on Migration, another cross-cutting thematic area.


News and Activities

30 September 2019
World Teachers' Day 2019
World Teachers’ Day is celebrated annually on October 5th. This celebration draws attention to the contributions of teachers in educating their communities and developing a more inclusive and sustainable society.
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Publications and Resources


TVET Country Profile Singapore
World TVET Database UNESCO-UNEVOC

Promising Practices


FADIO: promoting distance education

UNESCO-UNEVOC Promising Practices
FADIO represents a unique collaborative initiative that takes full advantage of education in a digital environment. Not all educational institutions have the resources to develop the pedagogical and technical aspects related to distance education on ...

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Entrepreneurial culture: Ikasenpresa

UNESCO-UNEVOC Promising Practices
TKNIKA is a centre established by the Basque Deputy Ministry of Vocational Education and Training to promote innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship in vocational education and training (VET) centres across the region. As part of its mandate, T ...

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Self-sufficient schools: turning learning into earning and saving

UNESCO-UNEVOC Promising Practices
In Latin America, secondary school drop-out rates are high, partly because many youth feel that the type of education they receive at school does not offer any guarantee of future employment. Recognizing the need for practical training that gives you ...

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