Thematic Areas: Youth Employment | Greening TVET | Access, Equity & Quality | TVET in a Digital World | Further Themes
Our Key Programmes & Projects: i-hubs: Skills for Innovation Hubs | YEM: Youth Employment in the Mediterranean | BILT: Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET | UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme | WYSD: World Youth Skills Day
Past Activities: TVET Global Forums
A recent ILO report highlights how the green economy serves as an enabler of poverty reduction and improved livelihood for millions of people. It estimates potential job losses that could be compensated by the projected creation of 24 million new jobs– given the right policies and skill development opportunities in place.
The smooth transition to green societies and economies relies on policies, investments, technology, jobs, engagement and workforce competencies that all need to come into play. Education and training are key to bringing all these elements together. Effective education and training for sustainable development pivots on governance and vision, and the ability to empower people in an inclusive manner to act in favour of sustainable development. It also relies on the ability to train, upskill, reskill and empower those that can take advantage of the job growth and job creation potential in a changing economy. These abilities lie with formal or non-formal institutions, businesses, organizations, leaders, teachers, civil society and stakeholders of community and local government.
UNESCO, with the launch of its new Education for Sustainable Development 2030 Roadmap, will continue to support Member States in prioritizing and stimulating transformative actions in policy, learning environments, educators’ capacities, youth mobilization and local level actions. The roadmap serves as the new blueprint for the implementation of ESD and renews the importance of translating policy and strategic frameworks into actions in the TVET sector.
A practical guide for institutions
This Guide describes the macro need for TVET reform in conformity with the Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and other United Nations, UNESCO and national initiatives. The ...
TVET plays an important role in steering the transition to a low-carbon economy and climate-resilient society. It is carried out through the traditional roles of TVET in preparing learners for occupational fields and increasing their participation in the world of work. These traditional roles are facing new expectations, including calls to adapt to better align with emerging green jobs and qualifications and contribute to the development of skills and competencies that power a more circular economy and sustainable culture, as opposed to the common take-make-dispose culture that prevails. Over the course of the last decade, UNESCO-UNEVOC has promoted transformative actions in TVET.
Why invest in greening TVET?
It has worked with its partners, including the Inter-Agency Working Group on Greening TVET and Skills Development, to actively coordinate actions and co-develop policy guidance documents and think-pieces (e.g. 2013 Policy recommendation for G20 Development Working Group, Reflections from COP21) that provides technical expertise, recommendations and input from multiple developmental organizational perspectives. The Platform for Advancing Green Human Capital, which was comprised of selected IAG-TVET members along with French partners, developed a framework for policy analysis and guidance for developing green human capital, targeted for consideration of decision makers.
In order to help steer institutional responses to green skills demand, a tool to support institutional capacity building and actions was developed in 2017.
The UNEVOC Greening TVET – practical guide for institutions provides a guiding framework for implementing a whole-institutional approach to ‘greening TVET.’ The approach proposes TVET-oriented actions for embedding sustainability in campus, curriculum and training, engagement with community and workplace, research and the overall institutional culture.
As of 2020, over 30 countries have reported the use of the UNEVOC tools as a guidance framework.
UNEVOC has created several platforms to bridge learning opportunities across the network and beyond.
Learning from others’ experiences in implementing strategic policies, training standards and curricula, building the capacity of teachers and educators to organize learning and deliver contents, and engaging youth, are at the heart of the green TVET transformation.
Even though the regional, national and institutional contexts may vary, but they serve as methodical guidance and blueprint of inspiration to others.
UNEVOC has published reports and developed analytical studies aimed at sharing new knowledge and information with the TVET community.
UNESCO-UNEVOC is committed to supporting TVET actors to implement the greening TVET action areas mentioned in the guide. For any questions about the guide or its implementation, please contact unevoc.greeningtvet(at)unesco.org.
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UNESCO-UNEVOC Promising Practices
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