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Skills for Work and Life

Thematic Areas: Inclusion and Youth | Digital Transformation | Private Sector Engagement | SDGs and Greening TVET
Our Key Programmes & Projects: BILT: Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET | Building TVET resilience | TVET Leadership Programme | WYSD: World Youth Skills Day
Past Activities: COVID-19 response | i-hubs project | TVET Global Forums | Virtual Conferences | YEM Knowledge Portal

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Our Services & Resources: Publications | TVET Forum | TVET Country Profiles | TVETipedia Glossary | Innovative and Promising Practices | Toolkits for TVET Providers | Entrepreneurial Learning Guide
Events: Major TVET Events | UNEVOC Network News

SDGs and Greening TVET

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were formally accepted by the United Nations in September 2015 as a global framework for achieving an integrated sustainable development model for 2030 among Member States. Several of the SDG targets can be achieved through quality education (SDG 4), including SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth) and SDG 13 (climate action).

Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is critical in addressing knowledge and skills challenges to achieving the SDGs. More importantly, TVET can transmit the right mindset and attitude among trainees and the future workforce through well-designed education and training programmes. However, the right policies and skills strategies need to be strengthened to maximize its impact.

Issues and challenges

UNESCO-UNEVOC recognizes several challenges to reaching the SDGs and climate-related plans of action:

  • Lack of awareness about sustainability
  • Low capacity at the levels of decision making, teaching and implementation in practice
  • Shortages in skills resulting in unmet labour market demands
  • Unsustainable patterns of consumption and production
  • Outdated competencies and qualifications
  • Lack of recognition and assessment mechanisms for skills acquired through non-formal and informal learning
  • Lack of targeted engagement of key actors including youth, community and enterprises


UNESCO-UNEVOC supports TVET institutions in the development and implementation of green strategies to transform their learning and training environments, in fulfilment of their role in skilling learners, upskilling professionals in green job sectors, and re-skilling those affected by job losses due to the transition. By mobilizing TVET Institutions to engage in advocacy and adopt greening TVET practices, UNESCO-UNEVOC helps enable leaders and educators to effectively develop institutional green and climate-responsive strategies that have a positive impact on society and the labour market.

For 2021-2023, UNESCO-UNEVOC’s strategic actions will focus on mainstreaming climate change responses in TVET. The objectives are to launch platforms on TVET and climate change for advocacy, to increase the capacity of TVET institutions, and to develop green action plans. Starting in 2022, UNESCO-UNEVOC will arrange possible support through technical assistance targeted to institutions to advance the implementation of their institutional greening plans.

News & activities

15 April 2023
Resilience project paves the way for stronger TVET
UNESCO-UNEVOC implemented a project titled 'Building resilience in TVET for a just and sustainable transition' to strengthen the resilience of UNEVOC Centres and other education and training stakeholders as part of the COVID-19 pandemic recovery process.

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Capacity Building

Greening Curricula and Training

For information on any of the above activities, contact the Greening TVET team at unevoc.greeningtvet(at)unesco.org



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