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Outdated competencies and qualifications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.
4 April 2023 Project learning forum on building TVET resilience UNESCO-UNEVOC has been implementing the project on ‘Building TVET resilience for a just and sustainable transition’ to support TVET stakeholders and their vision for achieving institutional resilience. The Project Learning Forum invited participants to share key takeaways from the programmes and discuss what these insights mean for future activities. read more
10 March 2023 Preparing TVET for a green and more resilient transition A global push to build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic seeks to include more sustainable economic and social recovery measures. These comprise not just pandemic resilience but also investment in sustainable, inclusive and climate resilient technologies and infrastructure, and in robust education systems. read more
15 February 2023 Green jobs and a just transition to sustainability This webinar on “Green jobs and a just transition to sustainability” was organized by the UN Resident Coordination Office for UAE. It was part of the 28-for-28 Event Series, a joint effort between the UN and UAE to host public webinars on crucial topics related to the Conference of the Parties (COP) process and climate action. read more
5 December 2022 Managing change through transformative TVET leadership The UNESCO-UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme aims to build the capacities of TVET leaders and professionals from around the world. This year's edition was launched on 30 November with a focus on ‘Re-thinking TVET systems and programmes to anticipate demand, adapt and take action for a just and green transition’. read more