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Greening TVET


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Technological and societal developments and growing concerns about climate change, environmental degradation and scarcity of resources are changing the nature of work. These developments demand that TVET develop skills and provide knowledge to ease transitions to green economies and societies.

In light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), TVET underpins many of the proposed goals and the achievement of sustainable development. TVET is crucial in reorienting society to adopt the low-carbon mentality so essential to addressing climate change. It is also impossible to think of making gains in poverty reduction, job creation and decent work provision without transforming TVET. For example, Goals 4, 6 and 8 of the SDGs are directly related to TVET, with many of the targets capable of being supported by a well-designed TVET system and targeted skills-development interventions.

Why TVET institutions must engage in greening process?

TVET plays an important role in making transitions to a low-carbon economy and climate-resilient society. It is carried out through the traditional roles of TVET in preparing learners for the occupational fields and increasing their participation in the world of work. These traditional roles are facing new expectations:

Why invest in greening TVET

  • Greening TVET helps production to advance to more environmentally conscious practices;
  • A ‘green’ worker is a more employable worker; a ‘green’ workforce will enhance the profitability of the enterprise;
  • National governments need to seize the potential for job creation by providing skills needed in the new green sectors;
  • Disadvantaged groups in the labour market (young people, women, persons with disabilities, rural communities and other vulnerable groups) require targeted support to develop their potential knowledge and skills for green jobs.
Source: UNESCO-UNEVOC (2012).

What the greening of TVET institutions can achieve?

UNESCO-UNEVOC contributes to the fulfilment and monitoring of the SDGs by promoting the greening of TVET institutions. This is projected to help institutions create an institutional environment that makes it conducive for institutional stakeholders contribute to achieving the goals of the SDGs, namely SDG 4 (Quality Education); SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) and SDG 8 (Decent work and Economic Growth).

The ‘greening’ process for TVET institutions

How to green TVET institutions: a four-step guide for implementing approaches to sustainability in TVET

STEP 1: Understanding the process

STEP 2: Planning for the greening of TVET

STEP 3: Implementing an Institutional Green Plan

STEP 4: Monitoring and Assessment Strategies

Link to other resources:

UNESCO Resources

Greening in the UNEVOC Network

The UNEVOC Network is on the forefront of promoting the greening TVET agenda in the Member States. Many of the UNEVOC Centres have begun greening their institutions and can serve as inspirations for institutions that are considering to take actions.

Inter-Agency resources

Greening TVET and advancing the agenda – review of progress in the Asia-Pacific

UNEVOC Virtual Conference Reports

Contact us

We would like to hear from you about your institutional actions.

Contact the UNESCO-UNEVOC Greening TVET and ESD programme to learn more:

Contact: unevoc.greeningtvet(at)unesco.org, Tel: +49 228 815 0123

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