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Outdated competencies and qualifications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 August 2022 UNESCO-UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme 2022 The UNESCO-UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme aims to build the capacity of TVET leaders and professionals from around the world. The 2022 edition focuses on "Re-thinking TVET systems and programmes to anticipate demand, adapt and take action for a just and green transition".
Deadline for applications: 4 September 2022 read more
27 July 2022 Building skills for the green and circular transition UNESCO-UNEVOC, with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), is developing the capacities of TVET teachers and training staff to implement green and circular economy approaches to skills for employment and entrepreneurship. read more
25 June 2022 Promoting green jobs for the youth of Andohahela, Madagascar UNESCO is working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Technical Education and Vocational Training of Madagascar (METFP) for the creation of green jobs to tackle youth unemployment and strengthen the protection of Rainforests of the Atsinanana, UNESCO World Natural Heritage site. read more
10 June 2022 Renewable energies: Let’s build a sustainable future Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles, in collaboration with the Nergica Collegial Research Centre, organized a webinar on renewable energies and their contribution to a sustainable future for us all. The webinar discussed the importance of producing electricity in a green and sustainable way, as well as its benefits for our planet.
6 April 2022 TVET and climate change action UNESCO-UNEVOC and Co-leads of the Sustainable Development Goals Affinity Group held a two-hour virtual workshop on the Energy Rapid Overview and Decision Support (En-ROADS) climate change solutions simulator. read more
24 March 2022 Building TVET resilience for a just and sustainable transition UNESCO-UNEVOC is launching a year-long project to strengthen the resilience of UNEVOC Centres and other education and training stakeholders as part of the pandemic recovery process. The project is being implemented with the support of the German Federal Government through Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. read more