About the Programme
TVET comprises formal, non-formal and informal learning for the world of work. UNESCO leads the global debate by advocating for the rethinking of TVET to enhance its role in developing more equitable and sustainable societies. Young people, women and men learn knowledge and skills from basic to advanced levels across a wide range of institutional and work settings and in diverse socio-economic contexts.
Faced with high levels of youth unemployment, rapidly changing labour markets, technological advancement, globalization, and persistent social inequalities and tensions, many governments are prioritizing the development of skills for the world of work through technical and vocational education and training (TVET).
In this context, UNESCO calls for the transformation of TVET so it encompasses the full range of skills that are needed for, and in, the world of work. This implies grounding TVET in a lifelong perspective of learning, which seeks to guarantee equality of opportunity to for all. This transformed vision of TVET comprises formal, non-formal and informal learning.
UNESCO’s Strategy for TVET (2010-2015) identifies three main areas of work for the Organization: policy advice and capacity development; setting international standards and monitoring; and knowledge sharing.
The global framework that guides collective action in support of the development of TVET was defined at the Third International Congress on TVET (Shanghai, 2012) organized by UNESCO.