The Medium-Term Strategy for 2021-2023 (MTS-III) sets out how UNESCO-UNEVOC will support Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions to meet the demands of dynamic labour markets and provide quality skills training for a sustainable future of work. MTS-III continue to focusing on developing the capacities of TVET leaders, supporting TVET institutions in implementing change programs, and facilitating knowledge sharing and peer learning within the UNEVOC Network.
In the context of the multifaceted COVID-19 crisis, skills development and labour markets are being shifted and TVET institutions are being called upon to develop innovative strategies to tackle current challenges and prepare for an evolving future of work. MTS-III seeks to address the emerging challenges in TVET over the course of the next three year. As figured out, promoting future-oriented TVET that is responsive to sustainable development and the demands of dynamic labour market is the vision of the MTS-III. This strategy will be implemented through the funds provided by the Federal Government of the Republic of Germany and UNESCO. Additional contributions from other donors will be mobilized as needed. The amount of 4.8 million USD or 4.4 million EUR5 is estimated to be required for three years to ensure the successful implementation of the strategy.
In frame of this strategy, six key program areas will be implemented, as following:
1. Supporting TVET staff for a digitalized world to increase the capacity of TVET staff to handle a digitalized world: By outlining the specific digital challenges facing TVET institutions and building on the relevant outputs of two key projects - Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET and Skills for Innovation Hubs, UNESCO-UNEVOC will support TVET staff in preparing for a gender-inclusive, digitalized world of work and TVET delivery.
2. TVET for climate action to mainstream climate change responses in TVET: In this program, TVET institutions will be supported 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.
3. Inclusive TVET for migrants and disadvantaged youth to expand the skills pathways for migrants and disadvantaged youth: To implement this program, a partnership between UNESCO-UNEVOC and local organizations, the development community working in TVET at the country-level and non-formal TVET providers will be established. To increase the accessibility of skills training for migrants and disadvantaged youth, the cross sectoral projects will be identified and facilitated.
4. Private sector engagement to synergize private sector investment in TVET. A platform for dialogue and business synchronization between global companies and the development community in TVET will be established. This platform will provide opportunities for both parties to prepare for the future of work and TVET collectively, and to synergize respective investments at the country level.
5. UNEVOC Network to promote networking and peer learning among TVET institutions. With more than 250 UNEVOC Centres in 166 UNESCO Member States, its diversity and depth provide unparalleled opportunities for learning and exchange among UNEVOC Centres. A key factor in the overall improvement of collaboration between UNEVOC Centres has been the UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme. During the MTS-III period, UNESCO-UNEVOC will expand the reach of its global UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme by offering blended learning modules while adapting its regional programme to focus on capacity-building among middle-level TVET managers.
6. Knowledge management to advance TVET through knowledge exchange: Recognizing the relevance and usefulness of the knowledge generated across the six program areas outlined in this strategy, UNESCOUNEVOC will focus on streamlining its publications output and better integrating the rich content derived from its thematic engagements into its knowledge resources.
Network of UNESCO Centres and countries (Photo: UNESCO-UNEVOC)
In this strategy, a special COVID-19 response project is also designed to strengthen the responsiveness, agility and resilience of TVET institutions in the post-COVID-19 era and contributes to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in general.
During the implementation phase, four principles will be applied: partnership, optimizing, prioritizing and adapting. To reach the goals of this strategy, UNESCO-UNEVOC will cooperate with the development community and global partners as well as actors and stakeholders at the regional and country levels./.