TVET and Higher Education


UNESCO supports programmes to ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university. In line with national development priorities, UNESCO helps to enhance the relevance of TVET to equip all youth and adults with the skills required for employment, decent work, entrepreneurship and lifelong learning.

UNESCO’s work focuses on three key areas outlined in its global Strategy for TVET (2016–2021): fostering youth employment and entrepreneurship, promoting equity and gender equality, and facilitating the transition to green economies and sustainable societies.

  • Youth populations are often neglected in instances of crisis and UNESCO is working to provide opportunities for this critical group to continue their education in post-basic and post secondary education streams, including Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) at community colleges and Higher Education Institutes.
  • In line with the Jordan Response Plan (JRP), UNESCO has supported the provision of alternative learning pathways for out-of-school youth through providing access to TVET. In 2017, over 200 Jordanian and Syrian youth graduated from BTEC-Level 3 TVET training programs. In 2018, a further 250 students were enrolled in BTEC-Level 2 TVET training as part of the second phase of this successful skills development program.
  • 500 Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanian women have been supported with life skills and vocational training to create their own businesses.
  • Based upon recent successes, UNESCO is continuing to focus on the expansion of TVET programming and future areas of intervention.
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