Several of the SDGs have placed prominence on the need to enhance the role of technical and vocational education and training (TVET). SDG 4, 6, 8 and 13 all have specific targets for TVET to strive to achieve. In particular, the SDGs call on the need for the greening of TVET institutions, to provide the skilled labour forces needed for countries to meet their national SDG commitments. There is hope that reorienting TVET to address sustainability will be a major means to assist small to medium sized enterprises (SME) to undertake both the greening of existing enterprise and the development of new SME to meet the emerging sustainable economy.
What do we do?
The UNESCO Chair at York is advisor to UNESCO-UNEVOC in Bonn (Germany) to support their activities, especially using a whole-institution approach in reorienting current TVET schools and colleges. We have contributed to preparing a practical guide for institutions to assist them in their greening process: Greening Technical and Vocational Education and Training.
In addition, to preparing the handbook, Charles regularly presents at UNEVOC in delivering their “UNEVOC TVET Leadership” program in Bonn and around the world.