Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

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Education or training activities oriented to provide the necessary knowledge and skills to perform a job, an occupation, or a professional activity. Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) refers to deliberate interventions to bring about learning which would make people more productive (or simply adequately productive) in designated areas of activity.

TVET will also apply to other forms of education (which are not unique to TVET), e.g. expert knowledge, skills development, insights and mindsets which are considered to be generally valuable for learners of many areas of economic activity.

The distinctive objective and aim, which sets TVET apart from other forms of education and training, is the “work productivity”, as the only form of education which matters for performance in the workplace (looking on contents, methods and changes that take place within the production and world of work).[1] Vocational training includes apprenticeships, as well as continuing professional development, closely linked to lifelong learning. [2]

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Below you have a list of selected websites where you can find additional information:
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ILO/Cinterfor Information on Cinterfor, the Inter-American Center for Knowledge Development in Vocational Training.
ILO/Cinterfor's member institutions network Vocational Training map in Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain.
Promising Practices in TVET database This UNESCO collection of 'promising practices' draws upon three sources of information, namely case studies and related articles published by the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre, promising practices that were presented during the Third TVET Congress (Shanghai, 14-16 May 2012), and the global trends and issues in TVET that were identified for the UNESCO World TVET report.
The UNESCO-UNEVOC Publications database Access titles published or co-published by UNESCO-UNEVOC, many of them in cooperation with partners or external publishers. UNESCO-UNEVOC maintains a publications programme that aims to contribute to the international debate on key aspects of education for the world of work.
ILO/ UNESCO's YouTube series on TVET Check out these brief video series of examples of TVET in action in 7 different countries.
The TVET collection of openly licensed educational resources (OER) The TVET collection of openly licensed educational resources (OER). This collection only covers the TVET priority subject areas which are: foundation courses (english, maths, science including communication, research and study skills), emergency response, energy efficiency, tourism, health, ICT and transportation.
European Commission: vocational education and training (VET) Information on the EU's 'Education and Training 2010' work programme to strengthen the provision of VET across Europe.


  1. (19 March 2009)
  2. (19 March 2009)