Deeper links, stronger institutions, decent jobs – Building better TVET systems

15-16 September 2023
Kathmandu, Nepal

Education is the key to sustainable development. Despite great success in educational access, inclusion, and participation, challenges are also critical. We have challenges in our educational system and larger societal, political, and economic contexts. The emerging challenges brought forward by the global pandemic and other humanitarian crises like climate change and the stark divide between humans and nations have once again shown the necessity of robust, sustainable, and inclusive systems and institutions. Investing in education and vocational skills increases youths’ engagement in productive and gainful work – an essential element of inclusive and sustainable development.  
However, increasing participation and the quality of education do not automatically result in deeper links, stronger institutions, and decent jobs. A match between the skills demanded by the labour market and the acquisition of skills by educated people in their educational institutes leads to decent jobs. Likewise, deeper links among social institutions, institutions, particularly education and employment, is one of the conditions for achieving full and productive employment opportunities. Moreover, education systems cannot operate in a vacuum: systems and institutions support utilizing newly acquired skills.
We have critical challenges in our educational systems leading to an uncertain future. However, despite all these uncertainties, we are hopeful and getting prepared for the future. Thus, we believe that the human resources that education systems prepare for an uncertain future and contribute to the formation of a better society. We can contribute to this goal by collaborating and sharing our knowledge and experiences. This conference aims to provide a platform for leading scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and students to reflect on and discuss the drivers of high-quality education and training and improve working conditions for youth and all. 


Deeper links, stronger institutions, decent jobs – Building better TVET systems

– TVET systems and linkages: TVET system and its backward (support system, student context) and forward linkages (labour market, employment, income), policies/programs and their implementations

– TVET research and knowledge base: availability of research-based knowledge, management information system, measuring skills, designing and implementing surveys, measuring individual and/or firm outcomes

– TVET institutions: governance and functioning, technology, quality, relevance, efficiency, outcome, learning, assessment, permeability, teacher, attracting/participation of youth in TVET

– TVET in society: political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of TVET from a broader social perspective and work environment – work environment within the TVET system as well as in the employment sector

– TVET for the future: preparing TVET for the future, how TVET could contribute to addressing future/emerging challenges

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Program Proceeding

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