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New greening qualifications and competencies in the Asia-Pacific

By supplying the knowledge, skills and competencies needed for green jobs, TVET can play a role in building climate resilience while generating decent work opportunities in the Asia-Pacific

‘Greening’  TVET – that is, including education for ‘green’ economies and ‘green’ societies as a part of TVET qualifications and programmes – can have a major impact on countries’ transitions to low-carbon and climate-resilient economies and societies. By supplying the skills needed for green jobs, TVET can move workers up the skills ladder, raising their productivity and contribution to economic growth and improving their access to decent employment. If workers in the informal economy also benefit from green TVET initiatives, these policies could have an impact on reducing poverty and inequality in the region. (UNESCO 2016)

The ILO estimates that 14.2 million new jobs could be created in the Asia-Pacific by 2030 if countries adopt changes in energy use that limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. (ILO 2019) 

A UNESCO TVET Progress Review found that, as early as 2015, countries across the Asia-Pacific had taken action to ‘green’  TVET and to advance the ‘greening TVET’ agenda by: introducing training in skills to promote sustainability in the workplace; integrating sustainable development principles into entrepreneurship training; involving local communities and businesses in green TVET activities; greening TVET learning environments; and formulating national skills development plans to support green transitions. (UNESCO 2016)

Key facts



The BILT project is implemented by

International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training

with support of

Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training

and sponsored by

Federal Ministry of Education and Reserve

UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre

for Technical and Vocational Education and Training

UN Campus, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1

53113 Bonn, Germany


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