UNITED NATIONS, July 10 (Xinhua) -- The development of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) should be a top priority in the quest to tackle global youth unemployment, said a top UNESCO official here Tuesday.
"Youth unemployment, today, is one of the biggest concerns for almost all countries in the world," said UNESCO's Assistant Director General for Education Tang Qian at a briefing on TVET.
According to him, over the next decade, the world's working- age population will increase by an estimated 600 million, which means we have to find a way to offer 600 million more jobs at the global level. Empowering young people so that they can find a job is thus the biggest challenge facing societies as well as TVET.
Changing labor market, rapid technical progress, sustainable development issues, and peace and security concerns are among other factors challenging TVET's capacity to develop adaptive and innovative responses, he said.
To address such challenges, Tang noted, during the Third UNESCO TVET Congress that ended in Shanghai on 16 May, the participants called for deep transformation and expansion of TVET and identified several areas of action to tackle these issues.
These include expanding access to TVET and improving its quality and equity; improving the relevance of TVET which provides young people with skills that are relevant to the labor market; enhancing international cooperation and dialogue on the standardization and recognition of TVET qualifications which can promote the mobility of skills; building partnerships among all stakeholders such as public, private and civil society organizations.
Furthermore, TVET also needs to be transformed to better assist learners to develop technical skills for specific "green jobs", he added.