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Skills for decent work, life and sustainable development: Vocational education and the sustainable development goals

Simon McGrath, Joyceline Alla-Mensah and Margarita Langthaler

No 18, Briefing Papers from Austrian Foundation for Development Research (ÖFSE)

Abstract: While Vocational Education and Training (VET) was almost absent from earlier international development frameworks, the Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) attach greater importance to it. VET is an integral part of the education SDG (SDG 4) and its transversal role for a global transformation is widely acknowledged. However, the conceptual and policy debate is lagging behind. This Briefing Paper analyses the VET and SDG debates from different angles. In the first part, the paper traces the history of VET in international development cooperation and summarises the discussion on current VET concepts, policies and practices in the SDG context with a focus on migration. In the second part, the Briefing Paper, in drawing on a number of theoretical approaches, examines how skills and VET are conceptualised in the broader context of poverty reduction, growth and decent work. Finally, the Paper reflects on the potential contribution of Germanophone VET models to a new human and sustainable development paradigm that arises out of the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs.

Keywords: Vocational Education and Training; Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); Poverty Reduction; Growth; Decent Work; Migration; Dual system of apprenticeship training (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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