Eight Proposals for a Strengthened Focus on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the Education for All (EFA) Agenda
These eight proposals derive from several bodies of work on skills development which have been completed in the last 3 years. They seek to avoid merely summarizing this work, but to extract from it, for this discussion on skills development, some new ways of thinking about the topic, some priority areas and neglected issues, key topics, as well as data and research needs. The work reviewed includes the valuable section in GMR 2010 (pp. 76-93) on Youth and Adult Skills; Planning for Technical and Vocational Skills Development (King and Palmer, September 2010); Skills research by the Research Consortium on Educational Outcomes and Poverty (RECOUP: 2010; 2011); A Technical and Vocational Education and Training Strategy for UNESCO (UNEVOC, 2009; UNESCO, 2009); and Skills for Work, Growth and Poverty Reduction (King and Palmer, 2008).