TVET definition: TVET stands for Technical and Vocational Education and Training.
Let’s dissect the meaning of each word from the accronym TVET:
- Technical refers to: subject matters that are technical in nature, relating to hardware and software, including trouble shooting practises and engineering processes.
- Vocational relates to: an occupation or an employment, often referring to hands-on skills within professional trades.
- Education refers to: formal education, starting in high school and also including post secondary education, such as colleges, polytechnics and universities.
- Training refers to: informal education, also called life long learning or continuing education, often used in initiatives of reskilling or upskilling company staff or a wider workforce.
So, what does TVET really mean?
In its essence TVET stands for education or training, which is technical in nature and aimed to provide skills for a person related to a profession, in order for that person to get a job and provide a livelyhood.
What are relevant topics of TVET?
TVET is an important tool for government to decrease unemployment, to provide workforce to private sector, and to attract foreign direct investment.
Hence there are many fields of study such as policy, funding, frameworks, system reform, gender, TVET for sustainable development etc.
The part of government involved with these issues is often referred to as the local TVET authority.
There are many ways to execute TVET and the options range from publicly funded institutions (such as high schools, colleges, polytechnics and universities), to semi-private or private institutions run as corporate training centers or corporate universities.
Relevant topics here are demand analysis and close collaboration with industry, marketing and institution management, as well as student recruitment.
The institutions involved with execution are sometimes also referred to as TVET providers.
Teaching technical subjects, is best done with a hands-on realistic approach.
The benefits are increased content retainment, better student engagement, improved critical thinking, more real-world experience and increased workplace safety.
Adequate training systems are necessary tools needed by all educators or trainers to effectively train the next generation technical workforce.
Edquip is a good place to find TVET training systems.
Further suggested readings:
Below a few of our popular articles, you can also explore of home page for more materials. If you are interested in contributing to TVET Journal we accept guest articles.
- The Future of TVET and how educators can respond
- Partnership with industry, 11 effective steps
- How to find the best TVET lab equipment
So, what are typical TVET jobs or professions?
TVET professions could be described as anything from: electricians, plumbers, building workers, heavy equipment operators, telecom technicians, automotive service personell, aviation maintenance technicians, machine operators, mechatronics and automation experts, industrial maintenance technicians etc. the list goes on and is very long.
Why TVET is important:
TVET is important because economic prosperity of a country is based on the education and technical expertize of its population.
Germany, Austria and Switzerland have world reknowned dual TVET systems, Canada has excellent reputation for TVET in their community college system, and Finland has a world leading education system in which TVET has major role.
Also, Singapore with no natural resources has grown into a south east asian powerhouse due to intelligent policy decisons regarding public-private collaboration in TVET. Last but not least, Chinas phenomenal growth is partly based on a heavy focus on TVET.
International sources of TVET authority:
- UNESCO-UNEVOC: this is the autority at united nations for TVET unesco
- International Labour Organization (ILO): works a lot with TVET as part of sustainable development
- European Centre for Development of Vocational Training: focuses on data generation & policy
- The World Bank: funding agency for major TVET reform projects, worldwide focus.
- Asian Development Bank: funding agency for TVET reform projects, focused on Asia.
- African Development Bank: funding agency for TVET reform projects, focused on Africa.
- Development Bank of Latin America: funding agency for TVET reform projects, focused on Latin America.
Do you have suggestions of other international sources of TVET authority? Comment below!
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24 thoughts on “TVET definition: the TVET meaning and what it stands for”
Thanks for wonderful article and information.
I really wanted to know about tvet financial strategy and management.
Thank you Jerry for kind words. Here is an article about financing TVET: https://tvetjournal.com/tvet-systems/tvet-levy-funding/
THANK YOU FOR YOUR WOUNDERFUL ARTICLE.
I AM A STUDENT STUDYING MSC. INTERNATIONAL TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN GERMANY.I WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS PROGRAMME AND ITS SCOPE IN PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY.
Thank you for the information
It’ s very good to sumary.
Thank you very much!
It’s very good.
I’m a student persuing TVET in Uganda, I would like to know if TVET has any employment opportunities for it’s trainees allover the world.
Dear Robert, thank you for your comment. TVET is a wide field and it encompasses a large amount of different professions, for which the demand varies, also geographically. As a student you should primarily try to find an area which interest you, its very hard to be successful othervise and life is too short to do boring work. Do research and try to find local training programs, courses etc. and also make sure you ask the admissions office which industry partnerships they have, if they help organizing internships and placements during and after education. Hope you find your path, best of luck!
Thank you very much for sharing us the meaning of TVET.
Thank you for reading! 🙂
Great summary on TVET. Thank you
Are specific documents on TVET on agriculture / agroforestry, specifically on small scale – subsistence?
Thank you Manuel, we are happy that you liked it!
The organization CGIAR: https://www.cgiar.org/ is a leading organization focusing on TVET around the field of agriculture.
Also, the LKDF (part of UNIDO) has been doing very interesting projects in TVET around agroforestry: https://lkdfacility.org/sadc-southern-africa/
Please come back and comment if you find other good sources!
Thank you for your sharing information. I am from TVET Department from Myanmar Chamber of Commences. It is valuable thing. I like to make research and deliver training. So I want to learn from you.
Thank you Thiri Naing, there is much more to learn on this website, and we would appreciate your perspective from Myanmar! Kind regards, TVET Journal team.
Your description of TVET in education is apt. TVET I must say is now gaining grounds in Ghana and for that matter must be taken seriously since it’s the foundation of every successful economy.
Thank you for your comment Fiam-Fiam, you are correct that a great TVET system is a booster for every successful economy.
How can we make this TVET more attractive for the nation. Because most of the people believe in grammar schools more than the TVET schools.
Thank you Emmanuel, there are various articles at TVET Journal on this topic. See various of them under the category of: https://tvetjournal.com/tvet-institutions/
I like TIVET since it has opened doors for employment to many,,keep it up
We have included your definition in UNESCO-UNEVOC’s TVETipedia glossary. Feel free to compare it with other definitions of TVET.
Thank you, Max. We can see you have other great definitions as well. Great resource you have put together!