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Skills for decent work, life and sustainable development

Vocational Education and the Sustainable Development Goals

Simon McGrath / Joyceline Alla-Mensah / Margarita Langthaler

Wien, September 2018

While Vocational Education and Training (VET) was almost absent from earlier international development frameworks, the Agenda 2030 and its SDGs attach greater importance to it. 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 Papers examines how skills and VET are conceptualised in the broader context of poverty reduction, growth and decent work. Finally it 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.

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