ILO-UNESCO Joint Survey on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Skills Development during the time of COVID-19. May, 2020

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The purpose of this joint survey is to gather information on good practices and to allow knowledge sharing, with the aim of helping countries around the world mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the areas of TVET and skills development.

The survey targets: 

  • providers of initial and continuing technical and vocational education and training 
  • policy makers (such as Ministries of Labour and Education) 
  • social partners (employers and workers organisations) 

The collected information can help countries address the crisis’ impacts on training, manage the learning and training processes more effectively, and increase resilience during the pandemic.

As of 15 May 2020, around 90% of respondents reported complete closure of TVET centres and centres in their countries as a response to the spread of the pandemic. In 114 countries (out of 126), complete closure is reported by the majority of the respondents. Partial closure was more commonly reported by respondents in some regions, mainly Asia and the Pacific, Americas, and Europe and Central Asia. Countries reporting partial closure include Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, as well as in Australia, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Lebanon, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkmenistan, Ukraine.

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