Improving transitions from school to work through engaging youth in policy dialogue
Status of initiative: Completed
Description/achievement of initiative

The objective of this partnership is to achieve improved youth transitions between education and the world of work through engaging youth in policy dialogue on TVET. Youth constitute a large proportion of the population in SIDS. Whilst youth are a huge asset for sustainable development, too many young people experience difficulties making school-to-work transitions and in meeting their aspirations. Unemployment, low paid work and a lack of job opportunities are major concerns. Youth can also have a negative impact on social cohesion and contribute to concerns about rising crime in SIDS.Sustainable development in SIDS depends to an important extent on how well SIDS take account of and engage with the aspirations of youth. This partnership will strengthen engagement with youth in policy dialogue and formulation processes, in order to shape future skills, improve transitions and to advance sustainable development.

Implementation methodologies

A policy workshop TVET policy review and development in the Eastern Caribbean will take place in 2015 for the purpose of peer learning. Countries will share experiences and progress made on the development of TVET policies which take a more integrated approach towards meeting the learning and skills needs and aspirations of youth.The Second Caribbean Regional Conference on TVET is planned for May 2015, as foreseen in the Montego Bay Declaration on TVET (2012), through a multi-stakeholder partnership. The UNESCO-UNEVOC Network members have an important implementation role, in relation to national TVET stakeholders. Network members, individually and collectively, will further support the involvement of youth networks in TVET policy reviews. The involvement of diverse labour market stakeholders, including youth and students organisations, in the various activities (the policy workshop, the Caribbean regional and national policy reviews) will enhance policy dialogue and formulation processes.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

In addition to the policy workshop, regional conference, and national policy reviews, the involvement of the University partners will contribute to further research, capacity building and technology transfer. Electronic platforms of the partners, most notably UNESCO-UNEVOC's e-forum, will be used to sustain the communication of information and expertise.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The partnership builds on existing collaborations in the Caribbean to strengthen TVET and skills development through credible national TVET policies. A steering committee involving the various partners will be convened, the secretariat of which will be UNESCO.The UNESCO-UNEVOC network enables SIDS to share experiences of TVET policy review and development and as such is also an important coordination mechanism.


United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); School of Education; University of West Indies; Caribbean Association of National Training Agencies (CANTA); Caribbean Development Bank (CDB); CARICOM Secretariat, International Labour Organization (ILO); TVET Units in the Ministries of Education in the Caribbean.
1.TVET policy review and development workshop in Eastern Caribbean
2.Caribbean Regional Conference involving youth organisations
3.New national TVET policies developed in 3 SIDS
Resources devoted to implementation
Other, please specify
Other partners are expected to provide technical expertise and resources for capacity development.
Staff / Technical expertise
UNESCO Programme Specialists (based in Kingston, Paris and Bonn)
Financing (in USD)
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: December 31, 2016
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Keith Holmes, k.holmes@unesco.org

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