21st Century Skills for Work and Life and a Move to the Greening of Economies for Sustainable Development

Presenters:        Dr. Rupert Maclean, Lead Principal Investigator
                            Prof. John Fien, Principal Investigator

This presentation examined key aspects of the global challenges for TVET arising from the fundamental changes in society, technology and global economic shifts. Global warming and other environmental issues are increasingly driving many of these changes, and the movement towards “greening the economy” is impacting on the skills needed for employability. This is the green skills agenda. In doing this, it examines the relationship between green skills and 21st Century skills and analyses contributions to human capital development. The paper draws on findings from research undertaken by the presenters for the Asian Development Bank on ‘Education and Skills for Inclusive Growth, Green Jobs and the Greening of Economies in Asia’, and research they are currently undertaking on ‘Improving and Enriching the Human Capital of Qatar through the Identification and Development of 21st Century Skills for Sustainability and Employability’. Case studies will be provided from Australia, SE Asia, South Asia and Qatar.

TVET, 21st Century Skills: Relevance for Learning Cities

Presenters:        Dr. Leone Wheeler, Principal Investigator

Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is an essential component of “effective learning for and in the workplace”, a key building block of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO’s) Key Features of Learning Cities. The UNESCO Learning Cities and the SDGs: A Guide to Action have given further prominence to decent work for all and entrepreneurship. TVET provides pathways to employment, particularly for young people, and skills development and retraining for older workers. Thus, workplace learning and TVET are integral to a learning city approach focused on lifelong learning. Skills development can also contribute to diversification of the economy and sustainable development. This paper is an update on Wheeler (2017) which synthesizes literature on skills development through TVET and UNESCO’s Key Features of Learning Cities. It also reviews key documents from member cities in the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities, and literature from a Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) project about 21st Century Skills for sustainability and employability. The emphasis is on learning for and in the workplace learning, and the role of TVET within a broader lifelong learning framework.

Reference:            Leone Wheeler (2017): TVET and the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities: relevance for countries in the Middle East, International Journal of Training Research, DOI: 10.1080/14480220.2017.1376776