Inclusion of refugees in technical and vocational education and training

In their ambition to create a fair society and a strong economy, governments around the world are investing in skills development that not only meets the changing needs of business and increases productivity, but also enables people from all backgrounds to fulfil their potential. Sustainable growth can only be achieved if education and market systems are inclusive for all groups in society. 

Inclusion is a current priority for the UK government and globally supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In the UK and in many of the countries in which we work there is an increasing interest in the role of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in addressing the inclusion agenda. Our work therefore aims to ensure that skills development better meets the needs of individuals and the economy through high quality, relevant, respected and innovative provision. After exploring the governance of TVET last year, our research now focusses on how TVET supports inclusion.

This report provides an analysis of the situation of refugees and their inclusion in TVET across five countries – Ethiopia, Jordan, Pakistan, South Africa and the UK, in terms of availability, accessibility, acceptability, and adaptability. It provides examples of good practice and makes recommendations to relevant actors involved in TVET for refugees.