Enhancing RVA for skills development

The economic and demographic changes and the crisis resulting from armed conflict has caused mass displacement of workers who will need to redirect their education and work careers. The knowledge, skills and competences of individuals therefore need to be identified, recognized and utilized in a more efficient manner. Many of these people work in the informal sector, which employs the bulk of the world’s working population.

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1. Skills recognition in the informal sector

There is growing attention being paid to the recognition and certification of the competences and learning outcomes of workers living and working in the informal sector to promote decent employment and social equality. It is estimated that 500 million people in the world work in the informal sector. The lack of formal qualifications and certifications makes informal sector workers vulnerable. UIL provides policy makers with evidence on opportunities for recognizing informal sector workers’ skills and competences in different national contexts. It also analyses the added value of linking informal skills development to recognition and certification in terms of formalizing curricula and training standards, creating a new stimulus for public-private partnerships and improving the value and attractiveness of education and training for the informal sector at the systemic level.

2. Green skills inclusion in RVA

A joint comparative study between UIL and the Hong Kong Institute of Education (Hong Kong SAR China) entitled ‘Inclusion of green skills in RVA’ includes seven countries in Asia: China, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Philippines, Malaysia and Kazakhstan. The study shows the potential of RVA to promote ‘green skills’ in micro and small enterprises of the formal and informal sector. The issue of promoting environmentally friendly ‘green skills’ is at the core of UNESCO’s Education 2030 agenda on sustainable development and lifelong learning. It was also the topic of the Global Forum on Skills for Work and Life, which was organized by the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training in 2014.



Global Observatory of Recognition, Validation and Accreditation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

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