Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Major Trends and Concerns in Skills Development

  3. Skills Development: Emerging Issues and Strategies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Robin Shreeve, Jennifer Gibb, Shayla Ribeiro
      Pages 113-133 Open Access
    3. Cristina Martinez-Fernandez, Kyungsoo Choi
      Pages 155-179 Open Access
    4. Li Wang, Qutub Uddin Khan, Dian Zhang
      Pages 213-240 Open Access
    5. James Yonghwee Lim
      Pages 241-251 Open Access
  4. TVET and the Greening of Economies

  5. Going Forward: Possible Next Steps for a Skills Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 367-367
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 381-383

About this book


Focusing on the Asia-Pacific region, which  in recent years has been the engine of global economic  growth , this volume surveys trends and prospects in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) with particular reference to achieving inclusive growth and the greening of economies. Underlying the increasing pressure for new models of TVET provision is the rapid pace of technological change, demand for a work force which is highly responsive to evolving needs and a transforming market place that calls for higher order skills and  lifelong learning. The book proposes a re-engineered, modernized TVET system that fosters an innovative approach which enhances the employability of workers as well as the sustainability of their livelihoods.

The book includes contributions from leading policy makers, researchers, and practitioners, including those in the private sector in analyzing and forecasting the most urgent priorities in skills development.  The book argues for creative approaches to TVET design and delivery particularly with a view to improving job prospects , and meeting the goals of inclusion, sustainable development and social cohesion. Addressing issues such as the chronic mismatches between skills acquired and actual skills required in the work place, the volume proposes diversified approaches towards workforce development and partnerships with the private sector to improve the quality and relevance of skills development .   The new imperatives created by ‘greening’ economies and responses required in skills development and training are addressed. Developing TVET is a high priority for governments in the Asia Pacific region as they  seek to achieve long-term sustainable  growth since the .continued success of their economic destinies depend on it. The volume also includes an emerging framework for skills development for inclusive and sustainable growth in the Asia and Pacific region.


Asian Development Bank TVET Technical and Vocational Education and Training UNESCO employability Asia skills development

Editors and affiliations

  • Rupert Maclean
    • 1
  • Shanti Jagannathan
    • 2
  • Jouko Sarvi
    • 3
  1. 1.The Hong Kong Institute of EducationHong KongChina
  2. 2.Regional and Sustainable DevelopmentAsian Development BankMetro ManilaPhilippines
  3. 3.Education Practice LeaderAsian Development BankMetro ManilaPhilippines

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