Education and Vocational Training
Education is an essential factor for poverty reduction and development. For this reason, inclusive, equitable and quality education is anchored in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as Goal 4. Education can have a sustainable impact at the social, economic, political and cultural levels. Hence well-educated people also have better opportunities for employment and participation in society. In addition to developing and ensuring quality in the education sector, Austria is committed to inclusion. Enabling even more people to have equal access to vocational and higher education is therefore an objective of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the agency of Austrian Development Cooperation.
VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING (VET) AND THE LABOUR MARKET
Vocational education and training (VET) facilitates access to adequately paid work and opens up prospects for productive employment. In pursuit of these outcomes, the Austrian Development Cooperation promotes the development of modern educational services and the establishment of effective national VET systems. Close cooperation among the education sector, the private sector and social partner organisations plays an increasingly important role in fostering the economic benefits of VET system reform.
Austrian Development Cooperation supports formal and non-formal training and education, aligned with actual labour-market needs and combined with work-based learning elements. Gaining occupational skills and knowledge is essential especially for marginalized population groups and regions.