Technical and vocational education and training for young people in low‐ and middle‐income countries

Added June 30, 2020

Citation: Tripney J, Hombrados J, Newman M, et al. Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Interventions to Improve the Employability and Employment of Young People in Low‐ and Middle‐Income Countries: A Systematic Review. Campbell Systematic Reviews. 2013;9(1):1-171.

What is this? During the COVID-19 pandemic, business closures have led to job losses, which have disproportionately affected disadvantaged populations, including youth. Existing research on the effects of technical and vocational training for young people might provide useful information for policy makers.

In this Campbell systematic review, the authors searched for studies of the effects of technical and vocational programmes targeted at youth (aged 15 to 24 years) age in low- or middle-income countries. They did not restrict their searches by date or language of publication and did the search in September 2012. They included 3 randomized trials, 2 natural experiments and 21 quasi-experiments; and had to exclude an additional four studies published in Spanish because of a lack of resources to translated.

What was found: Overall, technical and vocational training had small, positive effects on employment for youth, but higher quality studies found smaller effects.

The relative effects of the programmes are uncertain.


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