Policy brief

Making TVET and skills systems inclusive of persons with disabilities

This policy brief focuses on how mainstream Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and skills development systems can contribute to improving the labour market situation of persons with disabilities.

By becoming more inclusive of trainees with disabilities in their programmes, TVET systems can enhance the productivity and earnings of disabled workers. Thereby TVET programmes become more effective in meeting their overall goal of connecting technical training to labour market needs. This brief outlines the steps involved in making these programmes accessible to persons with disabilities, thus enabling them to acquire skills and qualifications required in the labour market and improve their employment prospects. It examines different barriers to inclusion and how these can be overcome, building on good practice examples from around the world. It looks at how mainstream systems can benefit from alliances with workers’ and employers’ organizations, specialist agencies catering to persons with disabilities and organizations of persons with disabilities.