TVET Greening for Sustainable Development

Many countries have placed a focus on green growth specifically aimed at achieving a resilient, low-carbon and resource-efficient economic model that leads to a higher quality of life, the so-called green economy. This model will create environmentally friendly jobs that fill jobs in today’s industry and require workers with environmentally friendly skills competencies. The problem is, most TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) institutions currently only emphasize hard skills and soft skills. This was disclosed by Dr. Eng. Agus Setiawan, M.Sc., in the AGROFEST11 national seminar (Semnas) organized by Himagrin UPI (Agroindustry Student Association) on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2019 at the Achmad Sanusi Building UPI, Bandung.

UPI FPTK lecturers who are also RAVTE (Regional Association of Vocational Education and Engineering in Asia) stressed the importance of the role of TVET institutions in producing workers with green skills because TVET is directly related to the economy and community development. According to him, green skills are needed by the green industry. However, the existing skills training framework for TVET does not include an element of green skills. Therefore, the existing framework must be revised and restructured to meet the needs of the green industry.

Generally, Green Skills consists of three dimensions, namely the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed by workers to promote sustainable development. In the framework of sustainable economic development such as the green economy model, the development of green TVET is needed to support the preparation of green skills that fill green jobs in the green industry. This was conveyed by the speaker as the closing of the afternoon National Seminar with the theme “Greening TVET for Sustainable Development”.