TVET menurut United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO 2015) adalah:
“TVET is a comprehensive term of a study of technologies and related fields of knowledge that is primarily concerned with the world of work. It involves the acquisition of practical skills, attitudes, comprehension and knowledge which will be relevant to a variety of careers. It is a form of life-long learning, at various level of education, which must include work –based learning and other opportunities to develop a wide range of skills that are suitable for local as well national contexts. As it promotes sustainable social and economic development through education, it is considered a significant element that will facilitate poverty alleviation in a society.