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To remain relevant for the world of work and attractive to learners, modern TVET systems need to adapt to new technologies and structural changes in the labour market. A main challenge of TVET is to create modern professions and career paths which attract and integrate youth. With ever-faster innovation cycles, the demand for peer learning is increasing, both in Europe and internationally.

In the European UNEVOC Network, there is already a wealth of expertise in addressing TVET challenges, but little space to exchange on the experience of implementing new ideas and concepts. Such an exchange, however, could help improve and speed-up relevant action to ensure modern and relevant TVET both in Europe and beyond.

The BILT project seeks to enable exchange of experiences and peer learning across the UNEVOC Network and beyond in the thematic areas of greening, digitalization, entrepreneurship and migration. The work stream on new qualifications and competencies serves as an overarching topic and is informed by the other work streams.

BILT In Action

Project Timeline

In a first stage, the BILT project focuses on consolidating the European UNEVOC Cluster. A bridging component with UNEVOC Centres from Africa and Asia is planned for the second stage of BILT starting in 2021. The phasing in of the inter-regional collaboration was initiated during the official BILT Launch on 2 December at UNESCO-UNEVOC in Bonn, Germany.

To strengthen the capacities of the European cluster of the UNEVOC Network, a series of workshops were held in Europe during October-December 2019, where thematic experts presented and exchanged on their innovative examples in the areas of Digitalization, Greening, Entrepreneurship, Migration, and New Qualifications and Competencies in TVET:

The BILT Team

The BILT project is carried out in collaboration with the UNEVOC Network members, coordinated by UNESCO-UNEVOC, with support of the German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) and sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).



  • Michael Schwarz, Deputy Head of Division, International Advisory Services/Cooperation with Partner Institutions
  • Vera Hark, Project Manager/Technical Advisor, International Advisory Services/Cooperation with Partner Institutions



BILT flyer

Information brochure
The BILT project seeks to support TVET institutions in addressing the transformation challenges and to explore innovative approaches and new practices. Having national competencies in view, the project will support collaboration activities that are t ...

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The changing nature of work and skills in the digital age

This European Commission report aims to shed light on some of the key drivers which are worth taking into account when assessing the effect of new technologies on the future of work and skills. It combines a synthesis of the most recent and robust sc ...

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Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET (BILT) Kick-off Conference

Summary report
This report captures the key outcomes of the BILT Kick-off Conference held at UNESCO-UNEVOC in Bonn, Germany, on 10-11 July 2019.

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Human migration and TVET

Discussion paper
In the context of increased international migration, the importance of education and training and a global governance of migration is widely acknowledged in academic and international development debates. This discussion paper looks at the relati ...

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Greening with jobs

World Employment and Social Outlook 2018
While climate change mitigation measures may cause short-term job losses, the report shows that a just transition to a more sustainable economy offers much potential for job creation and the promotion of decent work. The report also looks at key i ...

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Insights into skill shortages and skill mismatch

Learning from Cedefop’s European skills and jobs survey
This publication focuses on a topic of critical concern for policy-makers in recent years: skill mis-match. Cedefop has been active in skill mismatch research and analysis for almost a decade now, identifying significant areas of concern and contenti ...

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Greening Technical and Vocational Education and Training

A practical guide for institutions
This Guide describes the macro need for TVET reform in conformity with the Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and other United Nations, UNESCO and national initiatives. The ...

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page date 2020-04-07

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