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New Qualifications and Competencies in TVET


The identification of future-oriented qualifications and competencies is an ongoing challenge for TVET systems worldwide. It is a multi-stakeholder endeavour of great importance as it ensures the continued relevance of TVET for the world of work and contributes to the attractiveness of TVET for learners. Such new qualifications and competencies must serve market needs and lead to promising career paths for the youth.

Besides the identification of new qualifications and competencies, an additional major challenge is their efficient integration into occupational profiles, curricula, and training regulations. To ensure TVET’s responsiveness to emerging trends and industry demands, TVET systems seek new ways to integrate new qualifications and competencies into national frameworks.

A third major challenge relates to ensuring the implementation of new qualifications and competencies in practice. Teachers and trainers need access to support for their professional development and acquaint themselves with new teaching and learning methods, including through distance learning.

BILT framework for New Qualifications and Competencies

Global trends, such as internationalization, growing societal concern about environmental sustainability, and rapid technological innovation cycles accelerate the demand for up-to-date competencies, both in the workplace and everyday life. While TVET systems are trying to adapt to global trends by identifying and implementing new qualifications and competencies, partnerships and peer learning can serve as effective accelerators to this process.

The BILT project provides TVET institutions with a platform to explore and support the process of identification and implementation of new qualifications and competencies through an ecosystem approach.

The demand and supply side of the New Qualifications and Competencies ecosystem are closely interlinked and composed of co-dependent actors and processes.

On the demand side, up-to-date curricula and training regulations reflect labour market and industry demands as well as social and political developments. Emerging trends in the private sector inform the regular update of curricula and training regulations in a quick and proactive manner. The BILT project contributes to the identification of new future-oriented qualifications and competencies for relevant TVET careers, with special attention paid to the thematic fields of digitalization, greening, entrepreneurship, and migration.

On the supply side, BILT explores the subsequent integration of new qualifications and competencies into curricula and training regulations in accordance with the structure and requirements of national TVET systems. BILT project partners identify and discuss different approaches to the integration of new qualifications and competencies - including cross-cutting, sectoral, occupational, and modular approaches.

Finally, efficient delivery of new qualifications and competencies in the classroom requires the adoption of innovative teaching and learning practices, and providing teacher and trainer training, so that learners can benefit accordingly. In the BILT bridging events, BILT partners share and discuss successful examples of implementing new qualifications and competencies in practice. These include pilot projects in different sectors and occupational fields for different target groups.

To learn about successful initiatives dealing with the implementation of new qualifications and competencies from within and outside the European UNEVOC Network, please consult the BILT Workshop on New Qualifications and Competencies summary report.


BILT thematic workshop - New Qualifications and Competencies in TVET

Summary report
This summary captures the key outcomes of the thematic BILT Workshop on ‘New Qualifications and Competencies in TVET’, held at SFIVET in Lausanne, Switzerland, from 12-13 November 2019.

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BILT Innovation and Learning practices


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Within the overall framework of the European Union programme ‘Intelligent Energy Europe’, BuildEst is an Estonian-led, and EU-funded project that developed additional skills training to enhance ‘green’ competencies and promote sustainability ...

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