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Thank you for joining us on 27 and 28 April 2021 at our virtual venue to enhance peer learning and exchange of innovative ideas and experiences among TVET stakeholders!

Our virtual doors are still open to access conference recordings, presentations and graphic recordings for one month after the event.

Bridging Asia-Pacific and Europe: New Qualifications and Competencies in TVET is organized by the BILT project and co-hosted by Temasek Polytechnic. The conference provides the platform to explore challenges and practical solutions with regards to new qualifications and competencies in the fields of digitalization, entrepreneurship, greening and migration in TVET. The discussions evolve around the relevance, innovativeness, and applicability of the presented approaches to different contexts.

Furthermore, successful practices around the identification of new qualifications and competencies, their integration into curricula and training regulations, and their implementation in teaching and training will be examined. The preliminary results of a three-volume publication on the processes of identification, integration and implementation at different systemic levels will be presented and discussed with the participants.

The event aims to contribute to the achievement of the following outcomes:

Improved knowledge:

  • Potential Innovation and Learning Practices on new qualifications and competencies, either as an independent BILT theme, or in relation to the themes of digitalization, greening, entrepreneurship, and migration, are identified and disseminated at the global level.
  • Challenges and solutions with regards to the identification, integration and implementation of new qualifications and competencies in TVET are identified in the Asia-Pacific region.
Stonger UNEVOC Network:

  • Exchanges among TVET stakeholders from the Asia-Pacific region and Europe are fostered.
Engagement with BILT:

  • Main engagement opportunities with the BILT project in 2021 are explored.

Graphic recordings and presentations

Day 1, 27 April 2021

Conference Moderation:
Ms Vera Hark, BILT Project Manager, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), Germany
Mr Teng Leng Lim, Deputy Director (International Relations), Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore
Mr Wilson Lima Junior, BILT Project Manager, UNESCO-UNEVOC

Welcome remarks
Ms Soo-Hyang Choi, Director, UNESCO-UNEVOC
Mr Aw Tuan Kee, Senior Director, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore
Ms Catrin Hannken, Deputy Director-General for Vocational Training, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany

Key note
Mr Brajesh Panth, Chief, Education Sector Group, Asian Development Bank

Objective: To understand the major trends impacting the world of work in Asia and how differences in technology, educational levels and migration affect the regional economy.
Towards future oriented TVET systems: New qualifications and competencies for entrepreneurship, digitalization, greening and migration
Moderated by Ms Jolien van Uden, Human Capital Development Specialist – Innovative Teaching and Learning, European Training Foundation (ETF)

Objective: To present innovative practices that address the themes of digitalization, greening, entrepreneurship and migration, highlighting relevant aspects related to the identification, integration and implementation of new qualifications and competencies.
Presented by:
  1. Entrepreneurship: Mr Wallace Lim, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Department, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore, on “Framework for Entrepreneurship Training in Temasek Polytechnic”
  2. Greening: Mr Rajesh P. Khambayat, Joint Director, PSS Central Institute of Vocational Education, Bhopal, India, on “Advancing Vocational Education and Training in Indian Schools”
  3. Migration: Mr Janaka Jayalath, Deputy Director General, Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC), Sri Lanka, on “Skilling Returning Migrant Workers Program”
  4. Digitalization: Ms Jacqueline J. Ali, Supervising Technical Education and Skills Development (TESD) Specialist, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Philippines, on “TESDA Online Program (TOP)”
Each of the presentations will be followed by a questions and answers session open to the audience.
What we can learn from each other – Bridging regional perspectives on new qualifications and competencies
Moderated by Ms Jolien van Uden, ETF

Objective: highlight and synthesize the main learnings from the four initiatives and their discussion. Explore how Europe and Asia and the Pacific can benefit from each other’s experience regarding the identification, integration and implementation of new qualifications and competencies in TVET.
Podium speakers:
  • Ms Anastasia Pouliou, Expert, Department for VET Systems and Institutions, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop)
  • Mr Dato Palani, Head, ASEAN Future Workforce Council (AFWC)
  Networking & parallel information sessions

Objective: revive old relationships and build new ones in our virtual networking lounge; explore new possibilities of engagement with the BILT project, with UNESCO-UNEVOC and with Temasek Polytechnic in one of our three information sessions.

Blue Room: How to submit an Innovation and Learning Practice
Learn about the concept and how to submit an innovation and learning practice from your institution.
Ms Alexandra Filippova, Programme Assistant, UNESCO-UNEVOC

Orange Room: How to engage with the UNEVOC Network
Introducing the UNEVOC Network, UNESCO's unique global platform of TVET institutions, the session is intended for TVET stakeholders that are not yet members but are interested to find out more about the network's mission and objectives, composition, and possibilities for future engagement.
Mr Wouter De Regt, Team Leader for the Network Secretariat, UNESCO-UNEVOC

Green Room: Micro-Learning and the Pandemic
Learn how Temasek Polytechnic supports the National Effort in Continuing Education and Training during a Global Pandemic.
Mr Hsien Wei Tan, Assistant Director, Business Development & Marketing, Temasek SkillsFuture Academy, Temasek Polytechnic

Day 2, 28 April 2021

Introduction: New qualifications and competencies – a continuous challenge & opportunity for TVET systems
Mr Dieter Euler, Professor for Educational Management and Business Education, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Objective: underline the importance of improving the intersections between the world of work and the world of education; understand the frame conditions for the process of identification, integration and implementation of new qualifications and competencies, which enables TVET systems to respond accurately and promptly to the needs of society.
  Parallel breakout sessions

Objective: delve into the process of identifying, integrating and implementing new qualifications and competencies, while exploring the limits and possibilities set by the major trends affecting TVET in Asia and Europe.
Blue Room: Identifying new qualifications and competencies - suitable approaches and instruments
Moderated by Mr Philip Loveder, Executive Manager, Inform and Engage, National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Australia

Objective: explore challenges and solutions faced by TVET systems in identifying relevant and future-oriented qualifications and competencies in a fast-evolving technological scenario.
Podium speakers:
  • Ms Sandra Couinaud, Director, AR2i PACA Corse, Inter-industry Competence Operator, France
  • Mr Hiroyuki Aoki, Senior Director for International Affairs, Headquarters of National Institute of Technology, Japan
Orange room: Integrating new qualifications and competencies into curricula and training regulations
Moderated by Mr Matteo Sgarzi, Head of Mission, International Relations, Centre for Studies and Research on Qualifications (Céreq), France

Objective: understand the hurdles and catalysts to design flexible and appealing curricula, increasing lifelong learning opportunities to students and learners. Explore the existing interfaces with the processes of identification and implementation.
Podium speakers:
  • Mr Antun Perusina, Headmaster, Dubrovnik Tourist and Catering School, Croatia
  • Ms Jullada Meejul, Deputy Director General, Thailand Professional Qualification Institute (TPQI), Thailand
  • Mr Loh Gin Hin, Deputy Director, Quality Development & Planning and Domain Chair, Education Research & Development, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore
Green room: Implementing new qualifications and competencies through new teaching and training approaches
Moderated by Mr James Keevy, Chief Executive, JET Educational Services, South Africa

Objective: take stock of the diverse institutional settings in place in Asia and Europe and how they condition the evolvement of the teaching and training practice.
Podium speakers:
  • Ms Tiina Kroll, Educational Specialist, Tallinn Industrial Education Centre, Estonia
  • Mr Wenming Yang, UNEVOC Centre Coordinator, Shenzhen Polytechnic, China
Connecting the three I's: main learnings from the breakout sessions
Moderated by Mr Mergim Jahiu, International Advisor in VET, International Relations, Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET), Switzerland

Objective: To present the main takeaways from each breakout session while highlighting the interplay between the identification, integration and implementation of new qualifications and competencies.
Podium speakers:
  • Mr Philip Loveder, National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Australia
  • Mr Matteo Sgarzi, Centre for Studies and Research on Qualifications (Céreq), France
  • Mr James Keevy, JET Educational Services, South Africa
  •   Closing of the conference
    Mr Jens Liebe, Team Leader for Innovation and the Future of TVET, UNESCO-UNEVOC
    Mr Michael Schwarz, Senior Technical Advisor, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), Germany

    Objective: wrap up the event and look at the next steps for the BILT project until December 2021; highlight the existing opportunities for TVET institutions from across the globe to engage in the project’s activities.


    Innovation and Learning Practices: innovative initiatives that address current challenges to TVET systems

    As part of the BILT project, UNESCO-UNEVOC and BIBB are calling for submissions of innovative initiatives that address current challenges related to global trends in TVET systems in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Europe. Selected initiatives will be published as examples of best practice.

    To learn more about the concept and to submit your initiative for evaluation, please visit BILT - Submit ILP. Already published Innovation and Learning Practices are accessible at the BILT Online Library.

    Major outcomes of the Trends Mapping Study “Trends in New Qualifications and Competencies for TVET. Perspectives of the European UNEVOC Network”

    The aim of BILT’s Trends Mapping Study is to identify trends in new qualifications and competencies as society, economies and labour markets evolve in ever-faster cycles. With relevant new qualifications and competencies identified, the Trends Mapping Study explores innovative strategies for their integration into curricula and training regulations. It further explores options for the implementation of new qualifications and competencies in teaching and training through the use of new methods and technologies, as well as adequate teacher and trainer training. Selected working examples of applied projects and initiatives offer a wide range of illustrations.

    Trends in New Qualifications and Competencies for TVET - Perspectives of the European UNEVOC Network

    Trends Mapping Study
    This Trends Mapping Study is part of the Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET project. It draws on a selection of relevant literature, the data collected from the UNEVOC Network using an online survey and focus group activities, as well as on inf ...

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    About the BILT Project

    The BILT project is a reference point for innovation and learning in TVET through network collaboration within Europe, and in a bridging process with African and Asian partners, while developing a set of practically-oriented publications related to New Qualifications and Competencies. The project complements national developments to explore and support innovative, market-oriented and attractive modes of learning and cooperation in TVET.

    Having national qualifications and competencies in view, the BILT Project supports collaboration activities that are targeted to better understand the state-of-play and enhance national as well as multi-national TVET capacities, to generate new knowledge and to share information on national TVET practices, e.g. through innovation and learning examples and implementation examples. In 2021, a structured exchange on the respective topic takes place between the European, African, and Asian and the Pacific UNEVOC Centres as well as other interested TVET stakeholders.

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