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Tknika is the Institute for the Innovation of the Vocational and Educational Training System in the Basque Country (Spain). It was established by the Department of Education of the Basque Government in 2005 to promote innovation, creativity and... <show more>
Tknika is the Institute for the Innovation of the Vocational and Educational Training System in the Basque Country (Spain). It was established by the Department of Education of the Basque Government in 2005 to promote innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in VET centres of the Basque Country (Spain).
Through networking and direct involvement by the Basque Vocational Training teaching staff, the centre develops innovative projects in the areas of technology, education and management.
Tknika is certified with ISO 9001:2000 (Quality Management System) and UNE 166002 (Innovation in Management System). This ensures that our systematic work meets the highest standards of quality and facilitates innovation in all our projects.
Tknika´s vision is to become a reference of innovation for education and LLL in Europe, and to reach such targets we have adopted a strategy of collaboration in network at two levels:
- In the Basque Country (Spain), Tknika coordinates all the vocational training colleges (both public and private) in innovation projects and it also maintains a strategic monitoring service in contact with universities, companies and technology centres, allowing us to keep updated of the latest developments, ideas and approaches to innovation in the areas to which we refer later.
- At an international level, membership in international networks of vocational training colleges, technology centres and associations as EFVET (European Forum of Vocational Education and Training), TA3 (Transatlantic Alliance) or WFCP (World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics) allows us to share tools and knowledge about the steps being taken in different countries in the field of innovation.
All projects to be developed in Tknika have to be both innovative and focused on the acquisition and transfer of knowledge. Usually, the project managers are trainers but sometimes, depending on the project, they are specialists from the industrial world. The transfer of the results of the innovation projects must take place in the shortest possible time and should affect the whole system: public and private centres, SMEs, learning communities, local agencies, etc.
TKNIKA operates in the following areas:
- The area of applied innovation
- The area of quality management
- The area of new teaching methodologies
- The area of entrepreneurship
- The area of internationalisation
To make research and applied innovation core fundamental elements of professional training in Euskadi, to make progress in new learning settings and processes, and to reduce the skill gap from when an idea or technology comes about until society can take... <show more>
To make research and applied innovation core fundamental elements of professional training in Euskadi, to make progress in new learning settings and processes, and to reduce the skill gap from when an idea or technology comes about until society can take advantage of it. By means of technological watch, design, development, implementation and transfer of innovative products and services in Areas of Permanent Improvement, Learning, Technology, Internationalisation and Business Ventures to vocational training centres, and from thence, to the business sector. Through a dynamic open to collaboration and establishing alliances with companies, university research departments and technological centres, fomenting the creation of networks, teamwork and creativity.
To be THE European point of reference in applying advanced practices to transfer knowledge to the business network though vocational training centres.
2. Organisational commitment.
4. Proactive attitude and initiative.
7. Working seriously, but in a good mood.
1) Promote and support the technological innovation processes in Vocational Education and Training centres and companies to achieve a more competitive and dynamic Vocational and Training system
2) Collaborate with Vocational Training centres and... <show more>
1) Promote and support the technological innovation processes in Vocational Education and Training centres and companies to achieve a more competitive and dynamic Vocational and Training system
2) Collaborate with Vocational Training centres and SMEs in the development of the Information Society Technologies and the Information and Communication Technologies.
3) Promote innovation processes to create more flexible, participatory and dynamic structures based on collaboration, trust in people, in the autonomy and the ability to manage teams.
4) Work with the centres in the development of an entrepreneurial culture and in the creation of new companies sorted by VET students.
5) Design new learning environments and new methodologies to acquire competences and skills to answer to the needs of the industrial and service sector as well as of the primary sector
6) Design, develop and evaluate international projects that will have a strong impact in the daily activity of the colleges and offer different countries the possibility to carry out training processes addressed to trainers, trainees and employees in our centres or in the country of origin.
7) Develop and use of a technological awareness system that allows TKNIKA to be updated about changes in innovation anywhere in the world.
8) Ensure the efficient and effective transference of the results of the projects to the Vocational and Training system and to the SMEs.
A) Applied Research
In this regard, the objective of Tknika´s Department of Applied Innovation within the scope of Vocational Training is to reduce the time that passes between when a new technology arises until Basque society benefits from it, and to... <show more>
A) Applied Research
In this regard, the objective of Tknika´s Department of Applied Innovation within the scope of Vocational Training is to reduce the time that passes between when a new technology arises until Basque society benefits from it, and to research technologies to develop new market niches in Euskadi.
To this end, we designed the Euskadi Vocational Training Technological Innovation System, which seeks to support society and especially SMEs in the challenge posed by competing for high added value. Said system is based on the Basque Government´s Specialisation Policies, which establish priorities, and is rolled out under the Basque Vocational Training Plan through Tknika and vocational training centres.
The procedure for the aforementioned priorities takes place at Tknika and begins with an initiative surveillance, prioritisation and selection process, which are then carried out through different programmes, and then ends by transferring them to rest of vocational training centres and SMEs.
In addition to the initiatives included in the Euskadi Vocational Training Technological Innovation System, Tknika also works at ELKARNET, whose client are the centres. At ELKARNET, we take care of updating, maintaining and optimising systems, the centres´ connectivity and IT infrastructures, so that they can fully optimise and use the possibilities that they offer.
B) Continuous Improvement
These are the projects that are being developed in this área:
1) TKLEAN. The TKLean Continuous Improvement Method´s objective is to increase efficacy and efficiency for all process activities so that management for the centres is increasingly agile and flexible.
It has a design based on the concepts of the culture Lean that helps the optimization of the processes and their activities
2) IPMS is an advanced Integrated Management System for Processes that differs from the IPMS in that it also covers issues related to the environment and occupational safety, meeting the requirements of the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 standards (OHSAS 18001)
For the centers that have a more advanced management system, and using the same simple systematic that of the IPMS, it helps the management of the processes guaranteeing, besides the quality of the services, the environmental management and that of the health and job safety, the deployment of the strategy and the orientation to the results by means of the continuous improvement and the fulfillment of the requirements of three standards
3) PMS is a Process Management System that aims to be a reference for centers to design their own management system in line with to their objectives and strategies,while meeting the requirements of the ISO 9001 standard (regarding quality)
Using a simple systematic helps the management of the processes of any organization guaranteeing, besides the quality of the services, the deployment of the strategy and the orientation to the results by means of the continuous improvement and the fulfillment of the requirements of the standard
4) Hobbide is Euskadi´s framework for vocational training management, self-evaluation and improvement, based on the EFQM model and promotes a culture of excellence and permanent improvement.
It helps to show the relation between good results and good management, aligning and bringing the EFQM model to the Process Management System and favouring the homogeneous interpretation of the model in the centers.
It helps the accomplishment of periodic self evaluations of the management of centers by means of the ehobbide informatic tool.
C) Department of Entrepreneurial Activity and Change Management
Social acknowledgement of the role of innovation and entrepreneurial initiative as core agents to generate a country´s wealth and well-being is a determining factor in promoting economic and social development.
Design and develop initiatives
Designing and developing initiatives in close collaboration with vocational training centres, oriented toward reinforcing entrepreneurial initiative and culture amongst the centres´ students and teachers.
Encourage and promote the transformation of vocational training centers
Encouraging and promoting the transformation of vocational training centres, making it easier to apply focuses and models to manage innovation, through watch, creativity, idea-development, innovation project management and result transfer activities
D) Learning Processes and Methods Research
The Department of Learning Processes and Methods Research mainly has two scopes of action:
Researching, designing and applying methodological models that improve learning processes within the scope of vocational research.
The methodological section revolves around the implementation, design, development and roll-out of the ETHAZI model and the projects and services developed at the department to roll out the model. The main ones are the ETHAZI digital repository, the SET (Skills Evolution Tool) assessment tool and focus, training programmes oriented toward methodological change, the development of innovative learning spaces and building collaboration networks and alliances with reference-point national and international entities in applying advanced learning methodologies.
The design, development and training programme management that drive TKNIKA´s transfer process.
The following lines and objectives are worked on mainly in the second section:
Design, development and programme and training action management for effective use and transfer of results to projects and services.
Active contribution to the internationalisation of FPeuskadi (Euskadi Vocational Training) by designing and developing specific training programmes, participating in speeches and events and assessing application of the model in other countries, as well as participating in European projects.
Function: International manager
Department: International Department
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News and Documents
16 October 2018WorldSkills Conference 2018: Building networks for innovative skills solutions
The WorldSkills Conference, organized by WorldSkills International and WorldSkills Netherlands, brings together leaders in education, government, and industry from across the globe to share best practices, discuss global trends in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), and highlight issues facing skills development. (more
5 June 2018Tknika, a UNEVOC Centre, hosts International Conference on TVET
Tknika, a UNEVOC Centre in the Basque Country, Spain, organized an international conference titled ‘International Encounters on Vocational Training – Anticipating the Future’. Participants from around the world discussed current and emerging challenges of ongoing digital transformation of industry and businesses, and responding to them through increased collaboration and knowledge exchange. (more
15 March 2018Network Consolidation Workshop - UNEVOC Network in Europe
As part of UNESCO-UNEVOC's efforts to strengthen the engagement of European UNEVOC Centres in Europe, a European UNEVOC Network Consolidation Workshop was held at the UN Campus in Bonn. This workshop aimed at strengthening cooperation and policy learning in TVET within Europe, and facilitating their future cross-regional collaborations with UNEVOC Centres in Africa and Asia. (more
13 September 2019Guided Self-Assessment in OMNIA, Finland
Sixth UNESCO-UNEVOC I-hubs Guided Self-Assessment was hosted by OMNIA, The Joint Authority of Education in Espoo Region, from 9 to 13 September, with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Women's Center from Philippines, who served as a peer reviewing institution. (more
20 June 2019Recognition in Germany
The German Federal Government launched the “Recognition in Germany” portal to improve labour market access for people from migrant backgrounds.
14 June 2019First hubs guided self-assessment workshop held in Malta
UNESCO-UNEVOC kicked off its first workshop aimed at pilot testing the Skills for Innovation Hubs ( i-hubs) framework. This framework was developed to assess the current state of innovation in TVET institutions and draw ideas for future development. The first ever Guided Self-Assessment (GSA) workshop in Europe was successfully completed in cooperation with the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) in Paola, Malta from 10-14 June 2019. MCAST is a UNEVOC Centre and is one of the TVET institutions that agreed to test and co-develop the innovation framework.
The assessment took place over the course of five days and made use of several tools to register and assess evidence of innovation against the College’s performance in the areas of leadership and organizational practices, teaching and learning processes, skills and innovation ecosystem engagement and products and services. Throughout the workshop, the team drew a map of the innovative practice that MCAST would further develop for the project, and identified opportunities for innovation and improvement.
MCAST Principal, Mr. James Calleja, was supported by senior management, staff and students, during the interactive GSA workshop. At the outset, he confirmed that the newly-launched Strategic Plan (2019-2021) of MCAST “fits like a glove with the areas of innovation that the i-hubs project proposes to assess”,. Mr. Calleja noted that with a low unemployment rate of 3.8%, Malta is facing the challenge of retaining students in education and training. To stem the problem of young people leaving the system for jobs, MCAST’s innovation agenda creates opportunities to provide quality training for its students, to reach out to all sectors of the community, and prepare students for the future of work.
About 30 stakeholders from MCAST, and the private sector, took part in the assessment workshop. The project team, led by Mr. Louis Aquilina, UNEVOC Centre Coordinator and co-facilitator for the workshop, mobilized their participation and sharing of innovative practices.
The workshop also benefitted from support by TKNIKA, a UNEVOC Centre, represented by Ms. Inge Gorostiaga who served as Peer Reviewer. At the end of the activity, the MCAST Principal confirmed that the “i-hub project tool is good to use as a starting point as it confirms if an institution is on the right track.”
The Project’s maiden activity took off with a vision to promote Innovation in TVET. In the project’s context, innovation is a substantial change in the way TVET is delivered and practiced and is evident in the processes, outcomes and practices in the institution. During the workshop, UNESCO-UNEVOC also shared the results of its trends mapping exercise on Innovation in TVET to inform the process and provide guidance through concrete practices and examples.
16 May 2019Better understanding School entrepreneurship approach
On May 16th, Cometa (UNEVOC Centre in Italy) hosted a seminar with Thulani Xhali, CEO at Stenden Hotel, a company that offers a great example of School-Enterprise approach. The seminar was an opportunity to discuss the main pillars of the pedagogical and organizational model, the pros and cons and the main challenges to tackle. (more
3 April 2019European conference on Qualifications, Standards and Apprenticeship
The conference links BIBB research activities with current European priorities in the field of apprenticeships. It will gather around 60 experts from different European member states, European and national organisations or social partners’ organisations for an open dialogue on selected issues like quality in apprenticeship, ESCO or the development of apprenticeship in different contexts. So far altogether 15 countries will be represented. Click more for Registration Form. (more
1 November 2018UNEVOC Centre publishes an outlook of TVET in Turkey
The outlook elaborates the historical development of vocational and technical education in Turkey and the current Turkish Vocational and Technical Secondary Education System according to programs and occupational fields. (more
24 July 2018BIBB facilitates study visits for UNEVOC guests
At the occasion of the “UNESCO-UNEVOC Learning Forum: managing skills in time of disruption” (23-25 May) and the UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme (25 June -6 July), the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) organised study visits for the foreign delegations. (more
15 July 2018The UNEVOC Network celebrates World Youth Skills Day
On the occasion of World Youth Skills Day (15 July), more than 30 UNEVOC Centres celebrated the importance of Skills for Youth, through conferences, workshop, skills exhibition and promotional campaigns. Discover our interactive map to learn more about those initiatives. (more
1 February 2018Malta promotes Entrepreneurship for employment
Last Friday 26th January, the UNEVOC Centre in Malta, based at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) together with the MCAST Entrepreneurship Centre organised a conference with the theme: Entrepreneurship and Employability – A VET Symbiosis (more
31 January 2018International researchers meet in Germany to discuss Work-based learning
On 22 June 2017, in Bonn (Germany), BIBB held a workshop to tie together different perspectives, experiences and approaches while looking at research initiatives from different regions in the world. The resulting exchange of ideas and useful research approaches was meant to support endeavors by members of the UNEVOC network to meet their individual TVET objectives. (more
31 January 2018Germany deepens regional exchange in Asia-Pacific
From 19 to 20 October 2017 in Nanjing (China), the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) together with its German and international partners, organised several panel discussions, presentations and interactive formats to discuss the role of VET for a sustainable social and economic development. (more
24 July 2017Ireland: Access 2 Apprenticeship Pilot Programme
Dublin Institute of Technology, a UNEVOC Centre in Ireland, launched a pilot programme to address the current obstacles faced by young people from areas of socio-economic disadvantage in securing an apprenticeship. (more
18 May 2016UNEVOC Centre to host vocational pedagogy symposium
Kyambogo University, in partnership with Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, will organize the second vocational pedagogy symposium, with as theme strengthening collaboration with the world of work in vocational education and training (more
28 September 2015UNESCO-UNEVOC participates in UKFIET
From 15 to 17 September 2015, 550 participants met in London, the United Kingdom, for the UKFIET International Conference on Education and Development. (more
14 May 2015Creating Opportunities - II-nd International Conference on Inclusive Education
The Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia will present the report on the accomplishments and activities undertaken in recent years for the introduction and ensuring of quality vocational education for persons with special educational needs. At the same time, the strategies supporting the employment of persons with disabilities/special educational needs will be defined at the conference. (more
6 March 2015Mobile technology in skills development for women
UNESCO-UNEVOC co-organized a session on "Using mobile technology in skills development for women: A glimpse into promising practices to improve skills for employability" at Mobile Learning Week 2015. UNEVOC Centres from Finland and the Philippines presented case studies. (more
7 January 2015Supporting Social Partnership in VET in Georgia
This paper is prepared within the ETF project “Supporting Social Partnership in VET in Georgia”. Its objective is to provide guidance to the tripartite social partnership in Georgia, i.e. the government and the employers’ and workers’ organisations, on ways and measures to substantially improve social dialogue in VET in Georgia at wider national level, as well as at sector and local levels. (more
7 January 20152013-2020 VET Development Strategy of Georgia
This strategy document represents the Government's vision for the future development of vocational education in Georgia. Drafting of the strategy was informed by a broad consultation process, drawing upon the opinions and expertise of all relevant players in the area. (more
22 December 2014UNESCO-UNEVOC at Online EDUCA in Berlin
“Less Talk, More Action! Meeting Tomorrow’s Needs Today” was the focus of UNESCO-UNEVOC's participation in this year's ONLINE EDUCA in Berlin. It highlighted the need for creating favourable contexts to enable corporate learning that supports innovation at the workplace. (more
16 December 2014GreenTech experts meet in Berlin
What is the impact of green technologies? Experts discussed the influence of green technology on the economy, politics, employment and education at "GreenTech made in Germany" in Berlin on 27 November 2014. (more
16 December 2014Green Cities – Green Industries – Green Jobs
More and more people live in urban areas. Cities have to find solutions to challenges such as rising traffic and increasing waste. UNEVOC Network member GIZ and the city of Magdeburg invited partners from around the world to discuss challenges and opportunities of green cities and industries, and what this means for the creation of green jobs. (more
12 December 2014New country reports in World TVET Database
New country reports have been published for Benin, Cambodia, Chad, Iraq, Latvia, Lithuania, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Qatar, South Africa, Uganda and USA. UNESCO-UNEVOC continues to expand the World TVET Database and more country reports will be available soon. (more
16 September 2014Just published: Attractiveness of vocational education and training
This bibliography, jointly published by UNESCO-UNEVOC and the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), features the range of currently available literature on the topics of international mobility, transfer and transitions in TVET, and their role in increasing its attractiveness.
13 March 2014Sharing of experiences between UNESCO-UNEVOC and BIBB
Over a brown bag seminar on 13 March 2014 at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BiBB) in Bonn, Ms Dagmar Winzier and Ms Uta Roth presented their work at UNESCO-UNEVOC to BiBB staff members. (more
17 February 2014UNESCO Mobile Learning Week
Mobile Learning Week (MLW) is the flagship UNESCO conference on mobile technologies and education. Held annually, this event assembles a diverse group of stakeholders to share how affordable and widespread mobile technologies can advance Education for All goals. (more
4 December 2013International Conference on Work-based Learning in Europe
The international BIBB Conference in Bonn will address various work-based learning models. The conference will focus on discussing the associated consequences for the role and responsibility of the stakeholders involved in work-based learning (the state, companies, trade unions, learners) and to identify joint elements of various models of "work-based learning"
14 October 2013Vocational Education Action Day for Sustainable Development 2013
The Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs of Saxony-Anhalt and the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg (as a part of the UNEVOC Centre "TVET for Sustainable Development") hold the Vocational Education Action Day for Sustainable Development together this year again. The topic of this year's Action Day is Mobility. (more
18 September 2013Omnia Finland joins the UNEVOC Network
In September 2013, Omnia, the Joint Authority of Education in the Espoo Region in Finland joined the UNEVOC Network. With nearly 10 000 students and 700 staff, Omnia is one of Finland´s largest vocational institutes. (more
19 December 2012Expert workshop on the World TVET Database
Representatives of the UNEVOC team, UNEVOC centres in the Netherlands, Germany and Norway and partner agencies joined together to discuss, evaluate and provide feedback on the future development of the World TVET Database. (more
10 December 2012International Workshop on “Climate Change and Green Jobs”
The workshop concerning “Green Jobs and Climate Change” will take account of developments in the field of Green Economy and Green Jobs by bringing together experts, entrepreneurs and TVET practitioners in order to foster the exchange of know-how, technology and good-practice in this field. (more
17 September 2012International Late Summer University 2012 Magdeburg
The conference is discussing different research projects in the fields of Competence Development of Pre‐Vocational and Vocational Teachers and Trainer, Competence Models and Measurement in Vocational Education and Training. (more
1 November 2011New publication: Initiatives to foster Chinese TVET and TVET Teacher Training
China has been experiencing rapid economic development and the nature of work has also been changing. Its VET system needs to prepare students for new labour markets. This has changed the role of vocational teachers. This report examines the needs of the VET system in China and the implications for VET teachers, students and the governance of the system. (more
8 December 2010
UNEVOC hosted meeting on “ICTs to strengthen TVET in Georgia” (more
5 October 2010
UNESCO-UNEVOC participated in the IFAT Entsorga Trade Fair in Munich (more
11 August 2010
International Meeting "TVET Teachers and Trainers - Concepts in Academic Education and Research", UNEVOC Centre Magdeburg (more
10 August 2010
Official Opening: UNEVOC Centre in Magdeburg, Germany, on 16-09-2010 (more
27 May 2010
Representatives of Norwegian UNEVOC Centre visit UNESCO-UNEVOC (more
19 February 2010
Steering Group of Swedish UNEVOC Centre visits UNESCO-UNEVOC (more
4 June 2009
VET and the Labour Market - A Comparative Analysis of China and Germany (more
17 February 2009
New UNEVOC Centre in Germany (more
14 November 2008
1st meeting of the Intl. Working Group on Entrepreneurship Education (more
23 September 2008
UNEVOC International Experts Consultation at the Institute of Technology in Dublin, Ireland. (more
16 July 2008
Working visit of Aidan Kenny, Dublin Institute of Technology (more
26 June 2008
A new UNEVOC Centre: Dublin Institute of Technology (more
9 March 2008
UNESCO-UNEVOC supports international project week of TVET institutions (more
26 November 2007
UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, Nicholas Burnett, visits UNEVOC (more
21 September 2007
German Foreign Minister Steinmeier visits Bonn (more
31 July 2007
UNESCO-UNEVOC and Magdeburg University sign Letter of Intent (more