Foundation Innove promotes the sectors of general and vocational education, provides career and education counselling services through the nationwide Rajaleidja (Pathfinder) lifelong guidance network, and mediates the European Union assistance. Innove is governed by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research.
Foundation Innove was established in 2003 by the Government of Estonia as a non-profit foundation. The Foundation is a legal person in private law that operates pursuant to the laws and other legislation of the Republic of Estonia and its statutes. The founder is the Republic of Estonia, whose rights as the founder are exercised by the Ministry of Education and Research.
To achieve its objective, the Foundation shall:
• Organize the development and implementation of qualifications and curricula in the area of general and vocational education
• Coordinate the development and implementation of career services
• Create integration opportunities for non-Estonian-speaking population and support relevant integration processes
• Prepare, coordinate and implement projects in the area of lifelong learning and languages
• Fulfil tasks of an implementing agency of EU structural assistance
• Organize training, national assessment, data collection, analysis and dissemination of education related information
• Create learning opportunities in accordance with the issued training permits and founded private schools as institutions of the Foundation for this purpose, organize their activities as well as hobby education. The work organization of a private school as an institution of the Foundation shall be specified in the statutes of the private school
• Organize other activities necessary for achieving the objectives of the Foundation
Innove consists of the following organizational units:
• Education Agency. The aim of the agency is to create conditions and opportunities for content-related development of general and vocational education in the society. To achieve the aim the agency uses resources of the Curriculum and Methodology Centre, Research and Development Centre, In-service Training Centre for Teachers and Principals, Tests Centre and PRÕM Project Unit.
• Structural Funds Agency. The aim of the agency is to organise application processes for assistance from the structural funds, to mediate structural funds assistance and to monitor assistance recipients, as well as to monitor projects and programmes that recipients implement. To achieve the aim the agency uses resources of the Life-long Learning Centre, Working Life Centre and Monitoring Centre.
• Agency for Lifelong Guidance. The aim of the agency is to create conditions and opportunities for content-related development and functioning of education support services (first and foremost, career services and educational counselling) in the society. The structure of the agency includes
Development Centre. Its responsibilities include development of the system of career services and educational counselling. It also coordinates the provision of career and educational counselling services in county-based centres and pilot schools.
Regional Guidance Centres (15), whose responsibilities include:
a) provision of Level II services in the area of career and educational counselling;
b) provision of Level I services in the area of educational counselling in accordance with legal acts;
c) organization of work of the country counselling committee;
d) participation in work of the state counselling committee;
e) initiation of county-based projects which promote services or participation in corresponding projects;
f) coordination of services-related cooperation between institutions and organizations in the county.
• Administrative Centre. The main task of the centre is to provide the Foundation with services in the areas of office administration, information technology, personnel, public relations, legislation counselling, and procurement organisation as well as creation and maintenance of the working environment of the Foundation.
• Financial Centre. The main task of the centre is to draw the Foundation’s budget, to monitor the fulfilment of the budget and to organise accountancy of the Foundation.
• International Cooperation Centre. The main aim of the centre is to promote and market the Foundation Innove as well as innovations and best practices of the Estonian education at the international level.
• Tallinn European School. Tallinn European School was founded by the Foundation Innove and opened in August of 2013.
The main objective of the Innove is to coordinate lifelong learning development activities and to implement relevant projects and the EU structural aid in a targeted and efficient manner.
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
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16 December 2014GreenTech experts meet in Berlin
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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