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Virtual conference on Improving the image of TVET: making TVET more attractive to young people
- When 16 to 24 July 2018
- Where UNESCO-UNEVOC TVeT Forum
- Language English (participation in French and Spanish is welcome)
- Download the Background note
Despite the benefits of TVET on personal, professional and national development, it remains a relatively unattractive option to young people compared to, for example, academic education. Education systems in many developing countries, in particular, have TVET often placed as a second choice or "second rate" education.
World Youth Skills Day is an official UN Day (starting from 2015) and raises awareness about the importance of youth skills development. As part of its celebrations to mark the day, UNESCO-UNEVOC is organizing a virtual conference to discuss measures to improve the image of TVET and make it more attractive to young people.
At the end of this virtual conference, participants will be able to:
- Understand the factors influencing the image of TVET, and the impact this image has on individuals/business/society
- Appreciate some of the factors and challenges impacting the decision of young people when choosing their career/education path
- Identify suitable measures that can help improve the image of TVET in their context
- Establish how to assess the impact of measures to improve the image of TVET
The virtual conference is founded on five topics. These topics will be ‘opened’ for discussion on the following days:
- Monday, 16 July - Topic 1: The image of TVET and its consequences
- Tuesday, 17 July - Topic 2: Factors shaping the standing of TVET
- Wednesday, 18 July - Topic 3: Perspective of young people, their parents and familiars
- Thursday, 19 July - Topic 4: Policies and practices that might enhance the image of TVET
- Monday, 23 July - Topic 5: Evaluating the impact of those policies and practices
Join the virtual conference
You will need to have a UNEVOC account to sign up. You can register for a UNEVOC account here.
The virtual conference will be in English. However, French and Spanish speaking participants can use the built-in translation feature to follow discussions and to contribute in their languages.
- Clement, U. 2014. Improving the image of technical and vocational education and training. GIZ, Germany.
- Attractiveness of initial vocational education and training: identifying what matters, Cedefop.
About the moderator
The virtual conference will be moderated by Dr Stephen Billett. Dr Billett is Professor of Adult and Vocational Education in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, and a National Teaching Fellow and Australian Research Council Future Fellow. After a career in garment manufacturing, Dr Billett has worked as a vocational educator, educational administrator, teacher educator, professional development practitioner and policy developer in the Australian vocational education system and as a teacher and researcher at Griffith University. Since 1992, he has researched learning through and for work and has published widely in fields of learning of occupations, workplace learning, work and conceptual accounts of learning for vocational purposes.
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