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National Training Service
Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA)

UNEVOC Centre (National Body) since 2014

SENA was formed by Decree-Law 118 of June 21, 1957. Its function is to provide professional training and formation to workers, youths and adults within th​e areas of industry, trade, agriculture, mining and cattle breeding.

The Agency has a tripartite structure in which workers, employers and Government participate in order to provide companies and corporations with skilled manpower using modern methods, and thereby achieve a shift in each of the productivity processes.


SENA is responsible for fulfilling the function that corresponds to the State, of investing in the social and technical development of the Colombian workers by offering and implementing a comprehensive professional training for the incorporation and development of people in productive activities that contribute to the country’s social, economic and technological development


In 2020, SENA will be a world-class institution in matters of comprehensive professional training, and the use and appropriation of technology and innovation to the service of individuals and businesses.

Regular tasks

  • Contribute to the productivity of the companies
  • Contribute to the effective generation of jobs and alleviation of poverty
  • Contribute to developing an innovative workforce for companies and regions
  • Ensure programmes adhere to international quality and standards
  • Incorporate the latest technologies in enterprises
  • Maintain a close relationship with the (secondary and higher) education sector

Focus and interest

Work area

Which of the following fields is the UNEVOC Centre working on?
Sharing knowledge about TVET
Primary focus
Developing knowledge
Primary focus
Developing and building capacities
Primary focus


Who are the beneficiaries of the UNEVOC Centre's work?
Primary focus
Primary focus
Policy makers
Primary focus
Private sector
Primary focus

Engagement interest

What is the highest level of engagement the Centre is interested in in the following fields?
Greening of TVET institutions and skills
   Interested to learn
  Interested to contribute
OER and Online Learning
  Interested to contribute
Equity of access in TVET
   Interested to learn
Gender equality in TVET
   Interested to learn
Fostering entrepreneurship
Interested to lead
Industry 4.0 / Smart production
   Interested to learn

Activity interest

Which types of activities is the UNEVOC Centre most interested in?
Capacity development projects
Highly interested
Policy oriented projects
Highly interested
Knowledge development
Highly interested
Workshops and conferences
  Moderately interested

Regional collaboration interest

What are the UNEVOC Centre's collaboration interests?
Within my cluster
Highly interested
With Africa
  Moderately interested
With the Arab States
  Moderately interested
With Asia and the Pacific
  Moderately interested
With Europe, CIS and North America
Highly interested
With Latin America and the Caribbean
Highly interested


Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA)
Calle 57 No. 8-69
Central Tower, 8th floor
110231 Bogotá D.C.


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Head of UNEVOC Centre
Carlos Mario Estrada Molina
General Director

UNEVOC Coordinator
Carlos Adolfo Hernandez Mercado
Multilateral Desk
National Coordination of International Relations and Cooperation

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31 August 2018
Shaping Transformative TVET Leaders in Latin America
The UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme for Latin America took place in August 2018 in Panama City. Jointly organized by UNESCO-UNEVOC and the UNESCO San José Office, and hosted by INADEH of Panama, the regional UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme aims to help those in change agent positions become transformative leaders.
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