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Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training

UNEVOC Centre (National Body) since 2017

The Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET) was established in 2010 by the directive of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Executive Council.

ACTVET is committed to establishing policies and standards that effectively regulate technical and vocational educational institutions in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. ACTVET is also responsible for the licensing of trainers that meet the demands of the UAE’s local market.

The Centre is accredited as an awarding‐body by the Vocational Education and Training Awards Council (VETAC), to quality assure the development and issuing of national and nationally recognized vocational qualifications and awards. ACTVET oversees a number of entities that provide accredited educational and vocational training programs. The entities consist of the Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institut(ADVETI) and the Institute of Applied Technology (IAT). In line with the best international standards, this institutes prepare students for the local labour market.


ACTVET aims to boost training and educational opportunities for young nationals within the qualification framework of the Emirate with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of skilled Emirati youth in rewarding careers and foster life‐longnlearning and personal development.


ACTVET’s key strategic objectives are:

‐ To promote life‐long learning

‐ To ensure the employability and career success of TVET graduates.

Regular tasks

‐ Devise strategies and policies related to technical and vocational education and training.

‐ Provide consultation, educational and training courses to public and private institutions in the Emirate.

‐ License vocational and technical institutions in line with applicable laws, regulation and accreditation.

‐ Develop strategies and mutually beneficial partnerships with public and private education companies and bodies, as well as with training institutes.

‐ Guide and assist Abu Dhabi Government and private institutions on technical and vocational education and training.

‐ Undertake original educational research in coordination with other Government bodies.

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 lead
Migration     Not interested
OER and Online Learning
Interested to lead
Equity of access in TVET
Interested to lead
Gender equality in TVET
Interested to lead
Fostering entrepreneurship
Interested to lead
Industry 4.0 / Smart production
Interested to lead

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
Highly 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
Highly interested
With Asia and the Pacific
Highly interested
With Europe, CIS and North America
Highly interested
With Latin America and the Caribbean
  Moderately interested


Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET)
Al Morour Street
00000 Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates


local time now: ~13:03 ±1 hour daylight saving time

Head of UNEVOC Centre
Mr. Mubarak Al Shamsi

UNEVOC Coordinator
Ms. Naeema Al Menhali
Director of Strategic Planning and Performance Management

Tel. *****
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19 May 2020
ACTVET publishes standards for virtual teaching
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ACTVET worked with teachers in order to define standards to maintain the quality of teaching in an increasingly virtual learning environment.
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