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Greening TVET. Qualifications needs and implementation strategies - 12 to 26 November 2013

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Virtual conference on Greening TVET

UNEVOC e-Forum, 12 to 26 November 2013


Across the globe, countries are facing challenges due to growing environmental degradation and climatic changes. This requires a methodical and systematic approach to changing job opportunities and skill demands as new industries and job profiles emerge. TVET institutions need to be responsive to these dynamics in order to produce a workforce that matches the actual market requirements. While significant progress has been made in developing an understanding of the meaning of "greening TVET", more discussion and exchange is needed on the implications for all TVET stakeholders.

Following the virtual conference on Greening TVET held on the UNEVOC e-Forum in November 2012, we are pleased to announce that a follow-up virtual conference on Greening TVET will take place on the UNEVOC e-Forum from 12 to 26 November 2013.

Last year’s virtual conference concluded that "greening" vocational curricula and training methods should have consequences for the training of TVET teachers and trainers. Participants agreed that new education programmes need to be designed or existing ones need to be adapted to focus on learning to learn, on developing emotional, social and spiritual intelligence, and on strengthening competencies to understand and exercise collective learning. At the same time, "green" skills and knowledge have to be implemented and applied in theory and practice. These new green qualifications should meet market requirements and provide young people with employment opportunities.

In this second virtual conference on greening TVET, discussions will focus on clarifying how to support processes of Greening TVET and sustainable development in policy, research and the economy as well as in social and ecological areas.

The 2-week conference will be moderated by Dr Julia Kastrup. Julia Kastrup holds a doctoral degree in vocational and business education and a diploma in nutrition and home economics. She is an expert in education for sustainable development and she has worked in various research projects covering these issues – among those a project on environmental education and staff-qualifications. Most recently she worked as a Research Associate in context of the scientific monitoring of model-projects under the funding priority "Vocational Education and Training for Sustainable Development" at the University of Hamburg (Germany).

Dr Kastrup will be moderating in collaboration with Dagmar Winzier, who works as programme expert at UNESCO-UNEVOC mainly in the field of Greening TVET and education for sustainable development. Prior to joining UNESCO-UNEVOC, she was responsible for the pilot programme "Vocational Education for Sustainable Development" at the Federal Institute of Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), as well as the development and updating of training occupations and continuing vocational training provisions and regulations in close cooperation with the social partners based on findings from research on qualifications trends.

The input from participants will be synthesized and summarized into a final synthesis report, which will provide directions for future research and programme work in this field.

Your active participation in the discussion would be most gratefully received and we would also like to encourage you to circulate this event in your network.

Main questions for discussion

Specifically, the discussion will focus on the following key questions:

  • How can we succeed in implementing Greening TVET and make it obligatory for TVET?
  • Where do you see the most urgent need for action to implement and further develop GTVET?
  • How can the different TVET experts / TVET actors support the implementation process of GTVET according to your opinion? (e.g. teachers, trainers, politicians, students, employees, employers)

Read the background note

Greening TVET. Qualifications needs and implementation strategies by Dr Julia Kastrup (November 2013, pdf, 151 kb)

List of resources

How does it work

Once you have signed up and the conference has started, you will receive an opening email by the moderator, Julia Kastrup. You can then reply to this message and will receive any contributions made by other conference participants. Note that all messages will be checked by UNEVOC before dissemination, so there may sometimes be delays, especially outside UNEVOC office hours (9am-5pm CET).

How to sign up

Please use the registration form to sign up for the conference. You will then be added to a conference mailing list and will receive all contributions via email.

Note that if you do not wish to receive email notifications, you can also participate using the online interface by logging on with your UNEVOC account.

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