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7 September 2021
As the world moves towards a new digital reality, a necessary evolution in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) has been taking place across the past decade. These developments combined with the accelerated urgency of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic have left many TVET systems and institutions struggling to initiate the change processes needed to keep pace with global developments and remain competitive.
The 2021 edition of UNESCO-UNEVOC’s TVET Leadership Programme brings together TVET professionals from around the world and supports them to become effective agents of change in their institutions and beyond.
Unlike previous years, where the programme took place face-to-face at the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in Bonn, Germany, the 2021 edition is being delivered fully online in two batches. The first batch of the programme was launched on 7 September 2021, under the theme ‘Skills for the digital transformation: How TVET institutions can respond to future demands’. Participants included 31 TVET leaders and managers from 25 countries and 16 UNEVOC Centres.
In her opening remarks, Soo-Hyang Choi, Director of UNESCO-UNEVOC, emphasized that “the interaction will be done digitally, but the key elements of peer learning, capacity building and knowledge sharing of the leadership programme remain the same”. Ms Choi urged participants not to feel isolated in the challenges that they face but to move together in action to overcome them.
Peter Thiele, Deputy Director for VET policy, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF,) noted that the programme gathers TVET professionals and leaders “to develop a common TVET agenda and to build an international platform not only to exchange good practice, but also to incentivize regional and sectoral follow-up cooperation”.
Over the course of four weekly webinars, participants have the opportunity to explore the impact of digitalization on labour markets, the new skills requirements for the digital era and adapting their institutions to manage the evolving digital landscape. In addition, the TVET leaders and managers are provided with concrete strategies to build institutional resilience in the digital era.
A second batch of participants will undertake the UNESCO-UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme in November. The upcoming programme will once again showcase how TVET institutions can respond to digital demands via a series of weekly webinars. In the second batch, there are 30 TVET leaders and managers from 24 countries and 12 UNEVOC Centres. The programme will run from 3 to 24 November 2021.