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TVET Events Calendar

This calendar provides an overview of conferences, seminars, workshops, and other TVET events that are relevant on a global or regional level.

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February 2022
2 to 4 February 2022
7th International Congress on Research in Vocational Education and Training The congress is organized by the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET). We invite researchers to submit contributions related to the leading topic of the congress "The future potential of vocational education and training: Strengthening VET for the next generation". We also welcome all other areas and topics of VET research. For further information and the submission of contributions go to https://www.ehb.swiss/vet-congress-2022. The deadline for paper submissions has been set for 15 August 2021.
Zolligkofen/Bern, Switzerland (more)

15 February 2022
UNEP YEA: Connecting Higher Education and the Green Economy Community The event makes use of the newly launched Global Guidance for Education on Green Jobs, a document that provides insights and empowerment for effective actions, a collection of key resources, and an opportunity to join an international community of practice. Feb 15, 2022 02:00 PM in Paris

March 2022
29 to 31 March 2022
WorldSkills Africa Swakopmund 2022 TVET Conference WorldSkills Africa Swakopmund 2022 (WSAS2022) is a three-tier event hosted by WorldSkills Namibia in partnership with WorldSkills International and the African Union. It includes a Skills Competition, a Careers Exhibition, and a TVET Conference. The theme is “Promoting Skills Development in the 21st Century for Sustainable Economic Growth and African Ownership”.
Swakopmund, Namibia (more)

May 2022
18 to 22 May 2022
UNESCO World Higher Education Conference 2022 UNESCO World Higher Education Conference (WHEC2022) aims at reshaping ideas and practices in higher education to ensure sustainable development for the planet and humanity.
Barcelona, Spain (hybrid) (more)

July 2022
6 to 8 July 2022
No Frills 31: VET's role in transforming the future The 31st National Vocational Education and Training (VET) Research Conference ‘No Frills’ will be hosted in-person. 'No Frills' provides an opportunity for networking and ideas sharing in a friendly and informal atmosphere with a cross-section of industry representatives, practitioners, researchers and policymakers. We plan to livestream some sessions on 7-8 July 2022 for those who are unable to attend in-person.
Melbourne, Australia (more)

September 2022
14 to 16 September 2022
Tenth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning The Forum takes place every three years and is considered one of the world’s leading international conferences on open, distance and technology-enabled learning. Hosted by Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and Athabasca University (AU), PCF10 will be held as a hybrid event.
Calgary, Canada (more)

October 2022
12 to 17 October 2022
WorldSkills Shanghai 2022 The 46th WorldSkills Competition features more than fifty skills across a wide range of industries. The level of competition at WorldSkills inspires many young people who see it, to consider pursuing these skills themselves, or to set up businesses with skills at their heart. The event also includes a high-profile Conference at which Ministers, policy-makers, and academics debate developments in the sector.
Shanghai, China (more)

Past Events

January 2022
24 to 25 January 2022
International Day of Education On 24 January 2022, we will celebrate the fourth International Day of Education under the theme “Changing Course, Transforming Education”.
online (more)

December 2021
7 to 9 December 2021
Register now for the virtual BILT Learning Forum on 7-9 December 2021. Join us for the publication launch and expert discussions on future-oriented TVET systems, a marketplace on innovative practices, a roadshow on digital media tools in TVET and networking sessions to connect with your peers. (more)

7 to 8 December 2021
UNESCO‘s International Conference to reflect on challenges and new directions for TVET UNESCO is organizing an International Conference under the theme “Transforming Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for successful and just transitions” on 7 and 8 December 2021, from 13:30 to 15:30 (CET).
online (more)

November 2021
26 to 27 November 2021
1st International Congress on Entrepreneurship and Education Our First International Congress on Entrepreneurship and Education - CIEE 2021 seeks to bring together the entrepreneurial ecosystem with the educational ecosystem in order to synergize and build bridges between the two. We want to contribute to promoting an entrepreneurial and innovative attitude in people, from the 2030 Agenda.
online (more)

24 to 25 November 2021
The LEARNTech Asia Conference 2021 seeks to provide future-ready opportunities for companies and individuals to meet the great demand of the new labor market. Over the span of two days, industry experts from across the globe will share their insights on a virtual platform. (more)

15 to 18 November 2021
Skillman International Forum 2021 The Skillman International Forum 2021 is an online event on redefining the future of learning in the advanced manufacturing sector organized in partnership with the European Training Foundation and in alliance with IVETA, AER, ENNI, and EAPRIL. This year the forum addresses three main topics: Digital and green revolution, Micro-credentials and Sharing is caring.
Bologna, Italy (more)

16 November 2021
2021 International Vocational Education and Industry Training Association Symposium The IVEITA Symposium will be a hybrid conference hosted by Shaanxi Polytechnic China and Te Whare Wanaga o Awanuiarangi, New Zealand. It will be designed around 3 interwoven themes: Resilience (embracing diversity); Collaboration (innovating together); and Diversity (new perspectives and approaches).
Bejing, Shanghai (more)

5 to 12 November 2021
TVET in the Asia-Pacific Forum (APAC) The Global COVID pandemic has put skills issues and innovation on the center stage, as governments, industries, and educators alike work to upskill and reskill workforces disrupted by the pandemic and ensure strong working futures. The Forum will be held over two Fridays (5 November and 12 November, 2021) across different local times in Bangkok, Beijing, AEDT, Samoa, New Zealand.
New Zealand (more)

10 to 11 November 2021
Global HR Forum 2021 The Global HR Forum, jointly launched by The Korea Economic Daily, the Ministry of Education, and the Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education & Training in 2006, celebrates its 16th anniversary this year. The theme of the Global HR Forum 2021, scheduled to be held on 10-11 November in Seoul and livestreamed online, is "Digital Transformation, ESG, and Sustainable Future."
Seoul, Republic of Korea and online (more)

10 to 11 November 2021
International Basque VET Congress The conference “VET in the age of humanity, technology and intelligence” gives you the opportunity to reflect, at an international level and with speakers of the highest level, on what Vocational Education and Training can do to enable societies to overcome the challenges of the technological-digital and green transitions. The face-to-face event will be streamed live.
Basque Country, Spain and online (more)

5 November 2021
Jamaica's National Skills Competition 2021 will take place under the theme, “Investing in Skills Development: Shaping the Future with the Power of Skills”, as a hybrid event both online and live from Kingston and St. Elizabeth. (more)

October 2021
27 to 30 October 2021
30th Annual EfVET International Conference The focus of this year's conference is on sustainable and innovative VET – how these indicators shape our future and that of the next generation.
online (more)

25 to 29 October 2021
The Road Ahead: Skills for a Resilient Future The WorldSkills Conference 2021 will review the impact of the pandemic on green skills development, on jobs and poverty, and on apprenticeships, as well as analyse data and trends at the global and regional level, bringing participants up to date with the learning and solutions that have emerged from this crisis.
Shanghai, China and online (more)

28 October 2021
SEAMEO VOCTECH E-Forum Managing Pandemic Challenges and Opportunities of TVET in the Era of Digitalisation
online (more)

19 October 2021
Virtual conference series on “Digitalization and TVET” The GIZ TVET Academy / UNEVOC Centre Magdeburg, ADB, SFUVET and ILO are jointly offering a virtual conference series on “Digitalization and TVET” with a focus on requirements and approaches for competence development of TVET personnel in international and development cooperation.

online (more)

19 October 2021
BILT Learning Lab: Adapting and Integrating the ASEAN In-Company Trainer Standard in Thailand BILT Learning Labs are an opportunity for TVET stakeholders to explore specific 'Innovation and Learning Practices' from Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Europe. This example shows the practical adaptation and integration of new competencies: what was done to adapt national competence requirements to international frameworks.
online (more)

14 October 2021
2021 East and Southeast Asia UNEVOC Network Consolidation Workshop The Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (KRIVET) is coordinating two workshops for UNEVOC Centres in the region to enhance network cooperation and discuss TVET policies, systems, practices and leadership.
online (more)

September 2021
22 September 2021
LKDF Forum 2021 Convened under the theme “Digital Skills for an Inclusive Future”, the LKDF Forum 2021 offers an open platform for experts and opinion leaders to discuss job-skill mismatch under the digital transformation, digital skill training, and its role in social and economic inclusion.
online (more)

7 to 15 September 2021
3rd ILO Skills Challenge Innovation Call: Preventing forced labour in Africa through skills and lifelong learning The ILO, through this new Skills Challenge Innovation Call, is looking for innovative ideas and solutions that can contribute to the prevention of forced labour in Africa through skills and lifelong learning. Deadline for applications is 15 September.
online (more)

8 September 2021
ICSD 2021: Sustainable Development Conference The European Centre of Sustainable Development in collaboration with the Canadian Institute of Technology will organize the 9th International Conference on Sustainable Development with a focus on environmental, economic and socio-cultural sustainability. The conference theme is "Creating a unified foundation for the sustainable development: research, practice and education".
Rome (more)

July 2021
22 to 23 July 2021
International Conference on Vocational and Entrepreneurial Training – ICVET The ICVET concerence will be held online. It aims to showcase and exchange sustainable vocational and entrepreneurial education solutions and improve access to relevant information, education and training in order to promote these skills. The ICVET is organized by Red Internacional de Investigadores en Educación / International Network of Educational Researchers (REDIIE) and Centro Transformar, based in Chile.
Chile (more)

15 July 2021
World Youth Skills Day Every year on 15 July, UNESCO-UNEVOC joins global celebrations to mark World Youth Skills Day (WYSD). This year's theme focuses on Reimagining Youth Skills Post Pandemic. Find out how to join the activities.
online (more)

7 to 9 July 2021
30th National VET Research Conference 'No Frills' - now online 'No Frills' is an annual national conference where researchers, practitioners, providers and industry representatives come together and share knowledge, ideas, insights and solutions around Australia's VET sector. The theme for the 2021 conference is 'Past informing the future'.
Adelaide, Australia (more)

8 July 2021
The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), in partnership with GIZ, AfDB and World Bank, is hosting a virtual High-Level Policy Dialogue Forum on “Rethinking the role of skills development in future work and lifelong learning, in light of digitalization and 4IR”.


6 July 2021
Joint ADB-KRIVET Webinar on Lessons Learned from the Republic of Korea's TVET Policy Through this joint ADB-KRIVET webinar, lessons learned from the Republic of Korea’s TVET policy are shared with ADB member countries.
online (more)

June 2021
21 to 25 June 2021
Building Lifelong Learning Systems: Skills for green and inclusive societies in the digital era The European Training Foundation and UNESCO in collaboration with the EBRD, ILO and UNICEF organise the International Conference Week “BUILDING LIFELONG LEARNING SYSTEMS: Skills For Green and Inclusive Societies in The Digital Era”, which will take place on 21-25 June 2021 in virtual format.
Torino, Italy (more)

15 to 16 June 2021
Online conference on Bridging Africa and Europe: New Qualifications and Competencies in TVET Our series of Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET conferences continues 15 and 16 June 2021 in our virtual venue. Join us for an exchange of innovative ideas and experiences among TVET stakeholders to enhance peer learning!
Bonn, Germany and Cape Coast, Ghana (more)

May 2021
28 to 29 May 2021
The First International Congress of Educational Technology and Innovation 2021- CITIE The First CITIE (Congreso internacional de Tecnología e Innovación Educativa) Congress seeks to improve the way in which learning occurs through educational technology. This event is organized by Red Internacional de Investigadores en Educación / International Network of Educational Researchers (REDIIE) and Centro Transformar, based in Chile. It will take place through a Virtual Campus in Spanish and English.
Chile (more)

20 May 2021
UNESCO-UNEVOC Webinar: Navigating the Maze of Digital Tools and Services This webinar will showcase different types of digital solutions and highlight the level of organizational support and guidance needed to apply these solutions to TVET institutions.
online (more)

17 to 19 May 2021
UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development This Conference will highlight the crucial role of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as a key enabler for the successful achievement of all SDGs, and create momentum for strengthening ESD in policy and practice.
Berlin, Germany (more)

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