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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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Upcoming Events

October 2021
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
8 September to 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)

October 2021
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)

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)

November 2021
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)

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).
online (more)

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)

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)

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

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”.

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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)

12 to 14 May 2021
5th International Conference on TVET in the Caribbean TVET: Creating Opportunities in a Global Pandemic. Co-organized by School of Education, The University of the West Indies along with significant regional and international partners such as UNESCO, HEART NSTA, Colleges and Institutes, Canada (CICan), ILO and the CDB.
Jamaica (more)

April 2021
27 April 2021
Online conference on Bridging Asia-Pacific and Europe: New Qualifications and Competencies in TVET Save the date! Join us on 27 and 28 April 2021 at our virtual venue to explore successful practices around the identification of new qualifications and competencies, their integration into curricula and training regulations, and their implementation in teaching and training.
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19 to 23 April 2021
Recover, Rethink, Rebuild: All Eyes on VET AVETRA's Annual Conference 2021 will be fully online and delivered over five days. Each day will feature a theme and related keynote with a panel to help unpack the implications of the keynote speech for the Australasian context.
Australia (online) (more)

22 April 2021
UNESCO-UNEVOC Webinar: Social Aspects of Digital Learning in TVET This webinar focuses on how to design engaging learning paths, acknowledging and supporting students with special needs, harnessing the power of peer support, and decreasing the level of stress and anxiety among teachers and students.
online (more)

12 April 2021
HCT Future Readiness Webinar Panel Series- Edition 5 Virtual Conference- HCT Future Readiness Webinar Panel Series Edition 5:
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United Arab Emirates (more)

March 2021
25 to 26 March 2021
Online National Conference on 'Transforming Vocational Education and Training for Excellence: Perspectives and Challenges' The main objectives of this year's National Conference are to provide insights for TVET stakeholders on future trends in workforce development, share experiences and innovative practices on excellence, and elucidate different strategies and approaches towards successful diffusion of excellence within TVET systems.
Madhya Pradesh, India (more)

18 March 2021
UNESCO-UNEVOC COVID-19 response webinar This webinar is being organized as part of the 'Strengthening the Responsiveness, Agility and Resilience of TVET Institutions for the Post-COVID-19 Era' project.
online (more)

December 2020
14 December 2020
7th World Congress on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (WoCTVET 2020) The world conference aims to serve as a platform for discussion, dissemination and sharing of contemporary research and scientific knowledge and information in the field of teacher education for TVET. All accepted papers will be published via three channels: Scopus Journal, Non-Scopus Journal, and e-Proceeding.
Universiti Tun Hussein Onn, Malaysia (more)

8 December 2020
Cyber Security – It’s Everyone’s Business The World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) will be hosting a webinar on Cyber Security to launch their new Cyber Security Affinity Group.
Australia (more)

November 2020
9 to 13 November 2020
European Vocational Skills Week 2020 (online) European Vocational Skills Week is an annual event to showcase the very best of TVET. It is an opportunity to exchange information and good practices across Europe and beyond. The 2020 edition is a 100% online event organized by the European Commission in cooperation with the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union. You can raise the profile of your upcoming TVET event by registering it as part of EVSW.
Brussels, Belgium (more)

12 November 2020
New Zealand Vocational Education and Training Research Forum (NZVETRF) - online event The new partnership with Skills International extends the reach of the forum to an international network, to learn from and contribute to global developments in TVET to support the COVID-19 recovery efforts.
Wellington, New Zealand (more)

4 to 6 November 2020
Future Talk 2020 Future Talk is a three-day hybrid dialogue platform in cooperation with three UN Agencies (UNESCO-UNEVOC, UNESCO-UIL and UNIDO), and under the patronage of the Swiss Government. The focus will be on the importance of STEAM for education, the relevance of greening education, and the boost of digital education needed for transformation and innovation.
Bern, Switzerland (more)

October 2020
15 October to 5 November 2020
TVET Intersectoral Forum: Best Practices and Policies from the Pacific Alliance and Canada ONLINE EVENT. The Education for Employment Program in the Pacific Alliance (EFE-PA) will bring together representatives from the public sector, private sector and civil society, from Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru for its 3rd thematic forum related to TVET. The TVET Intersectoral Forum: Best Practices and Policies from the Pacific Alliance and Canada will be held virtually every Thursday from October 15th to November 5th.
Ottawa, Canada (more)

23 October 2020
vCASIE Webinar: Relevant Educational Content and Open Educational Resource (OER) for Skills Development. This webinar focuses on the availability of relevant digital content and quality OER, especially to rural/remote teachers and students. It will look at promising policies and practices in different countries, including within the sub-region, on ensuring mechanisms that should be in place to effectively use and adapt various OER or digital content to suit the teaching and learning needs. Please find attached the tile with the Webinar 3 speakers.
Almaty, Kazakhstan (more)

15 to 16 October 2020
VSARSIE: Virtual South Asia Regional Symposium on ICT for Education 2020 Subtitle: "Rebuilding Towards ICT-Enabled Resilient Education in the COVID-19 Era".
Taking stock of experiences in South Asian countries and their education responses to COVID-19. Rethinking the potential of ICT for building resilient education systems of the future and addressing its existing inequalities. This event is open to the public and will be held in English
New Delhi (more)

12 to 15 October 2020
UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2020 - Online edition Mobile Learning Week is devoted to the theme of Beyond Disruption: Technology Enabled Learning Futures. MLW 2020 is set against the backdrop of COVID-19 education disruption and response, and will shine a light on prospects for technology-enabled futures of learning.
UNESCO (more)

15 October 2020
The Future of TVET: A Conversation with UNESCO-UNEVOC (webinar) This webinar series will examine the state of TVET and emerging challenges, the best strategies for supporting TVET staff in adapting to a digitalized world, and innovating TVET teaching and learning with AI and the innovation ecosystem.
Malaysia (more)

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