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UNESCO and UNEVOC Network participate in WorldSkills Brazil 2015

UNESCO and UNESCO-UNEVOC are pleased to contribute to WorldSkills São Paulo on 11-16 August 2015 and to facilitate the involvement of several UNEVOC Centres in the programme. Running in parallel to the WorldSkills competition, the WorldSkills Conference programme brings together leaders in the field of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) to discuss current global skills issues. The conference programme provides a rich learning experience through discussion and plenary sessions and is also an opportunity for networking with leading international TVET stakeholders.

UNESCO-UNEVOC is contributing to the following sessions of this major event:


Representatives from international agencies and organizations active in the field of skills development will come together to discuss future international cooperation and development. The panel will address three main dimensions: why skills for work and entrepreneurship are important to the post-2015 agenda; what are the key inter-relationships between skills and other key development sectors; which skills development strategies, policies and programmes, and what forms of work-based learning, including apprenticeships, are most effective in addressing the economic, social, environmental, and political priorities of the new sustainable development agenda. Drawing on the experience of members of the Inter-Agency Group on Technical and Vocational Education and Training, this panel discussion will offer insights into best practices around the world and provide an opportunity to exchange ideas.

  • Keynote speaker: Borhene Chakroun, Chief of the Youth, Literacy and Skills Development Section, UNESCO
  • Panellist: Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC
  • Other panellists include senior representatives from the OECD, the European Commission and the German Federal Institute for VET (BIBB), which is a UNEVOC Centre.

The education systems around the world face various problems of imbalances between supplying vocational training and the demand for skills from the production system. There are several reasons for these imbalances, such as the gap between academic curricula and the demands of industry, and the difficulty of vocational training institutions to attract qualified students. The purpose of this session is to encourage the exchange of experiences between the institutions that are applying forecast methods and prospective foresight to anticipate demands for qualifications.

Borhene Chakroun, Chief of the Youth, Literacy and Skills Development Section, UNESCO, will be one of the panellists.


This reception aims to create an open space for networking among participants from the private sector, NGOs, government, and UNEVOC Centres across regions. It will provide an excellent opportunity for UNEVOC Centres to get introduced to TVET professionals from other institutions, countries and sectors, make short pitches to discover similarities, identify common challenges, explore synergies, and build partnerships. The aim of this reception is to enable the creation of contacts and exchange ideas through a semi-structured informal gathering. UNEVOC Centres from all of UNESCO’s five regions will be present: Asia and the Pacific, Africa, the Arab States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and North America.

Interested delegates from UNEVOC Centres will also have the opportunity to take part in a study tour organized by one of our UNEVOC Centres in Brazil, the National Service for Industrial Training (Serviço Nacional de Aprendizagem Industrial) SENAI. SENAI, who joined the UNEVOC Network earlier this year, is also one of the main partners of WorldSkills São Paulo.

Full details on the conference programme are available here.

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