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Organized with the support of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), UNESCO-UNEVOC’s TVET Learning Forum on ‘Managing skills in a time of disruption’ examines the challenges and opportunities facing TVET institutions and systems, particularly in light of ongoing digital, climatic, and demographic disruptions. At a recent international conference in Tangshan in 2017, UNESCO put a spotlight on the factors shaping the future technical and vocational education and training (TVET) landscape. Rapid technological developments, changes in climate, and demographic changes including migration are affecting the way we work, live and learn. At the global level, the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda is affecting the way development is pursued.


The Forum seeks to:

  • Discuss the challenges around major disruptions as consequences of digitization, climate change, and displacement of people and demographic change;
  • Examine their implications for institutions engaged in delivering TVET and skills programmes;
  • Showcase system-level and institutional strategies, new knowledge generated, capacitation initiatives and their outcomes as building blocks for mutual learning;
  • Raise awareness about TVET collaboration projects in the UNEVOC Network;
  • Share UNESCO and UNEVOC new initiatives for supporting improved skills response.

Concept note

In a globalized world underlined by linkages between social, economic and environmental factors, the way we work, live and learn is constantly changing. The UNEVOC Learning Forum will discuss the challenges these factors present and examine their implications for education and training institutions. With moving to action and mutual learning in mind, it will also showcase strategies and collaborative projects that try to address these challenges. Read the concept note (pdf) which includes the detailed programme including information on presenters to learn more.

Learning Forum Concept Note, including programme with detailed session descriptions and information on all speakers (pdf)


Below is a short programme overview. The Learning Forum Concept Note (pdf, final version) contains a detailed programme with information on all sessions and speakers.

23 May 2018 (Wednesday)

Study Visit
- Chamber of Crafts Koblenz
- Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)

Network Meeting
Participants from the UNEVOC Network are invited to attend a networking session

24 May 2018 (Thursday)

Opening Programme with
Opening Address by Mrs. Elke Büdenbender, Office of the Federal President of Germany
Special Remarks by
- Svein Osttveit, Director (a.i.), Executive Office and Director (a.i.), Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems, UNESCO,
- Susanne Burger, Deputy Director General for European and International Cooperation, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany, and
- Marion Edel, Senior Policy Officer, BMZ Germany

Plenary 1
A world in flux - what we know about the impact of disruptions

Plenary 2
Managing the effect of disruptions through improved governance of TVET systems

Strategy Labs - Parallel Sessions 1-3
Actions from the UNEVOC Network and international TVET community
- Session 1: Diversifying financing and investment in TVET
- Session 2: Skills, training, and vocational education for migrant and displaced youth and adults
- Session 3: Emerging models for TVET to meet the demands of green jobs and enhance local actions

25 May 2018 (Friday)

Plenary 3
Enhancing pathways for learning

Strategy Labs - Parallel sessions 4-6
Actions from the UNEVOC Network and international TVET community
- Session 4: Preparing TVET teachers for the digital future of work
- Session 5: Pathways of progression between TVET and Higher Education
- Session 6: Modelling innovative entrepreneurial learning in TVET

Panel discussion 1
Innovation in teaching, learning and technology adaptation: understanding the new demands

Panel discussion 2
Managing the skills potential in disrupted workplaces

Closing Plenary
Way forward and recommendations for managing TVET systems and institution response


ICT-Enhanced Innovative Pedagogy in TVET (Research study, UNESCO Bangkok)

Background Documents


The Forum will be conducted in English. Simultaneous interpretation in French and German for special sessions.

General information note

The General information note (Note d'information générale, en francais) contains information for participants on Visa, accomodation, conference location, transportation, etc.


Please use info.tvet@unesco.org to contact the organizers
Note that participation to the event is by invitation only and registration is closed.

About us

The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre specializes in technical and vocational education and training (TVET). It assists UNESCO's member states to strengthen and upgrade their TVET systems with programmes and policies that are relevant, lifelong and accessible to all. Our aim is to promote learning for the world of work. We focus on three priority areas youth employment and entrepreneurship, equity and gender equality, and the transition to green economies and sustainable societies.

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