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:


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.

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, draft 9 May) which includes the detailed programme to learn more.

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Tentative Programme

Below is a short programme overview. The Learning Forum Concept Note (pdf, draft 9 May) contains a detailed programme with information on all sessions and speakers.

23 May 2018 (Wednesday)

10:00 - 16:00 Study Visit (prior registration required)
- Chamber of Crafts Koblenz
- Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)

16:30-18:30 Network Meeting
Participants from the UNEVOC Network are invited to attend a networking session

24 May 2018 (Thursday)

07:30 - 08:45 Registration | Arrival of guests for the Opening Programme
(Participants are requested to be seated in AAH Upper Conference Room before 09:00 a.m.)

09:00 - 10:30 Opening Programme with
Opening Address by Mrs. Elke Büdenbender, Office of the Federal President of Germany

11:15 - 12:30 Plenary 1
A world in flux - what we know about the impact of disruptions

13:30-15:00 Plenary 2:
Managing the effect of disruptions through improved governance of TVET systems

15.30-17:30 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: Development and assessment of skills for displaced youth and adults
- Session 3: Emerging models for TVET to meet the demands of green jobs and enhance local actions

18:30 Dinner Cocktail
Cocktail reception hosted by the Federal City of Bonn
Old Town Hall / Altes Rathaus

25 May 2018 (Friday)

09:00 Plenary 3:
Enhancing pathways for learning

10.45-12:30 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: Learning Pathways: Articulating TVET-HE pathways
- Session 6: Modelling innovative entrepreneurial learning in TVET

14:00 Panel discussion 1
Innovation in teaching, learning and technology adaptation: understanding the new demands

15:00 Panel discussion 2
Managing careers for disrupted workplaces

16:15 Closing Plenary
Way forward & recommendations for managing TVET institution responses

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A public livestream will be available for all plenary sessions on 24 and 25 May

Plenary sessions and panel discussions will be broadcast live to the internet on both days in English and French on this page.

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View the presentations delivered at the Learning Forum.

The presentation files will be made available during the event on a shared drive.

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Background Documents


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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