In an era characterized by fast-paced technological change and growing competition, it is evident that the “world of work” keeps changing at a fast rate. It is also evident that as economic, technological and social developments constantly evolve and diversify, so do the skill requirements in the workplace. For economies to become or stay competitive, it is essential that national TVET leaders are aware of such developments, and have the required management and leadership skills to translate their understanding into action. Worldwide, many TVET institutions are struggling to make the necessary changes to stay connected to global developments. A perceived bottleneck in effecting change in TVET institutions relates to the lack of change leaders, and a lack of capacity to develop a vision and implement change. The UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme seeks to address this bottleneck by building the capacity of international TVET experts to become change agents in their institutions and countries. For transformative TVET leaders to be effective, they need to have a clear vision, a sound thematic knowledge base to support and defend their vision, and the leadership and management skills to drive change.

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The UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme addresses these three key elements – “vision for change”, “knowledge for change”, and “skills for change” – in 9 modules over the course of 10 days. The Programme brings together TVET experts and participants in a highly engaging environment, including practical exercises, intense group work, and the sharing of experiences and case studies. International experts lead the modules and special lectures, explaining the latest developments in policy and practice, and present the latest knowledge in their respective fields. A field trip will allow participants to link theory and practice.

With the goal of moving to action, participants are also requested to engage in proposal development at the institution and regional levels.

The interactive modules are complemented by special lectures, which introduce further key aspects that are of relevance in driving change in the TVET sector:

With the goal of moving to action, participants are also requested to engage in proposal development at the institution and regional levels.

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Since 2016, 65 participants from 45 countries participated in the UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme. This year’s participants are marked in red in the map above, alumni are displayed in blue.

The group comprised UNEVOC Cluster Coordinators, UNEVOC Centre Coordinators, and representatives of other TVET institutions from Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Barbados, Belarus, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Iraq, Jamaica, Kenya, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Somalia, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts, Trinidad, Uganda, and Zambia.

Many of them have since collaborated in concrete activities, e.g. by successfully competing for the UNESCO-UNEVOC Network Calls for Proposals ‘Moving to Action through Collaborative Capacity Development’.

The UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme provides a unique platform for networking, seeks to promote and expand the community of pro-active leaders, and to strengthen the collaboration among its participants.

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The UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme targets UNEVOC Network members and other TVET institutions. These include UNEVOC Cluster Coordinators, UNEVOC Centre Coordinators, and representatives of TVET institutions who function as a “change agents” in transforming their institutions.

Candidates should fulfil the following criteria:

Women are encouraged to apply.


At the end of the UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme, the participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.


The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre charges no fee for participation in the 2018 UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme.

Applicants from the UNEVOC Network may apply for financial support during the application process.

Participants from outside of the UNEVOC network may apply on a self-funded basis and need to cover their expenses for travels, meals and accommodation.


The application process for the 2018 UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme is now closed. Would you like to receive an email alert when the application period for the 2019 UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme opens? If so, please fill the online form.

Please note: The application for the UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme is competitive. All applicants will be informed of the outcome of the application process. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are however not able to provide individual feedback to applicants not selected.

If you have any questions, please contact unevoc.leadership@unesco.org

The 2018 UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme is carried out in collaboration with:

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