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CINOP contributes to a brand new UNESCO-UNEVOC BILT Project
19 August 2019
During the Kick-off conference held in Bonn in July 2019, the following workstreams were identified in relation to TVET: Greening, Entrepreneurship, Migration, Digitalization & Industry 4.0.
These workstreams, that exist out of unique cooperation of 16 different European countries, combine a power of knowledge, development and implementation to tackle the big challenges our society is facing
Addressing challenges of the 21st century
The world is changing. Climate change, the gig-economy, migration, and new ways of working require TVET institutions to be proactive and to address the challenges of the 21st century. Innovation is required to drive the change that is needed in institutions and TVET systems in order to shape a sustainable future.
Exchanging TVET knowledge
In Europe, there is already a lot of experience in addressing some of these challenges. However, there is little space to exchange on the experience of implementing new ideas and concepts. In particular, there is a high demand within TVET systems to capitalize on the opportunities from digitalization trends, to contribute to sustainability through green career pathways and competencies, and to foster entrepreneurial skills. There is also a high demand to understand how TVET can help address the challenges presented by migration. That is why UNESCO-UNEVOC is bringing together key players in Europe to share their knowledge on these topics, to develop and implement initiatives that can foster collobaration and innovation to tackle these challenges. This is done through the launch of the Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET project (BILT).
The Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET project
Having national competencies in view, the project will support collaboration activities that are targeted to enhance national as well as multinational TVET capacities, generate new knowledge, and share this information within TVET systems. The project will mobilize and reactivate the European UNEVOC Network cluster as a platform to foster learning and to establish content-oriented synergies in TVET. It will also act as a springboard for trans-regional action, involving innovative UNEVOC Centres in the Asia-Pacific and African regions through bridging opportunities that facilitate shared capacity building.
Sharing innovative practices
Overall, fifty-one participants attended the BILT Kick-off conference on 10-11 July in Bonn, including representatives from UNEVOC Centres in sixteen countries, observers from Austria, France and Germany, and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the German Federal Institute for Vocational Training, the OECD, and the European Commission. Over the course of two days, participants were actively engaged in key thematic work streams of the BILT initiative, sharing innovative practices from the European context and generating interest and ideas for collaboration within BILT. The outputs of the BILT Kick-off Conference will inform and guide our next steps in planning and implementation of the project, first within Europe, and later with Africa and Asia.
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