The UNEVOC network was launched in 1993. It provides an environment for exchange, cooperation and mutual assistance between experts, ministers and institutions from all over the world that are active in the area of TVET.
The UNEVOC network pursues three strategic objectives:
- Improving TVET in UNESCO Member States by encouraging and fostering international cooperation and partnerships between TVET practitioners, civil society, local communities, researchers and policymakers;
- Building the capacities of UNEVOC Centres and associated TVET practitioners through the provision of various forms of assistance;
- Sharing information about promising practices and innovations in TVET by encouraging research and data from the field.
TVET institutions admitted to the UNEVOC Network are called UNEVOC Centres. To be recognised as such, the institution must be recognised as a centre of excellence in TVET implementation and/or research and policy development, among other things.
UNEVOC Centres must commit to action by providing, receiving and sharing knowledge. As an active member since June 2019, SFIVET shares its expertise and experience in the field and benefits from lessons learnt from other partners, countries and regions. In particular, SFIVET organised a thematic workshop in November 2019 devoted to new skills and competences.
Thematic workshops allow participants to take stock of key challenges and issues to be addressed; to develop strategic proposals and concepts; to consolidate the network of UNEVOC Centres as a basis for cooperation; and to agree on a concrete work plan with a corresponding timetable.
Over the next two years, SFIVET has undertaken to actively contribute to the implementation of the 'Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET (BILT)' project, which includes consolidation of the European network and liaison work with centres in Africa and Asia. The BILT project also entails the development and implementation of training programmes and support in the area of pedagogical training for teachers and trainers.