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The next TVET Leadership Programme is scheduled for 24 June to 5 July 2019

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"Leadership is about successfully managing change"

The world keeps changing at a rapid rate. This is characterized by ever-faster innovation cycles, disruptive technologies, digitization and challenges posed by demographic and global environmental change. As economic, technological and social developments constantly evolve and diversify, so do the skill requirements in the workplace and society.

Worldwide, TVET systems and institutions are struggling to anticipate to these changing requirements and to initiate the change processes that are needed for countries to stay connected to global developments, for economies to become or stay competitive, and for societies to remain inclusive.

For such change processes to be successful and sustainable, they must be driven from the inside - by national or local leaders who have a thorough understanding of the respective national policies and context. The UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme therefore builds the capacity of such TVET professionals to become effective change agents in their institutions and countries.

The UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme develops three key dimensions, which leaders in TVET need to combine to be effective:

   “vision for change”,
   “knowledge for change”, and
   “skills for change”

The Programme brings together international TVET experts and participants in a highly engaging environment, addressing these three key dimensions of leadership through nine set modules over the course of two weeks.

Each module starts with an overview of global trends and developments in key TVET policy areas. These modules then include practical exercises, group work, and the sharing of experiences and case studies. Field trips allow participants to the modules with practical cases.

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


For further details, please see the report of the last UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme or download the flyer.


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The UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme targets mid- to senior-level TVET professionals from UNEVOC Centres and other TVET institutions, who are current or potential leaders or “change agents” in their institutions.

Candidates should fulfil the following criteria:

Women in mid- to senior-level positions are especially encouraged to apply.
The Programme is delivered in English. Candidates are therefore expected to be fluent in this language. Translation services will not be provided.

The professional backgrounds of previous participants are visualized in the word cloud below.
professional backgrounds of TVET leaders

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The UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme provides a unique platform for networking and is building a growing global network of leaders. Since 2016, 65 leaders from 44 countries have participated in the global UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme.

The UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme has expanded the community of TVET leaders, and has generated opportunities for lasting collaboration among alumni. Many of our alumni have since collaborated in various activities, e.g. by carrying out collaborative capacity development activities and by extending peer support in addressing concrete challenges.

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   Understand the alignment of TVET policy with the global development agenda
   Familiarize yourself with UNESCO’s TVET strategy and supporting action, and opportunities in the UNEVOC Network
   Update your knowledge in key TVET fields
   Acquire tools and skills to effectively implement TVET policies
   Hone your leadership and management skills and become a driver of change
   Expand your professional network and exchange experiences
   Gain international exposure and insights into global and regional issues and challenges

Quotes from UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme participants


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

On a needs basis, applicants from the network of UNEVOC Centres may apply for financial support during the application process.

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


Who should apply?

If you match our target audience criteria listed above we look forward to receiving your application.

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Please note: Given the high level of interest in the programme, 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 previous UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programmes were carried out in collaboration with:

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