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BILT – Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET

Having national competencies in view, the BILT project supports collaboration activities across and beyond the European UNEVOC network. Its goal is to enhance national as well as multinational TVET capacities, generate new knowledge and share information in TVET. It will also act as a springboard for trans-regional action, involving innovative UNEVOC Centres in the Asia-Pacific and African regions.

To remain relevant for the world of work and attractive to learners, modern TVET systems need to adapt to new technologies and structural changes in the labour market. A main challenge of TVET is to create modern professions and career paths, which attract and integrate youth. With ever-faster innovation cycles, the demand for peer learning is increasing, both in Europe and internationally.

Despite the fact that Europe already offers a wealth of expertise in addressing TVET challenges, there is little space to exchange on the experience of implementing new ideas and concepts so far. The ambition of the BILT project is to enable exchange of experiences and peer learning across the UNEVOC Network in five thematic areas:

The BILT project will also act as a springboard for trans-regional action, involving innovative UNEVOC Centres in the Asia-Pacific and African regions. BIBB and UNESCO-UNEVOC are responsible for the coordination of the project in collaboration with the UNEVOC Network. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) sponsors BILT.  

Timeline

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Following the BILT Kick-Off Conference, held at UNESCO-UNEVOC in Bonn on 10 and 11 July 2019, experts from UNEVOC Centres across Europe share innovative practices in the framework of five thematic workshops:

  • Industry 4.0/Digitalization, OsloMet, Norway, 2-3 October 2019
  • Greening TVET, MCAST, Malta, 23-24 October 2019
  • Entrepreneurship in TVET, Tknika, Spain, 30-31 October 2019
  • New Qualifications and Competencies in TVET, SFIVET, Switzerland, 12-13 November 2019
  • Migration and TVET, University of Nottingham, UK, 10-11 December 2019

At the occasion of UNESCO-UNEVOC’s Global Forum on 2-3 December 2019, UNEVOC Centres will share the results of these workshops and thereby launch BILT on a global scale. The second phase of BILT, starting in 2020, will involve UNEVOC Centres in the Asia-Pacific and African regions for trans-regional action and bridging.

Background

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European UNEVOC Network Consolidation Workshop (13-14 March 2018, Bonn)

The BILT project has evolved over a longer period of time and was substantively co-designed with the input of UNEVOC Centres. Some European UNEVOC Centres first came together in September 2017 for a scoping workshop, which aimed to identify the demands and potential interests of the European cluster. Following this workshop, a survey was conducted to have an overview of the engagement interest in different thematic areas within the UNEVOC Network. A second consolidation workshop organized in March 2018 identified the work streams and themes in greater detail, and provided a better idea of UNEVOC Centres which may want to lead and contribute to each individual work stream. This background work led to the definition of the Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET (BILT) initiative.