BILT – Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET

BIBB and the International Center for Vocational Education and Training UNESCO-UNEVOC jointly coordinate the BILT project: Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET. The initiative is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research BMBF.

The BILT project provides TVET stakeholders with a platform for exchange and supports them to address current challenges in TVET systems, which arise due to technological, social, environmental, and workplace changes.


BILT themes

Within BILT, the overarching thematic area is “New qualifications and competencies” for vocational education and training. Identifying new qualifications and competencies, integrating them into national educational programs and training standards, as well as implementing them into TVET practice is challenging for TVET systems all over the world. This cross-cutting issue is underpinned by four thematic strands:



Through regular knowledge exchange, thematic project activities, and expert working groups, BILT offers opportunities for collaboration between UNEVOC Centres and TVET stakeholders in Europe, and a platform for bridging of innovation and learning between European UNEVOC Centers and TVET stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific and Africa regions. The results of ongoing activities are accessible on the BILT project web page and the BIBB website (German)..


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BILT was officially launched with a Kick-Off Conference on 10 and 11 July 2019 at the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in Bonn. Between October and December 2019, workshops on each BILT theme were held at different UNEVOC Centres in Europe to enter the thematic discussions. The ‘Global Forum’ on 03 and 04 December 2019 in Bonn served to present interim results and initiate the ‘Bridging’ process.


Since autumn 2020, an expert group consisting of persons from several different UNEVOC Centres has been working on publications about the identification, integration and implementation of ‘New Qualifications and Comeptencies’. In addition, socalled Bridging-Conferences bring together TVET stakeholders from Europe, Africa and Asia. The 'BILT Learning Forum' in December 2021 will present results of these activities and plan further steps. 




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

BILT was officially launched with a Kick-Off Conference on 10 and 11 July 2019 at the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in Bonn. Prior to that, the BILT project had 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. 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.