Nov 23, 2016

UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme

Mark Butler, Director of the International Education Department at Bow Valley College attended the first TVET Leadership Programme organized by the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training at the United Nations Campus in Bonn, Germany. The first TVET Leadership Programme training was attended by 22 TVET Institutional leaders from 20 countries!

The UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme aims to empower technical and vocational education and training (TVET) experts to contribute to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Programme is designed to update participants’ understanding on the latest developments in TVET strategy and equip them with skills and tools that are required for effective leadership in the TVET sector.

UNESCO supports Member States in transforming their TVET systems and the UNESCO Strategy for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (2016-2021) guides the Organizations’ work in this regard. In particular, UNESCO-UNEVOC acts as a key component of UNESCO’s international programme on TVET and plays an important role in supporting TVET in Member States through capacity development, stimulating international and regional cooperation, promoting UNESCO normative instruments and standards, raising awareness of promising practices in TVET, sharing knowledge, and mobilizing expertise and resources.

Mr Butler attended a ten-day TVET Leadership Programme, organized in eight modules and focused on three qualities that determine a leader’s ability to drive change efficiently and successfully:

  1. Strategic knowledge (vision for change);
  2. Thematic knowledge (knowledge for change);
  3. Leadership and management skills (skills to drive change).

The programme brought together experts and participants in a highly engaging environment where thematic introductions were followed by practical exercises, intense group work and discussions. Participants were required to engage in the discussions and actively apply the theory in hands-on exercises so that they draw the greatest possible benefit from their participation. Participants were required to develop an Institution-focused proposal and a Regional proposal around the guiding principles contained within UNESCO’s TVET Strategy.

After completing the UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme, Mr Butler returned to Bow Valley College with a sharpened vision, up-to-date knowledge and new skills, and he will be acting as the change agent needed to successfully drive TVET developments forward and contribute to the attainment of our institutions’ and national TVET goals, and the SDGs.

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