UNESCO is the United Nations’ specialized agency for education, science, and culture. UNESCO's education sector works to improve education worldwide at all levels of education through technical advice, standard setting, innovative projects, capacity-building and networking.
The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training acts as part of the United Nations mandate to promote peace, justice, equity, poverty alleviation, and greater social cohesion. The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre is one of eight UNESCO institutes and centres in the field of education. The Centre assists Member States develop policies and practices concerning education for the world of work and skills development for employability and citizenship, to achieve:
access for all
high quality, relevant and effective programmes
learning opportunities throughout life.
What is the UNEVOC Network?
The UNEVOC Network is an exclusive global platform for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) with the aim to further cooperation between institutions worldwide. The UNEVOC Network, coordinated by the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre, is made up of UNEVOC Centres, which are established in TVET institutions and serve as focal points in the provision of services and platforms for international and regional cooperation in TVET.
The UNEVOC Network has three specific objectives:
To encourage and promote the development of TVET systems and policies through the adaptation of national, regional and international experiences, best practices and innovations in TVET.
To develop the capacity of UNEVOC Centres and associated TVET practitioners.
To generate and share information, knowledge, know-how and competencies.
Bow Valley College: A UNEVOC Centre
At the beginning of 2016, Bow Valley College recognized the importance of being part of a global TVET community and began the application process to become a UNEVOC Centre. On August 15, 2016 Bow Valley College was proudly accepted to become a UNEVOC Centre and a member of the UNEVOC Network. In Canada, UNEVOC Network TVET needs are coordinated by Colleges and Institutes Canada, who is the North America Cluster Coordinator, and supported by UNEVOC Centres Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles and now Bow Valley College.
As a member of the UNEVOC Cluster in North America, Bow Valley College’s responsibilities include:
Reporting and sharing relevant experiences regarding TVET, to and with the Network.
Working with other UNEVOC and UNESCO groups and networks on North American activities.
Developing, leading and coordinating a national network to assist national TVET policy development.
Bow Valley College's foundational pillars are very similar to UNESCO-UNEVOC mandate – “to achieve high-quality education standards while being accessible for everyone, providing learning opportunities for people in all stages of life”. Much like UNESCO-UNEVOC, Bow Valley College believes that education should be available at any time, any place, any path, and any pace. With a clear commitment to the strengthening of TVET systems globally, Bow Valley College highlights its commitment to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, primarily SDG 4 and 8 – Quality Education, and, Decent Work & Economic Growth.
For many years Bow Valley College has been helping youth with the skills required to access the world of work. Bow Valley College has been promoting the development of entrepreneurial skills, through strategies such as incorporating courses in entrepreneurship into formal curricula and certification and supporting small businesses in providing workplace training. Bow Valley College's focus area as a UNEVOC Centre will be on "Fostering youth employment and entrepreneurship" which aligns with UNESCO Strategy for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) 2016-2021.
The UNEVOC Network strengthens the effectiveness of knowledge management and development through exchange resources:
UNEVOC Network Portal
World TVET database
Specialized TVET Publications
*The UNEVOC TVeT Forum is an online discussion board where TVET experts from around the world can share information and knowledge about different aspects of TVET. In order to participate in the TVeT Forum you need a UNEVOC account.
For further information regarding the UNEVOC Network or to become a member please visit:
The UNEVOC Bulletin is the newsletter of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre. The Bulletin is a means of the Centre to communicate with individual experts and institutions in the field of TVET. It is also a platform for the UNEVOC Network and other TVET agencies to report on their activities. The Bulletin is published twice a year and is available in all six UNESCO languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
You can subscribe to the mail version of the Bulletin by using the sign up form.