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European Vocational Skills Week 2020

9 November 2020,   to   12 November 2020

COVID-19 is having major impacts on VET, but VET is also a key part of the solutions to the problems that lockdowns and social distancing rules will bring to the economy and society. This is why we cannot give up. We need to go online to promote the value of VET as part of EVSW.

• In terms of the challenges VET faces, already we can see:
• Uncertainty about how best to deliver VET to young people and apprentices already on programmes.
• The danger of inequalities in access to VET increasing since learners vary in their access to digital devices and the internet.
• Adults in work being laid off or furloughed who are now at home.

In response, we can see VET:

• Building a base of online/distance learning experience that could be a foundation for further development.
• Taking steps to ensure all learners can access the new opportunities being put in place.
• Finding ways to support adults who are at home to develop their skills and better prepare for the post-pandemic labour market.
At the same time, everyone who works in VET is facing the challenge of finding out how best to use digital learning tools.

And it’s here that the European Vocational Skills Week can really help, by providing an unrivalled forum for identifying common problems and exchanging solutions.

To learn more and to register click on the link provided below.

E-learning course on training for prevention and emancipation from forced labour and modern slavery

25 October 2020,   to   17 December 2020
Online (E-Campus)

The aim of this course is to develop their capacities to support the prevention of modern slavery and provide assistance to victims, including reintegration. It will specifically address how to design education and training interventions tailored to the needs of persons who may be at risk or have directly experienced forms of modern slavery, such as forced labour or human trafficking for labour exploitation.

The course targets government officials, development practitioners, key personnel from the ILO and the UN working with related topics, as well as representatives, managers and staff of key TVET stakeholders, such as:

- Technical staff of Ministries working in the areas of TVET and skills development, education, social welfare, as well as labour and human rights;
- Experts and technical staff from CSOs, NGOs and other civil society actors, working in the field of human rights and/or TVET;
- TVET teachers and trainers, in-company trainers and mentors; and
- Pedagogical staff of TVET trainers’ training centres;
- Managers of vocational training centres;
- Representatives of workers’ and employers’ organizations involved in TVET delivery.

This innovative eLearning course has been designed using a learner-centred approach in order to better involve participants and keep them motivated. It is highly interactive and engaging. Different methods will be used to ensure that the content is appealing, relevant and entertaining.
After the participant has completed each module and submitted the assignment through the course platform, a tutor will provide feedback and the participant will be given access to the next module. Participants who successfully complete the required assignments (one per each module) will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

Participants will be required to have a good knowledge of oral and written English or French as training materials will be available on the e-platform in both languages.

Application deadline for course: 12 October 2020

To learn more about this e-course click on the link provided below

Webinar: Innovations and Strategies for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

13 October 2020,   to  
Virtual event (ZOOM)

Most learning takes place through non-formal and informal means, whether at work, home, or elsewhere. In fact, in many developing countries, the majority of people acquire workplace skills by informal means. In the absence of recognized qualifications, they face severe disadvantages as far as finding decent jobs, migrating to other regions and accessing further education and training. Unfortunately, most formal education and training systems are not geared to recognize non-formal and informal learning. This not only hinders the development of human capital but is also a cause of its under-utilization. As a result, the recognition of knowledge, skills and competencies acquired through non-formal and informal means is becoming a highly aspirational, political and social issue, attracting the attention of policymakers.

Given its importance, key international standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and EU policy papers, as well as national policies recommend that countries establish recognition of prior learning (RPL) system. Many countries have initiated steps towards establishing RPL systems, but the majority face challenges to their successful implementation. Therefore, policy-makers and practitioners are seeking support from the ILO and other institutions in this area.

The objectives of the webinar, Innovations and Strategies for Recognition for Prior Learning, are:
1. To examine the challenges faced by countries in developing, implementing and scaling up RPL
2. To exchange experiences and good practices undertaken by various countries to overcome challenges
3. To share innovative practices in using digital technology for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the RPL process
4. To share evidence of benefits of RPL
5. To identify policy recommendations for RPL systems.

The webinar is designed for the representatives of public authorities, employers and workers organisations, assessment bodies, TVET institutes and other stakeholders who are involved in the design and implementation of RPL.

For more information and to register, click on the link provided below.

E-learning course on management of vocational training centres

12 October 2020,   to   11 December 2020

The International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO) organizes this fully online course as part of Centre’s Skills Development portfolio, which targets worldwide capacity building needs to support the implementation of TVET and skills development programs. This distance learning course provides insights into a systemic management approach and discusses the practical concepts and skills needed to prepare the vocational training Centres to face the challenges of the future of work.

Application deadline: 28 September 2020.
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