UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training


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The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training was established in 2000 and was inaugurated in Bonn in 2002. It is at once UNESCO’s specialized Centre for TVET and the hub of a worldwide Network of TVET institutions, the UNEVOC Network. Its aim is to assists UNESCO's member states in strengthening and upgrading their TVET systems. UNEVOC Network includes government ministries, research facilities, planning and training institutions and serves as a platform for information sharing. Ideal that sets direction of Centre’s activities is TVET relevant to the needs of the labour market, of high quality, and broadly accessible. The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre acts as a key component of UNESCO’s international programme on technical and vocational education and training. It also works to support UNESCO’s mandate for Education for All and Education for Sustainable Development. The Centre achieves this through taking action to strengthen and upgrade the world-wide UNEVOC Network, with particular reference to:

  • Stimulating international and regional cooperation concerning human resource development
  • Promoting UNESCO normative instruments and standards
  • Promoting best and innovative practices in TVET
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Mobilizing expertise and resources
  • Strengthening partnerships with other relevant agencies.

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European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training Centre Européen pour le Développement de la Formation Professionnelle - CEDEFOP)

European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training - CEDEFOP established in 1975, is a European agency that helps promote and develop vocational education and training in the European Union (EU). It is  EU's reference centre for vocational education and training. CEDEFOP is a non-profit, decentralized and independent agency with its head office located in Thessaloniki, Greece. CEDEFOP has a counselling role and helps the Commission, member states, EU institutions and other organisations, based on agency’s research and information, to competently decide on the policies of vocational education.

Centre provides associates with latest information on current state and trends in vocational education in EU. Centre publishes Cedefop Info, a journal that collects relevant information about vocational education in all member states, and is available in English, German and French language. Cedefop's free-off-charge publications include ''Cedefop Info'', ''Panorama'', and ''Discussion papers''.

Centre produces studies and reports on issues from the field of vocational education, mainly areas of quality, transparency and accreditation of informal learning, sectoral trends, new qualifications, financing, etc. CEDEFOP organizes study visits to other member states related to specific areas of vocational education. The Information and Documentation Service (Infodoc) is a part of the centre, and its main task is to compile selected documentation relating in particular to the present situation, latest developments and research in the relevant fields, and to matters of vocational training structure. Every year Centre submits report to the European Parliament on all activities and implementation of previous year plan.