The UNEVOC Network is a global platform for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) systems. Its goal is to advance cooperation between institutions worldwide.


UNESCO is the United Nations’ agency for education, science, and culture. It works to improve education worldwide at all levels through:

  • Technical advice
  • Standard setting
  • Innovative projects
  • Capability building and networking


What is the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training?

The Centre is one of eight UNESCO institutes and centres in the field of education. The Centre helps Member States develop education policies and practices that:

  • Improve work and skills development
  • Make education accessible
  • Create learning opportunities throughout life

Read more about the Centre.

Bow Valley College: A UNEVOC Centre

At the beginning of 2016, Bow Valley College began the application process to become a UNEVOC Centre. On August 15, 2016 we became a UNEVOC Centre and a member of the UNEVOC Network. In Canada, UNEVOC Network TVET needs are coordinated by Colleges and Institutes Canada. They’re supported by UNEVOC Centres Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles and Bow Valley College.

Watch our UNEVOC Centre designation launch

Bow Valley College’s responsibilities include:
  • Reporting and sharing relevant experiences about 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 like UNESCO-UNEVOC's mandate:

“To achieve high-quality education standards while being accessible for everyone, providing learning opportunities for people in all stages of life.”

We believe education should be available at any time, any place, any path, and any pace. We're committed to strengthening TVET systems globally in general. Specifically, we're committed to the United Nations' Sustainable Development goals 4 and 8 (Quality Education and Decent Work & Economic Growth).

Bow Valley  has been helping youth with entrepreneurial  for many years. We do this by:

  • incorporating courses in entrepreneurship into formal curricula and certification
  • supporting small businesses in providing workplace training

Our focus area as a UNEVOC Centre is on "Fostering youth employment and entrepreneurship." Which lines up withUNESCO Strategy for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) 2016-2021.

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UNEVOC resources

Exchanging resources is an important part of effective knowledge management:

  • UNEVOC Network Portal
  • TVeT Forum*
  • World TVET database
  • Specialized TVET Publications
  • Promising Practices
  • Multimedia
  • TVETipedia Glossary

The UNEVOC TVeT Forum is an online discussion board. TVET experts from around the world share information and knowledge. To take part, you need a UNEVOC account.

For more information about the UNEVOC Network or to become a member, please visit:


UNEVOC Bulletin

The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre’s newsletter is for experts and institutions in TVET. It also gives the UNEVOC Network and other TVET agencies a way to report on their activities. The Bulletin is published twice a year. It's available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Subscribe now or read the most recent issue

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