International Vocational Education and Training Association
Vice President for this Region:
Dr. Brenden Tempest Mogg, United Kingdom
IVETA REPORT FOR EUROPEAN REGION
Dr Brenden D Tempest-Mogg, Vice-President for Europe
Spring 2017 Report
Greetings from the UK.
Key Developments in Europe:
I am working to attract more institutional and individual members. To facilitate this, I am intending to have a European networking event in Canterbury in the next few months. Focus will be on the strength of memberships and networking opportunities. I have already encouraged ASIC and IVETA to co-share conference sponsorships, and this will happen in Kuala Lumpar and in Sydney. Not sure about New Zealand as not much has appeared yet about this event?
Two Areas to consider:
2. How can we maintain members?
Stressing to all members that they contribute items/news/challenges/issues to the Forum. Make the Forum more relevant with opportunities for members to highlight their skills/organization/institution. Thus, all can benefit from networking and co-operation. I am working on submitting articles etc. on a regular basis.
End of Year Report - 2016
This year it has been an honour to be Vice-President for Europe, and to be part of a vibrant and progressive organisation that is dedicated to vocational and technical training. I have endeavoured to focus on networking, promoting IVETA, and understanding more about what is needed to expand the membership at all levels. Three events stand out:
1. The first networking event was held at Warnborough College in Canterbury in March, with members from the UK, Republic of Ireland, Finland, Greece, Bulgaria and France attending. Institutional presentations were appreciated, and enthusiasm was shown to encourage more European members to provide Networking events. Dr Rumyana Shalamanova offered to host an event in Sofia, Bulgaria in October.
2. Attending the TVET/IVETA Annual Conference in Suva, Fiji in August was very special. This was my first visit to Fiji and the conference was well organised with outstanding presentations and workshops, delicious local food, cultural tours, and warm hospitality. A lot of effort had been put into this conference and all organisers should be congratulated on a job well done. This conference gave the opportunity to learn more, to meet other IVETA members, and to glean new knowledge about changes and developments in vocational and technical training. Friendships were made and areas for co-operation explored. I am in touch with several members working on ideas. The next annual conference will be held in Queenstown, New Zealand in September 2017. I will be bringing a delegation from the UK, Greece and France, and I expect others in Europe will attend. New Zealand promises to be another special event to celebrate IVETA achievements, to gain new knowledge, catching up with friends, and of course enjoy the delights of New Zealand.
3. The networking event in Sofia, was attended by members from the UK, France and Greece. Dr Rumyana Shalamanova, CEO of Know and Can Association and her colleague Dr Nicolai were excellent hosts. A welcome reception greeted us at Know and Can Association facilities, and the next day our presentations and meetings began at the Central Park Hotel. There were about 30 participants mostly from state institutions, and it was good to learn about their programmes and needs. There was focus on Erasmus + funding for specific projects, and IVETA institutions would be apply to apply. We enjoyed the city tours of Sofia, a beautiful historic city, and the day trip to Plovdiv, European Capital of Culture. The food in Bulgaria was exceptional - enjoyed by us all.
During the Fiji Conference it was good to meet Dr Olga Oleynikova, former President of IVETA, who has offered a networking meeting in Moscow in the spring. This will be ideal as there is already interest from other IVETA members in Europe. Also, I will be going to Athens in January for a meeting with IVETA member Dr Matina Chronopoulou, and we intend to promote IVETA in Greece among institutions who may be keen to join.
Some points to raise:
1. Need to get the IVETA website up-to-date and more attractive (we discussed this in Fiji). (Good if this was done before NZ Conference).
2. Encourage other regional vice-presidents to start networking meetings. Perhaps, they should have this ‘requirement’ in their appointment of at least one meeting in their region per year.
3. A new flyer/leaflet asap.
4. Standardised business card design.
It has been good working with the IVETA offices, and making new friends. Thank you.
Wishing everyone a very Happy Festive Season, and a fantastic year ahead for IVETA and for us all.
The European chapter of the International Vocational, Education and Training Association (IVETA) had their second meeting this year in Sofia, Bulgaria. The event was hosted by Know and Can Association at the Central Park Hotel, facing the majestic Palace of Culture on the 20th and 21st October.
28 organisations participated including Warnborough College (Ireland and UK), the Academy for Distance learning (UK) and Innovative Knowledge Institute (France). Dr Matina Chronopoulou, the IVETA member from Greece attended also.
Universities and other institutions from Bulgaria presented at this event, and time was set aside on the second day to brainstorm ways of networking and cooperation.
Dr Brenden Tempest-Mogg is also Vice-President of IVETA Europe. He spoke about the association’s goals to develop vocational education and training (VET) in Europe, and the rise of competency-based assessments throw the European Quality Framework. Dr Julian Ng did a workshop on Objectives-Based Education (OBE), a paradigm that is fast gaining traction around the world which has been proposed by the European Union as the way forward for VET.
See pictures and read more by clicking here: http://warnborough.edu/update/iveta-europe-meeting-bulgaria/
Greetings. In August 2016, I had the privilege as Vice President of IVETA Europe to attend the World TVET Conference in Fiji. Over 200 participants from around the world were able to network and absorb the changes taking place in technical and vocational education. The workshops were impressive where the emphasis was on quality output, performance and innovation – essential for organisations to remain competitive and relevant. IVETA was well represented. Dr Isimeli Tagicakiverata, Chairman of IVETA World TVET Conference Organising Committee, and his team did a splendid job in making the event extraordinary. The venue location in Suva at the famous Grand Pacific Hotel provided a perfect base for the presentations and meetings. The food and entertainment were excellent, and the warm hospitality was much appreciated. Ms Carmel Thompson, President of IVETA did wonders with her networking and PR skills bringing together so many nationalities. Congratulations to everyone involved in making the IVETA/TVET Conference memorable and successful. Well done.
During the past few month I have been working on increasing memberships, and I have some potential candidates in the pipeline. Also, focus has been on the forthcoming IVETA networking event to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria 20th to 21st October. This is being hosted by Dr Rumyana Shalamanova, Chairwoman Know and Can Association. Already we have participants enrolled from the UK, France and Greece. Professor Olga Oleynikova, Past President of IVETA, and Director of the Centre for Vocational Education & Training Studies in Russia, has kindly offered to hold a networking meeting in Moscow next Spring. Details to be announced. Having regional meetings is one way to increase memberships, and to develop partnerships for vocational and technical training. It is hoped that other regions will also follow this idea.
The TVET 2017 World Conference will be held in Queenstown, New Zealand in September. Places are limited so essential that Chuck Wareham (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Keith Heathcote (email@example.com) be contacted to reserve a place. For more details see: : www.worldtvet2017.kiwi
As we are moving towards the end of the year let us focus on more memberships, and building on contacts and friends made at the Fiji Conference.
Specifically relating to Canterbury area there has been some negative changes where options for vocational training have been reduced. Notably, the local ‘community college’ is closing down its GCE, ‘A’ Level and IT Departments. Students are expected to go further afield if they wish to take official examinations for entrance to colleges/universities in the UK, and if they want a career in IT. Teachers and students have been vocal about these changes. It seems that many technical colleges in Kent have been making changes and cutbacks. Not sure if this is due to Brexit and worries about future funding through ERASMUS. I am waiting until October when we have an IVETA networking meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria to discuss issues in the European region. Input from members will be interesting.
(a) High fees for courses is a big problem. Students are finishing courses/qualifications with huge debts and with no employment opportunities. Colleges and universities are promoting the advantages of a qualification, but in reality students are seeing this is not the case and are disgruntled.
(b) Many graduates advise students (through social media) to consider studying overseas where tuition fees are lower and vocational job prospects are more available. Even with a qualification graduates are paid a very small increase in salary – so why get into debt for a slight increase in salary?
Summer 2016 Report
Since my last report I have been focusing on:
Best wishes to everyone.
Dr Brenden D Tempest-Mogg
IVETA Vice-President Europe
IVETA Report 2016
IVETA REPORT Europe 2015
Greetings. Please accept my apologies for not being able to attend the New Orleans meeting due to the wedding of my daughter in Australia. I was looking forward to meeting you all, and sharing in the discussions and activities. Also, thank you for appointing me to this position. I will do my best to uphold the aims and objectives of IVETA.
To this end, I intend to increase the membership – individuals and organisations. Already I have signed up about 6-8 regular members and one organisation (Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges & Universities – ASIC). Other applications are in the pipeline.
Another focus for me is to promote IVETA in Europe with vocational bodies and training organisations. To facilitate this, student/teacher exchange programmes could be promoted and developed. Making colleges and universities more aware of the benefits of vocational skills and training would be a priority. Bodies such as the Education, Training and Employment CIC and Job Point Central both based in the UK and dedicated to vocational training, employment and funding would be useful for internships and work experience not just for youths but for mature adults seeking re-training in order to go back into the work force with new skills.
Through increased IVETA memberships and social media it would be beneficial to all those who become members worldwide. The chance to network, attend workshops and regional/annual conferences would enhance even further the vision of IVETA.
Vocational training is needed more than ever today as the demand for high-quality technical, vocational and service skills are required. IVETA stands out to facilitate
opportunities in international education and training, and I am delighted to be part of this dynamic and expanding organisation.
Dr Brenden D Tempest-Mogg
5th November 2015
Executive Board Meeting 24th August 2015, Kuching, Maleysia
Key developments in VET in Europe are mainly based on the activities and strategies of European Union. We are working on the EUROPE 2020: a strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, launched in 2010. ET 2020 specifies the strategic goals in education and training. The challenges are linked to the following issues:
EU has very impressive goals in education and training. It has to be kept in mind that all member states are responsible for their education and training systems. The newest declaration of ministers in charge of vocational education and training; Rica Conclusions 2015 renewed the efforts in raising the overall quality and status of VET in the context
of the Copenhagen process. Erasmus+ program supports the European cooperation in the field. Focus is on the mobility activities but also strategic partnerships are financed.
The issues we tackle with are also linked to the economic situation in EU. In Finland, for example, there will be a cut in funding of education and training, including VET. The unemployment rate of young people is still high in many European countries but at the same time there are vacancies that cannot be filled. Closer cooperation with the world of work is also needed.
IVETA can support building up partnerships outside Europe, sharing knowledge, skills and expertise of people working on the same questions in different countries. We could also share good practices among Executive Board, learn from each other and support each other as peers.
Mari Kontturi, IVETA Vice President Europe
You can read more about the Riga Conclusions 2015 here:
EfVET Conference October 2015
The next EfVET Annual International Conference will take place in Paphos, Cyprus 21st - 24th October 2015. The topic of the conference is Excellence in VET making - the difference. EfVET is
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More information about EfVET, European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training available at: http://www.efvet.org/
Visit Skills Competitions in Europe, Euroskills2016 will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden next year. Information available at http://euroskills2016.se/
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