International Vocational Education and Training Association


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  • 19 Sep 2019 6:17 AM | IVETA (Administrator)


    IVETA Europe is holding its second regional conference on technical, vocational education and training (TVET) in Sofia, Bulgaria.

    The theme of the conference is “Bridging the Gap Between TVET and Employment Worldwide”.

    Two related global crises are happening simultaneously: high levels of youth unemployment and a shortage of job seekers with relevant vocational work skills.

    Young people and their parents consider TVET as a second-class education; employers believe that new graduates are not adequately prepared for entry-level positions in the vocational sector but rarely invest in TVET; TVET providers state that the new graduates are ready to work although they know that curriculum and school equipment most often differ a lot from the world of work.

    While vocational education appears to be a good solution as it gives knowledge and develops skills in specific field, it has low or lesser perceived value among students. Some countries, mainly European, value academic education over vocational education.  Others invest a lot in the vocational sector and make efforts to bring business to it.

    Industry practitioners and educational stakeholders from around the globe will come to share their expertise, ideas and experience on how to meet the demands and supply in TVET. The conference is organised jointly by IVETA, Warnborough College UK and Know and Can Association in Bulgaria.

    More details and registration procedures can be found on the conference website:


  • 15 Sep 2019 6:31 AM | IVETA (Administrator)

    I am pleased to extend to you an invitation to visit our beautiful country, the most populous African country, with hospitable people and colourful cultural heritage.

    The Federal Republic of Nigeria is the host country for the 2019 IVETA International Conference, (4th to 8th November, 2019).

    The conference will provide attendees from all parts of the globe an opportunity to come and experience the rich heritage and culture diversity Nigeria has to offer.

    IVETA Eastern and Western African Region is delighted to have been afforded an opportunity to organise the event of this magnitude and is grateful to the Executive of IVETA for giving Nigeria the Hosting Right.

    Many thanks to Association of Vocational Technical Educators of Nigeria (AVTEN), Rackon Feeds, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and host of others who are collaborating to see that 2019 IVETA International Conference bring a remarkable experience to every delegates.

    The conference promises to create a platform for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals 2016-2030 through Global Partnerships in TVET.

    We have no doubt that this International Conference will be a fulfilling one for All, so come, be our guest.

    We hold you at the highest realms of our regards.


    Ayonmike, Chinyere Shirley, Ph.D

    Regional Vice President,

    IVETA Eastern and Western Africa


  • 06 Jan 2019 9:17 AM | IVETA (Administrator)

    I am honored and pleased to assume the duties of President of IVETA for the years 2019 to 2020. I thank Past President Bob Mahlman for the work he has done over the past two years.

    Another year has passed and another year has come. I wish you all happy New Year. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the new vice presidents of the regions, and I would like to see them demonstrate and play a pro active role in promoting IVETA in their  region.

    I am proud to be part of the association that understands the importance of TVET and supports the same mission. I have several goals I wish to accomplish during my presidency. In my view, the most important step we can take is to strengthen the administrative committee and set targets. 

    My list of areas to undertake include:

    • Membership
    • Conference management
    • Journal
    • Outreach to other societies
    • Outreach to Industry
    • Regional conference
    • Marketing budget
    • IVETA certification program

    We need to establish long term and short term goals for IVETA  with objective measures of success. I intend to develop management policies and procedures that will assure the integrity of the income and continued success of our conferences.

    We need to do more on our marketing activities to increase our membership and at the same time increase revenue. Membership drive committees would be setup in each region and more outreach programs would be planned across the globe. IVETA needs to diversify its activities in order to generate more revenue and play an active role in promoting TVET worldwide.

    There is a suggestion that IVETA explore an opportunity to work with an established training provider to introduce a certification program that will have the IVETA trade mark.

    The role of Executive Director will be reevaluated, we would like to hear member’s opinion how the position is still relevant to the development of IVETA. We need to streamline the job function of each division and to ensure there are no redundant roles.

    May God pour love and care on you. Happy New Year.

    BAHA Abdullah

    IVETA President


  • 27 Nov 2018 11:15 AM | IVETA (Administrator)

    IVETA currently has the following positions on the Executive Board vacant:

    • Vice President East Europe and Central Asia
    • Vice President Latin America and the Caribbean
    • Vice President Middle East and North Africa
    • Vice President Southern Africa
    • Executive Director

    If you are interested in filling one of the roles, please read the role statements below and send an email by Dec. 31, 2018 of interest and a current resume/CV to the IVETA Executive Secretariat at  BE SURE TO INDICATE THE POSITION FOR WHICH YOU ARE APPLYING.

    Role statements:

    Vice Presidents - Vice Presidents must:

    • Be an Association member of good standing for at least one year prior to the nomination date
    • Be prepared to fulfil the functions of the office and attend Association meetings
    • Represent the IVETA regions and report on significant issues relevant to TVET and IVETA’s objectives.  Vice Presidents must live within the region they represent.
    • Maintain connections with IVETA members and encourage new memberships
    • Represent and promote IVETA within their regions
    • Be responsible for the effective functioning of IVETA National/Regional Offices where these exist in their regions
    • Initiate and maintain professional contacts within and between regions
    • Submit items to the President for the Hot Line on a quarterly basis
    • Attend regional and international conferences of IVETA where feasible
    • Recruit, support and mentor Country Liaison Officers in their region where appropriate.
    • The Vice President North America is responsible for liaison with the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and for recommending any related joint activities or partnerships between IVETA and ACTE

    Executive Director – The Executive Director must:

    • Be an Association member of good standing for at least one year prior to the nomination date
    • Be prepared to fulfil the functions of the office and attend Association meetings
    • Have relevant qualifications and experience as determined by the Executive Committee from time to time
    • Support the President-Elect to review and update the Constitution and by-laws to ensure they are aligned and current and make recommendations to the President for any changes
    • Support the President-elect to oversee the Micro Grant Program, including ensuring guidelines are up to date and meet IVETA objectives, overseeing assessment of applications and ensuring reports on outcomes are provided and are publicized on the IVETA website
    • Oversee, review and be accountable for partnership agreements, contracts with National/Regional Offices and for arrangements with Country Liaison Officers and provide advice to the Executive Committee about whether they are continuing to meet objectives
    • Review and maintain all other IVETA policies, programs, agreements and contracts to ensure they are meeting objectives and make recommendations for any changes

  • 14 Sep 2018 12:08 PM | IVETA (Administrator)

    From 13 to 16 August 2018, a number of the IVETA Executive Committee were fortunate to attend the 2018 IVETA conference hosted by the South African College Principals Organisation (SACPO) and held in beautiful Cape Town South Africa. Several hundred delegates attended the conference from some 25 countries.

    The conference timing was all the more meaningful because it coincided with the Nelson Mandela Centenary Celebrations . This gave us the opportunity to reflect on his achievements and his belief in education and its life-changing potential for young people.

    Over the course of four days SACPO got the balance of activities exactly right including:

    ·        A wide diversity of stimulating presentations and discussions
    ·        Plenty of networking opportunities and time to visit a great array of exhibitors
    ·        A site visit to False Bay College (more on that later)
    ·        Fun social activities including great music at the reception cocktail dinner and a fantastic guided tour, wine tasting and dinner at beautiful Groot Constantia Estate.

    And it was all hosted and organised with the attention to detail that good conferences need. The venue, facilities, staff and food at the Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel were exceptional and the SACPO support team were always on hand to ensure smooth running.

    Click here to see pictures from the conference.

    Some of my highlights

    There were so many highlights but here are some particular ones.

    The Minister’s opening address

    The opening address by Ms Naledi Pandor, the Honourable Minister of Higher Education and Training in South Africa who spoke from the heart and with deep insight about the potential for TVET to positively impact on individual lives and on the economic wellbeing of South Africa.

    She delivered such common sense messages about the  need for young people to be creative, responsive, analytical and adaptive and to imagine beyond the present, in our rapidly changing world and she emphasised the importance of supporting and developing colleges and staff – “We who train today have to train for tomorrow”.

    She spoke of how important it is to develop the skills of entrepreneurship that will enable young people to be adaptive, innovative and run their own businesses and she emphasised the imperative to turn around the “deficit notion of TVET”.

    The Minister’s messages really resonated with me and as always when I interact across IVETA’s global networks, I am struck by our shared challenges – our countries and contexts might be very different but our challenges are so similar – we all need skilled teachers who deliver high quality TVET that meets industry, employer and individual learner needs and contributes to building a strong economy.

    This is the value of being part of IVETA’s international network – we can share ideas and solutions for our shared challenges.  I think we should make it our mission to turn the “deficit notion of TVET” described by the Minister into the “value-add of TVET” – the value-add to people’s learning and lives, work, careers and business prospects, to the prosperity of industry and employers and to the economy as a whole.

    The contribution of Professor Cecil Bodibe as Scholar-in-Residence

    Professor Bodibe had several roles in the lead up and during the conference as part of his “overall responsibility to the academic content of the conference” but I particularly enjoyed his summing up each morning of the previous day’s presentations and discussions and his insightful observations.  It’s rare at a conference when it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the richness of information presented, to be offered the opportunity for a concise analysis, debrief and reflection, led by an eminent scholar. Congratulations to SACPO for engaging Professor Bodibe in this role and thank you to the Professor for his contribution.

    Visit to Westlake Campus of False Bay College

    I work in VET policy in Australia and what I always enjoy most at our international conferences is the opportunity to visit a college and see TVET brought to life – when we move beyond “policy frameworks” and see TVET in action on the ground.

    At the beautiful and spacious Westlake Campus of False Bay College staff led us on tours of the electrical workshops, yacht and boat building academy, and the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Rapid Incubator.  I really enjoyed hearing about the College’s approach to providing full access and participation for students with disabilities, learning about the fact that the graduates from the boat building academy are in demand for jobs in the international maritime market, and how the Centre for Entrepreneurship is inspiring and supporting young people to become entrepreneurs and establish their own start-ups – a move towards job creation rather than job seeking.

    A big thank you to the management and staff who generously gave of their time and led the visit.

    Our one disappointment

    The weather defeated us on our last day when delegates were due to visit the Robben Island Museum and high winds and rain led to cancellation of all ferries to the island.  It was to be my highlight of visiting Cape Town, to pay my respects to Nelson Mandela in the year of his Centenary.

    I guess I’ll just have to return to Cape Town!


    Once again, thank you to the South African College Principals Organisation from all of us on the IVETA Executive for your warm welcome and wonderful hosting of the 2018 IVETA Conference.  May we continue to learn from the knowledge we gained and the networks we established.

    Margo Couldrey

    General Secretary IVETA

    September 2018


  • 03 Sep 2018 7:04 AM | IVETA (Administrator)

    The following officers were elected via ballot and confirmed at the IVETA Executives Meeting on August 12 in Cape Town, SA, in conjunction with the International Meeting.  They will join the IVETA President Elect, who succeeds to IVETA President.

    Dato Baharudin Abdullah, Malaysia - IVETA President

    Dato Baharudin Abdullah was the Executive Director for Sarawak Skills Development Centre (SSDC). He has been leading SSDC for 20 years since the inception of the organization. His true commitment and contribution towards development of youth technical skills in line with government aspiration led him to be conferred the “ Darjah Yang Amat Mulia Bintang Sarawak Panglima Setia Bintang Sarawak (P.S.B.S.) “ that carries the title ‘Dato’. Mr. Abdullah who is from Malaysia was the host along with Sarawak Skills Development of the 2015 IVETA International Conference.

    Election Results:

    IVETA President Elect – Term to begin Jan. 1, 2019 for two years, followed by a two-year term as IVETA President.  Three Candidates:

    John Gaal

    Dr. Gaal is the Director of Training and Workforce Development for the St. Louis-Kansas City-Carpenters Regional Council. As a labor representative, he currently serves on the St. Louis County Workforce Development Board, Missouri Workforce Development Board, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans’ Board of Directors (Chair, Committee on Apprenticeship, Training & Education), National Skills Coalition’s Leadership Council, and US-DOL’s ApprenticeshipUSA LEADERs.

    Within the past decade, he completed terms of service on the US DOL’s Federal Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship, International Vocational Education and Training Association’s Board of Directors, Association of Skilled and Technical Sciences’ President, SkillsUSA’s Board of Directors, Association for Career and Technical Education’s Board of Directors, and Board of Education at the St. Louis (AGC) Construction Careers Center Charter High School. Dr. Gaal received the Missouri Trade and Technical Outstanding Leadership Award in 2004, the Missouri NEA’s Horace Mann Award in 2007, the NAACP’s Labor Diversity Advocate Award in 2007, the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers 2008 Diversity Champion Award, the US Labor & Employment Relations Association’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2015 Outstanding Leader in TVET Award, and the 2016 St. Louis Construction Cooperative’s Dick Mantia Labor Award. John completed a union apprenticeship in carpentry over 30 years ago and has since earned an associate’s degree in construction management, a bachelor’s degree in architecture, master’s degree in international business, and a doctorate in organizational leadership.

    In addition, he completed post-doctoral programs at Harvard University (Trade Union Leadership: 2009) and University of Florida (Marketing & Management: 2014). John was honored with two Fulbright (Specialist) Scholarships in Labor and Industrial Relations (Tokyo, Japan: 2010 and Toronto, Canada: 2015). He has published numerous articles on issues related to workforce development, education, and training. John was one of the chief architects of the BUD (Building Union Diversity) program in St. Louis that, since late 2013, has opened the career pathways to > 100 women and people of color in the construction industry. BUD has been recognized twice as a best practice by The White House. Dr. Gaal has been married for 34 years, has four children, and will soon begin his 23rd year as an adjunct professor at Webster University.

     Regional Vice Presidents – Terms to begin Jan. 1, 2019 for two years

    Eastern and Western Africa

    Ayonmike Chinyere Shirley (Mrs.) Ph.D

    Dr. (Mrs.) Ayonmike, Chinyere Shirley is a Lecturer in the Department of Technical and Business Education, Delta State University, Abraka Nigeria. She is the Head of Unit, Computer Science Education and Co-ordinator, Computer Science Education, Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) programme. She has special interest in Industrial Technology Education research, with over 20 research works published in both national and international reputable journals. Ayonmike C.S. has a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D) in Technical Education. A member of academic/professional bodies with distinctive contributions: International Vocational Education and Training Association (IVETA)-USA-Liaison-Officer (2014-date), Nigeria Vocational Association (NVA)-Treasurer (2011-date), member Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association(AVETRA), Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), and Association for Career Technical Education Research (ACTER). Ayonmike C.S. is happily married to Joseph and blessed with a lovely daughter Anino.


    Wendy Cato

    Wendy is a well-respected VET professional who has over 25 years working in the sector as a trainer/ assessor, managed four RTOs as well as providing quality consulting services and professional development services across Australia.  She has been the manager of the Linked In group RTO Professionals Discussion Group for the past 5 years, which has in excess of 5,500 Australian and international members that discuss many topics of relevance to national and international vocational education.

    Wendy is recognised at both national and international levels as a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) specialist and as such has presented at a number of international and domestic forums on RPL including IVETA (Fiji), the Canadian Association of Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA), numerous VELG National Conferences and the Resources Training Council.

    Wendy’s work during her term as the RTO Manager of Red R Australia (a humanitarian emergency response organisation) involved the identification of the need and processes for the recognition of the unaccredited training that is being broadly delivered by humanitarian agencies across Pacific nations in the areas of Logistics and Emergency Response. The process of RPL (in its various forms) is growing significantly internationally due to increase in people moving across countries / continents either voluntarily or involuntarily (refugees).

    I believe I have much offer to the IVETA committee and IVETA members as a resource in regards to my broad range of experiences and networks.


    Julian NG

    I have been interested in TVET since I was a young lad. Despite being focused on an academic pathway, I was always encouraged to pursue extra-curricular activities and the breadth of the things I learnt have held me in good stead over the years and helped me to engage with people from all walks of life. I have a strong passion for education – to steer people towards seeing the lightbulbs brighten up with their own eyes, to enable them to discover the learning for their own selves. This, I have been fortunate to engender at all levels in my career as an educator – from kindergarten all the way to University. TVET has the added benefit of being hands-on. This further dimension to learning is an extremely powerful tool. I believe that TVET can show traditional academia that learning does not have to be dry and boring, yet still produce results that are exceptional.  IVETA, being an international organisation, can effect a lot of change. It has a non-partisan approach to learning and collaboration, both of which begin with the Committee and its members. It can link and liaise with governments, organisations and industry. If I am nominated, I would like to encourage more collaboration between members, initiate dialogues with industry and governments on IVETA’s behalf through discrete projects as well as generally. We can only succeed in our mission if we share and work together.


    Davison M. Mupinga

    I have been a active member of IVETA for over twelve years and have served the organization in various capacities, first as the IVETA Newsletter Editor and then as Editor of IVETA’s Journal of International Vocational Education and Training (IJVET).  I have extensive background and experience in vocational education and training, starting as a high school vocational education teacher, a community college instructor, and a career and technical teacher educator at universities in Zimbabwe and the United States.  I am currently an associate professor in career and technical teacher education at Kent State University. My research interests are in international technical and vocational education (TVET), specifically, program development and evaluation, and training of TVET teachers, trainers, administrators. In line with the purpose of IVETA, my desires as VP for North America, are to: a) continue creating opportunities for researchers and practitioners to share knowledge and expertise through forums such as conferences, online discussion forums, and conference proceedings; b) promote the IJVET as a tool to disseminate TVET information; and c) liaise with IVETA membership team to increase membership from North America.


    Dato Sri Ganes

    My foundation lies in TVET (Technical Education and Vocational Training). I founded and lead SG Education Group since 1999, which is the parent body of several five star rated skills training colleges across Malaysia. Accredited by the Department of Skills Development (DSD), under the purview of the Ministry of Human Resource Malaysia, SG Education is also accredited and recognised by prominent local and international institutions for its remarkable performance in the TVET industry. My goal is developing job-specific and industry centric training as an alternative pathway for those not inclined towards tertiary education. Moving along the transition towards digitisation, I have uniquely incorporated the skills and talents for Digital Economy in the TVET training in order to produce highly demanded workforce in the industry at international arena.

    Further, I have shared, discussed and brainstormed ideas in the IVETA conferences since 2015 and has always been applauded for bringing the most beneficial information that will contribute to the IVETA community in line with its visionary missions. I contributed knowledge and funds to the noble efforts of IVETA with no hesitation, with the sole intention to enhance the preaching and practice of TVET throughout the world.

    If I hold a position as an IVETA Executive Committee, it provides me a greater platform to spread the ideology of modern TVET that will contribute directly towards the nation building in which we recognise IVETA is the key that will open every country’s door to channel and distribute the knowledge and technology for TVET development.


    Wendy Perry

    Fostering networks, exploring opportunities to collaborate worldwide, and learning from colleagues, all links to IVETA’s position as a leader on the future vision for vocational education and training.

    Developing world-class TVET systems is a key personal goal and with over 22 years’ experience working across all Australian states and territories, and international connections in Bhutan, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore and the USA, I’m keen to see world-leading TVET practice shared through IVETA.

    Working across Education and Training including VET/Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET), Employment and Entrepreneurship, 21st Century Capabilities and Future Jobs, Workforce Planning and Development for Employers and Industry, Regions and Countries, I am the Managing Director of Workforce BluePrint, where I mentor people from all over the world.

    As General Secretary, it is important to record IVETA’s decisions, meetings and planning accurately and in a way that reflects the purposes of IVETA.  A role that through the dissemination of information, engages IVETA members and broader audiences interested in VET.  I look forward to contributing more formally to IVETA, serving members and the international VET community, thank you.

  • 01 Sep 2018 8:42 AM | IVETA (Administrator)

    During the International Conference in South Africa, August 16,  the following Awards were presented by IVETA Past President Carmel Thompson, Chair of the IVETA Awards Committee.


    The President’s Award for Outstanding Leadership in TVET is awarded to an individual who has made significant contributions to the advancement of TVET at the local, national and international levels.

    Nominated by:   Mr Igberadja Serumu  Member from the Delta State University Nigeria. 

    THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD is awarded to Dato Sri Ganes for  his  significant contributions to the advancement of TVET in Malaysia and the Asian continent at large.   Dato’ Sri Ganes is the CEO of SG Education Group which he founded in 1999 and which is the parent body of several five star rated skills training organisations across Malaysia.  SG Education Group is a leading TVET institution in Malaysia with international accreditation and partnerships across the globe.


    The Robert D. Cain Business Organization Awards are awarded to companies, government agencies, or educational institutions in recognition of support of IVETA, such as sponsorship of general association programs, conference activities, work release for association participation, publicity and publication assistance. Robert D Cain was a long-term business member who made significant contributions to IVETA.

    Nominated by:  Carmel Thompson, Past President IVETA



    The South African College Principals Organization (SACPO) is a professional independent association representing the fifty (50) public TVET colleges in South Africa.  SACPO is a strong advocate for TVET. Collectively TVET colleges have about 264 campuses across South Africa with a student population of almost 800,000 students pursuing various vocational education and training careers.

    SACPO is comprised of National General Council and a National Office based in Centurion in the Capital City of Tshwane, South Africa.

    SACPO has organised, hosted and supported this World TVET Conference 2018 in partnership with IVETA 13-16 August 2018 under the theme “Making Technical and Vocational Education Training the First Choice”.  Organising a successful event of this size with such diverse participation and debate is no mean feat.

    The conference has given  SACPO the opportunity to showcase their achievements and milestones as a sector and to create a platform for the  TVET world at large to map a way for making TVET the first choice. They have also supported and promoted IVETA as an international network for the advancement of TVET.

    IVETA indeed acknowledges and appreciates their hard work and distinguished service in bringing this successful conference to fruition.  They have genuinely earned this award and have our sincere thanks.



    The Joel Magisos Exceptional Service Award is awarded to recognize long-term individual achievement in support of IVETA and its mission and objectives.  Particular attention is placed on activities which include the continuing development and growth of IVETA, (such as membership recruitment, fundraising, organisation of conference programs), work on TVET publications and development of high quality TVET practice. The award honors the contributions to IVETA of Joel Magisos, a sustaining Charter Member.   

     Nominated by:   Mr Igberadja Serumu  Member from the Delta State University Nigeria.

    The JOEL MAGISOS EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE AWARD is awarded to Mrs Ayonmike Chinyere Shirley PhD for her  long-term individual achievement in support of IVETA and its mission and objectives.


    Ayonmike, C.S PhD joined IVETA in 2013, and in 2014 she became the Liaison Officer for Nigeria.  As the Liaison Officer she recruited many members through her persistent effort on membership drives. She sent several letters to sensitize academics in TVET institutions in Nigeria on the need to join IVETA. In addition, as the Regional Vice President of IVETA Eastern and Western Africa, Dr Ayonmike was able to link  three international organisations from Malaysia and Italy to Delta State Technical Vocational Education Board.   Furthermore, Dr Ayonmike led the IVETA Team to attend the Business Technical Vocational education and Training (BTVET) Week organised by the Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Quality Education (UPF-QE) and it was a fruitful outing to promote IVETA.

    As the Regional Vice President of IVETA Eastern and Western Africa, Dr Ayonmike continues to recruit new members to IVETA creating a strong and vibrant professional network of IVETA members in her region.

    IVETA very much appreciates Shirley’s extraordinary effort in promoting IVETA in her region with her tireless energy and she is therefore a very worthy recipient in 2018.


  • 17 May 2018 6:51 AM | IVETA (Administrator)

    The Annual IVETA Members Meeting will take place August 14 from 1:00 - 1:30 pm at the VOC Centre, Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa in conjunction with the International Conference.  For more information on the Conference, Click Here.

  • 16 May 2018 6:49 AM | IVETA (Administrator)

    An amendment to the IVETA Constitution has been proposed and approved by the IVETA Executive Committee at its May 2 meeting. In accordance the the IVETA constitution, proposed amendments must be shared at least 60 days prior to the Annual Business Meeting (August 14, Cape Town, SA).

    Please read the proposed amendments at the links below. In sum, if passed, the amendments will allow IVETA Organizational Membership to include up to six members (currently the limit is three) and give the IVETA Executive Committee authority to make certain membership policy changes.


    Membership Policy Proposed

    Please send any comments prior to August 10 to Executive Secretariat at

  • 08 May 2018 7:35 AM | IVETA (Administrator)

    Nominations are invited from IVETA members for the following annual awards to be presented during the International Conference of International Vocational Education and Training Association World TVET Conference (Theme: “MAKING TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION TRAINING THE FIRST CHOICE) in Cape Town, South Africa on 13-16 August 2018.  The deadline for nominations is July 7, 2018.

    The objective of the Awards is to recognize individuals and organizations for significant contributions to the development, promotion and practice of international vocational education and training, for sustained dedication to the achievement of IVETA’s mission and values and/or for continuing service and support to IVETA to strengthen its membership and achievements. Recipients may include individuals, companies, government agencies, and organizations that support the international efforts of the association and its members.  

    The Awards are as follows: 

    • The President’s Award for Outstanding Leadership in TVET is awarded to an individual who has made significant contributions to the advancement of TVET at the local, national and international levels.
    • The Joel Magisos Exceptional Service Award is awarded to recognize long-term individual achievement in support of IVETA and its mission and objectives.  Particular attention is placed on activities which include the continuing development and growth of IVETA, (such as membership recruitment, fundraising, organisation of conference programs), work on TVET publications and development of high quality TVET practice. The award honors the contributions to IVETA of Joel Magisos, a sustaining Charter Member.    
    • The Robert D. Cain Business Organization Awards are awarded to companies, government agencies, or educational institutions in recognition of support of IVETA, such as sponsorship of general association programs, conference activities, work release for association participation, publicity and publication assistance. Robert D Cain was a long-term business member who made significant contributions to IVETA.

    All Award recipients receive a plaque/certificate and a complimentary year of IVETA membership and details of the Awards and recipient’s achievements will be posted on the IVETA website and published in the Hotline with the recipient’s agreement.


    Information should be included that describes activities to support the nomination.  Nominators should provide examples of the nominee’s recent activities that demonstrate significant sustainable contributions and achievements in relation to TVET development, promotion and practice and provide contact details of at least one referee who can be contacted to confirm the contributions.


    Ms Carmel Thompson


    IVETA Awards Committee 2018

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