International Vocational Education and Training Association


  • 14 Feb 2017 3:23 PM | IVETA (Administrator)


    (Previoulsy the Professional Microgrant Program)
    The IVETA TIIF was started in 2002 to assist individual IVETA members from developing countries to experiment, adapt, and develop new approaches in VET.  The results are disseminated to the international VET Community. The PMGP is financed from grants provided by Members and from you IVETA dues.  Click here for the proposal application and more information.
  • 15 Dec 2016 6:56 AM | IVETA (Administrator)

    I'd like to begin by thanking the membership for your vote and for the honor you have bestowed on me by electing me President of IVETA for 2017-2018.   I hope to return the favor by continuing the positive atmosphere and productive work environment we've experienced under the leadership provided by Carmel Thompson, our immediate past President.

    As we begin the new year, it's important to keep our strategic goals in focus:
    •    Consistently increase membership benefits and membership for the organization.
    •    Increase the involvement and relevance of the IVETA Executive.
    •    Improve financial sustainability and accountability.
    •    Review, revise, and redesign the organization's professional learning program.

    (the Strategic Plan can be found at
    We will continue to keep these goals, the strategic initiatives, and the progress indicators as a guide to our work in the coming years.
    This has been a very active year for the IVETA Executive Committee with an enormous amount of work being accomplished, much of it behind the scenes.  Our new quarterly Executive Committee Skype meetings have afforded us the opportunity to work more effectively, refining processes and procedures for the benefit of the organization.  I'd like to mention special thanks to those on the Executive Committee who have worked especially hard to structure our new documents, including our Executive Secretariat Christine Gardner, General Secretary Margo Couldrey, Executive Director Mari Kontturi, and of course our Past President Carmel Thompson.  I have the distinct advantage of starting this two-year term with a streamlined constitution and bylaws, a more effective system for reviewing and establishing regional offices and other partnerships, a refined application for the TVET Innovation and Improvement Fund (TIIF, previously the Microgrant) and a renewed focus on a more effective business model to keep the organization solvent and growing.
    While we are well on our way in addressing our strategic goals, there are numerous tasks that remain to be accomplished to keep the forward momentum.  In her 2016 in review, Carmel Thompson recently summarized some of the challenges moving forward.  I'd like to highlight a few areas to focus our efforts for the forthcoming two-year period:
    •    Identifying membership needs and increasing member benefits
    •    Increasing the size and diversity of our membership
    •    Keeping the website current and active
    •    Opening more regional offices, appointing Liaison Officers, and providing more active support
    •    Encouraging more active involvement among the Officers as well as the membership in general
    •    Further revision and refinement of the conference business model and associated documents
    •    Planning for 2018 and 2019 conferences
    In the last few years we've accomplished our work through the effective use of subcommittees and task forces consisting of small numbers of Executive Committee members.  Building on that model, I'd like to see greater use of tasks forces, with active involvement by not only all Executive Committee members, but also from the membership at large.  Over time, we will be announcing the formation of task forces and issuing calls for volunteers.  Joining one or more of these committees or task forces will be a great way to increase your connection to and service to the organization, expand your IVETA network, and to begin your ascendency into the next level of IVETA leadership.  Your contribution to this effort promises to be greatly appreciated by the membership, and personally rewarding for yourself.
    I recently attended the Association for Career Technical Education (ACTE) conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.  This year we embedded the IVETA conference as at IVETA track within the overall larger conference.  We had five dedicated international sessions within the conference. This is the approach that was taken by IVETA in the early days of the organization.  The advantage to this approach is that it affords the opportunity for the IVETA membership to attend among the multitude of additional sessions offered at the ACTE conference.  The ACTE conference, by the way, had over 4,500 attendees, hundreds of sessions, and an enormous number of vendors to visit.  By way of disadvantage, our international attendance in the IVETA sessions was fairly low, and it did not give us the opportunity to meet as an organization.  The presentations we did have, however, were very good.  Thanks to all of those who attended and especially to those who presented.  Our presentation topics and presenters included the following:
    TVET in Developing Countries
    o    David Fretwell
    TVET in the 21st Century
    o    John Gaal
    o    Sandra Poirier and Mary Ann Remsen
    TVET and the Impact of IT
    o    Ilhan Gunbayi
    TVET and preparing global educators
    o    Vera Jacobson-Lundeberg
    o    Christina Terrell
    TVET and preparing for future skills
    o    Davison Mupinga and Maria Phillips
    o    Winston Fletcher
    This year's IVETA International Conference is scheduled for 13 - 14 September, 2017, in Queenstown New Zealand.  The venue is the Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, with some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. Queenstown is widely known as the Adventure Capital in New Zealand.  The conference website is  Please bookmark this website.  You'll surely want to make it to this conference.  The call for presentation proposals is open until 28 February 2017.  We strongly encourage our IVETA membership to submit proposals.  For submission information, visit
    For conferences beyond September in Queenstown New Zealand, some preliminary discussions have begun, but we are still open for proposals for the 2018 International Conference.    As well, the Executive Committee will be discussing other options for the annual conference held in the United States of America.  Stay tuned.  For further information, contact your Regional Vice President or myself.  Speaking of regions, as always IVETA is strongly supportive of regional IVETA conferences.  Many have been held in previous years, but it seems fewer in recent years.  However in 2016 there was a successful gathering among the European membership.
    Finally, this has been a transition year for the IVETA Journal.  We apologize for the tardiness on getting this journal out to you.  The editorship for the journal has transitioned from Dr. Davison Mupinga at Kent State University in Ohio to Dr. Robert Clark and Dr. Liz Richard from the Centre for Professional Development for Career and Technical Education at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, USA.  I'd like to thank Dr. Mupinga for his many years of service editing the journal, and thank Drs. Clark and Richard for taking-on the responsibility.  The journal website is  We expect to release the next issue of the International Journal of Vocational Education and Training in late January or early February, 2017. 
    Thank you everyone for your ongoing and continuing support of IVETA.  I look forward to seeing this vibrant organization continue to grow and continue to contribute to the field of Technical Vocational Education and Training.
    With warm regards,
    Bob Mahlman
    President, IVETA, 2017-2018

  • 14 Dec 2016 12:57 PM | IVETA (Administrator)

    By the time you receive this Hotline it will be the New Year and I will be in my new position of Immediate Past President on the IVETA Executive Committee.  The two year Presidency term has flown by so quickly but when I reflect on what has been achieved I am so grateful to you all for allowing me to represent you at international forums.  I have learnt so much and met so many wonderful new friends.  Our industry is indeed an industry of champions and although sometimes we have to go through tough times what the IVETA family has shown me is that if we work together we can achieve much.

    I particularly want to thank my Executive Committee who have generously given their time and expertise to grow our organisation in profile and reputation. 

    I would also like to welcome  Bob Mahlman to the position of President of IVETA for 2017/2018 and trust you will all support him as you have me over the next 2 years.  Bob will bring his own unique style of leadership to our organisation as other Past Presidents have and he has my full support.

    Carmel Thompson
    Immediate Past President  

  • 13 Dec 2016 9:03 AM | IVETA (Administrator)


    (Previoulsy the Professional Microgrant Program)
    The IVETA TIIF was started in 2002 to assist individual IVETA members from developing countries to experiment, adapt, and develop new approaches in VET.  The results are disseminated to the international VET Community. The PMGP is financed from grants provided by Members and from you IVETA dues.  Click here for the proposal application and more information.
  • 13 Oct 2016 6:47 AM | IVETA (Administrator)

    2016 has been another eventful year for IVETA.  We continue to grow in membership and profile and our international conferences are attracting interest and participation from organisations and delegates from new areas/countries who are now realising that TVET is important in order to train and/or upskill their local workforce so that they can be globally competitive.

    The success of our International Conference in Kuching in 2015, although not producing a large number of new memberships, none the less did raise our profile in the region through the high status and profiles of the presenters and the networking opportunities.  This year’s conference in Fiji will enhance our position with a large number of international presenters and participants in attendance, followed by the 2017  New Zealand Conference in Queenstown  which has already been heavily promoted  through our Hosts who are the New Zealand Association of Private Providers -ITENZ.

    IVETA is achieving a much higher recognition status with organisations such as UNESCO who recognise our membership comes from over 52 countries and as such we are a credible organisation.  I was invited to attended a UNESCO Forum in Shenzen, China in May as the President of IVETA and shown a great deal of respect.  China is interested in joining our organisation and they have put in an application to set up a Regional Office in Jinhua Polytechnic, Zhejiang Province   and also there is the possibility of hosting an international conference in 2018.

    Our Achievements during the year:

    • 1.     We have implemented a much better communication process with the Executive Committee who meet quarterly via skype and in person when the opportunity presents. We also have greater participation and engagement from our EC by setting up smaller sub committees who work on projects and come back to the full Executive Board for endorsement.
    • 2.     Our Vice Presidents are also providing regular reports from their region so we can gauge the needs of our members and rise our profile.
    • 3.     Opening up Regional Offices in Nigeria, UK and applications currently in from Sydney, Australia and China.
    • 4.     The appointment of our new Executive Director (with a legal background) working in co-operation with our General Secretary and President Elect to review and update the By Laws and Constitution have been finalised after a lot of hard work from that sub committee.  The updated documents have been signed off by the Executive Committee to cover us for future growth.
    • 5.     As we move to a business model to raise funds to provide greater member services in the future we recognised that our main business initiative and opportunity at the moment are the international conferences.  If we want to receive revenue by co-hosting these events then we need further revamp of our Conference Agreement which was undertaken and completed by the sub-committee of Executive Director, General Secretary and President Elect.


    Challenges Moving Forward:                                   

    • 1.     Identifying membership needs and services
    • 2.     Keeping our website current and active
    • 3.     Opening up more Regional Offices and providing active support (to be identified).
    • 4.     Appointing Liaison Officers in more countries to support Vice Presidents and Regional Offices and activities
    • 5.     Continuing to liaise with China for 2018 International Conference
    • 6.     Revisit Micro Grants and see how we can encourage applications or change criteria
    • 7.     Further revision of Conference Model Business document
    • 8.     Other business opportunities
    • 9.     How can we keep our outgoing Executive Committee members after they have completed their term of office?

    Although we have achieved much this year we can see there is still a lot of work to be done to keep the momentum going.  We have an active team who respect each other and work hard to support the profile and interests of IVETA.   

    Ms Carmel THOMPSON

    President, IVETA

  • 21 Sep 2016 7:31 AM | IVETA (Administrator)

    Fiji International Conference Follow Up

    Almost 200 ddelegates from around the globe convened in Suva, Fiji, for an outstanding conference hosted by Fiji National University. The conference included tours of FNU, social events and outstanding keynote and breakout presentations.

    Download presentations and more conference follow up by clicking here.

    IVETA President Carmel Thompson addresses the delegates in this picture.

    See more pictures from the Conference - click here.

  • 30 Aug 2016 6:33 AM | IVETA (Administrator)

    IVETA Election ballot results are as follows:

    ·       President Elect: Baha Abdullah from Malaysia
    ·       Vice President, Eastern and Western Africa: Shirley Ayonmike Chinyere from Nigeria
    ·       Vice President East Asia and the Pacific: Javier Amaro from Australia
    ·       Vice President East Europe and Central Asia: Hakan Kahramaner from Turkey
    ·       Vice President Europe: Dr Brenden Tempest-Mogg from the United Kingdom
    ·       Vice President Latin America and the Caribbean: Nigel Forgenie from Trinidad and Tobago
    ·       Vice President Middle East and North Africa: Jaafar Abdulla from Bahrain
    ·       Vice President North America: Dr John Gaal from the USA
    ·       Vice President Southern Africa: Dr Ndione Chauluka from Malawi
    ·       Vice President South Asia: Dr P T Rajan
    ·       General Secretary: Margo Couldrey from Australia  

    Terms begin Jan. 1, 2017 for the elected Executives.

    For more information on the newly elected officers, click here.

    Nominations Chair: Olga Oleynikova, IVETA Past President and Nominations Chair.

  • 08 Aug 2016 8:10 AM | IVETA (Administrator)

    International Vocational Education and Training Association (IVETA)

    Annual Business Meeting Monday 22 August 2016

    Time: 4pm to 5.30pm

    Venue: Tiri Conference Hall, Fiji National University, Suva Fiji

    IVETA will hold its Annual Members Meeting in conjunction with the International Conference in Fiji.  The meeting will take place Monday, 22 August at 4:00 - 5:30 pm, in the FNU Tiri Conference Hall.

    Members who can’t attend  are welcome to make any comments to be considered and t draft meeting outcomes will be made available on the website after the meeting.

    Access the Meeting Agenda by clicking here.

    For more information and to register for the Fiji Conference, visit

  • 19 Jun 2016 9:27 AM | IVETA (Administrator)

    The IVETA Executive has recently reviewed the IVETA Constitution and bylaws. Over time the documents which are very important because they govern the way IVETA is run, had become large and detailed and many aspects of the Constitution were duplicated in the bylaws.

    The amendments are based on model Constitutions and bylaws from organisations in the USA where IVETA is incorporated as a non-profit organisation.

    The current Constitution requires that amendments may be made by a two thirds vote of Association members present at the Association’s annual business meeting which is to be held in August during the international conference in Fiji (The conference is from 23 to 25 August and the time of the annual business meeting is yet to be finalised but is likely to be on 22 August).

    The Constitution also requires that members are provided with proposed amendments at least 60 days before the annual business meeting in order for members to have plenty of time to consider them.

    The revised Constitution and bylaws are accessible by clicking here for your consideration and voting at the annual business meeting. If you wish to compare the proposed Constitution to the current version you can find the current version on the IVETA website here

    If you are unable to attend the annual business meeting in Fiji and have any comments on the proposed Constitution and bylaws you can send comments by email to one of the members of the IVETA subcommittee who undertook the review. Please send comments to Margo Couldrey at

    Any comments will be provided to members at the annual business meeting prior to the vote on the amendments.


    Margo Couldrey, IVETA General Secretary

  • 19 Jun 2016 7:34 AM | IVETA (Administrator)

    Dear Colleagues,

    We inform you that this year Non-commercial Joint Stock Company ‘Holding ‘Kasipkor’ continues developing educational programs in technical and vocational education and training.

    NC JSC ‘Holding ‘Kasipkor’ is a leading organization in Kazakhstan in TVET field. To this day we developed 45 educational programs with experts from SAIT Polytechnic (Canada), Pearson Education (UK), TAFE (Australia), GIZ (Germany), TVET UK (UK), LD DIDACTIC (Germany). These programs are based on modular-competence approach and cover several education levels (working qualifications, mid-level specialists, applied bachelors).

    This year we plan to develop TVET educational programs by next 8 technical specialties:

    1)   Maintenance and repair of telecommunications equipment and household appliances;

    2)   Production of canned food and food concentrates;

    3)   Standardization, metrology and certification;

    4)    Automation and control;

    5)    Production of concrete and metal products;

    6)    Furniture manufacturing;

    7)    Farming;

    8)    Electrification and Automation of Agriculture.


    To the development of educational programs we plan to involve competent foreign experts. Selection process consists of 2 consecutive stages:

    1) selection of competent organizations;

    2) selection of experts.

    Note: competent experts with more than 5 years experience in well-known international or foreign TVET organization can apply to our selection process and right to participate in the 2nd stage of selection process.

    We are very flexible here. I mean, we may sign a contract with EXPERT (directly) or COMPANY (that provides competent expert).

    However, in both cases we have budget restrictions – 5 546 418 KZT (maximum). The allocated budget includes air tickets, transportation and etc. During the project we expect to organize a couple of meetings with foreign experts here in Kazakhstan within our contract.


    Please, share this message with your friends who are competent and have huge experience in development of TVET educational programs.

    Note: 1 expert may apply to 1 or 2 (max) specialties. We also need the form for the experts.


    At this stage, please, fill the forms and send the scanned copies.

    If you have any questions, please, welcome!


    Kind regards

    Yernar Mynzhanov

    Academic management department

    NC JSC ‘Holding ‘Kasipkor’


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