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  • 30 Aug 2015 1:26 AM | IVETA (Administrator)

    More than 700 delegates attended the World TVET Conference 2015 held in Kuching, Malaysia on 25-27 August.

    With dignitaries from Malaysia, more than 80 speakers and presenters and 50 exhibitors, the Conference had relevance for all attendees and was a great success!

    Click here for photos from the event.

  • 01 Jun 2015 9:08 AM | IVETA (Administrator)

    On 18 December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly adopted by consensus, a resolution, spearheaded by Sri Lanka, declaring 15th July as the World Youth Skills Day. Sri Lanka initiated this resolution, with the assistance of the G77 & China, to highlight at a global level, the importance of youth skills development. The goal is to achieve better socio-economic conditions for today’s youth, including as a means of addressing the challenges of unemployment and under employment. The UN Secretary - General’s Special Envoy for Youth, Mr. Ahmed Alhendawi, and his office supported this initiative from the early days, while the UN system in New York and Colombo were solidly behind it.

    Since it was first suggested in the Strategy Committee, WorldSkills International has pursued a World Skills Day but, once connections were made with the UN in New York, WorldSkills International fully supported the proposal of Sri Lanka for a World Skills Youth Day.

    For more information, click here:

  • 01 Jan 2015 8:54 PM | IVETA (Administrator)

    Ms. Carmel Thompson, IVETA President 2015-2016

    The results of the IVETA elections for 2015 completed on December 5 are as follows:

    • President Elect: Robert Mahlman – USA

    • General Secretary: Margo Couldrey – Australia

    Vice Presidents:

    • Southern Africa: Wilson K. Makulumiza-Nkhoma – Malawi

    • Eastern & Western Africa: John Ntamuhiira Twesigye – Uganda

    • East Asia & the Pacific: Lori Hocking – Australia

    • East Europe & Central Asia: Ilhan Gunbayi – Turkey (will stay on until a new Vice President is found)

    • Europe: Mari Konturri – Finland (will stay on until a new Vice President is found)

    • Latin America and the Caribbean: Nigel Forgenie – Trinidad & Tobago

    • North America: John Gaal – Missouri USA

    • Middle East & Northern Africa: Vacant

    • South Asia: Baharduin Haji Abdullah – Malaysia

    Thank you to all of those who participated in the ballot. We had a wonderful response.

    There were several matters addressed & discussed at executive meeting in Nashville and annual business meeting:

    1. Constitutional Changes put forward were overwhelmingly accepted. See the website for the new Constitution which brings our constitution and by-laws back into alignment.

    1. Adjustments to regional boundaries for Africa, South Asia and East Asia and The Pacific to provide a fairer distribution of regions so Vice Presidents can address service and liaise with members more equitably .

    1. International Conference in 2015 will take place in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia in August. Our website and regular Hotline newsletter will provide you with relevant information in the new year. You will not want to miss this exciting event. 

    1. Our website has been completely upgraded and a new addition will be an added. A page dedicated to each region.. Members and vice presidents can provide updates on what is happening in TVET in their country. We hope you will all be active in providing this information which can be shared by our members so we are all kept informed of changes and best practice examples.

    My new team (the Executive Committee) and I  will work very hard in 2015 to promote membership and provide better services so that we can all share expertise, learn and grow. This in turn will promote the virtues of vocational training in preparing national workforces and workers for the challenging times we have ahead.

    Let’s make 2015 a very successful and fulfilling year for ourselves, our institutions and our students!!

    Ms Carmel Thompson

    President 2015

  • 15 Dec 2014 8:48 PM | IVETA (Administrator)

    The IVETA Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2014 Awards.  The awards were announced at the Awards Luncheon in Nashville.  The recipients of the awards may be found by Clicking Here.   Congratulations to all the recipients.

  • 14 Dec 2014 8:49 PM | IVETA (Administrator)

    The results of the election are now complete Click Here to see the results.  The constitution change is also on the web site.  We would like to thank all of those who voted.  During the executive committee meeting, the committee made the decision to divide Africa under two Vice President's.  There are a large number of members from Africa.  This will make it easier for members to get better service.  We are now using Eastern and Western Africa and Southern Africa as the two designations.

  • 21 Nov 2014 6:11 AM | IVETA (Administrator)

    The 2014 Conference theme was "Promoting and Sustaining Effective TVET Partnerships."  Almost 40 IVETA members gathered to here presentations, learn from each other and network in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.  Almost 40 IVETA members were in attendance.

    Presentations from the Conference are available by clicking here.

    Business Meeting

    During the Business meeting, proposed changes to the constitution were approved and members heard updates from IVETA officers.

    For more information, click here.

    Click here to view photos from the event.

  • 16 Nov 2014 7:35 AM | Anonymous

    IVETA President Elect Carmel Thompson was a guest of honor in Malaysia on 31 October 2014 in appreciation for hosting the 2015 IVETA International Conference.

    The conference will take place August 25-27, Kuching, Sarawak Malaysia.

    Sarawak Skills Development Center (SSDC) and Pusat Pembongunan Kermahiran Sarawak (PPKs) announce the 2015 International IVETA Conference. 

    Conference details can be found on the conference Web site at

    The call for papers is also available on the conference web site  Deadline for Abstracts is 15 April 2015. 

  • 06 Nov 2014 1:07 PM | IVETA (Administrator)

    In order to serve members across the globe, IVETA depends on the leadership of its officers.  Please see the candidates for 2014 by clicking here for the candidates' information page.  Also on that Web page, members will be able to access the ballot (only members may vote). The deadline for ballots to be returned is Dec. 5.

    Constitutional changes, which can be viewed here, will be voted on during the IVETA Business Meeting on Nov. 19, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, during the IVETA Annual Conference.

  • 14 Sep 2014 10:53 AM | IVETA (Administrator)

    IVETA Annual Conference and Business Meeting
    Nov. 18-19, 2014  - Nashville, Tennessee, USA

    Click here for meeting details and to register

    During the Business Meeting, members present will vote on proposed IVETA Constitutional Amendments, which can be viewed by clicking here.

  • 09 Aug 2014 3:10 PM | IVETA (Administrator)

    IVETA is looking for leaders willing to serve as part of the IVETA officer team.  Officers and Regional Vice Presidents set the direction and make decisions for IVETA, as well as contribute to its growth.  Expectations include promoting membership in the officer's region and participating in meetings and discussions regarding the future of IVETA.

    The deadline for nominations is 1 September.  Election will take place by ballot late September.  Members must be in good standing in order to nominate or vote.

    If you are interested, please complete the nomination form, found by clicking here. You may nominate a colleague or yourself. 

    Please see the IVETA Bylaws (item #3) for official information on nominations.  

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