NC supports the creation of an online training platform for TVET providers

This article was published on: September 29th, 2022

Niagara College has left its mark on a new online training platform (watch video demonstration above) in support of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training and the UNEVOC Network.

Through a collaboration between NC’s Global Engagement team and NC’s School of Business and Management, the College completed a seven-month project this past July entitled “UNESCO-UNEVOC Toolkits for TVET Providers – Creating an Online Platform of Information.”

Prior to the project, no online platform existed to guide Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) providers in locating toolkits that best suit their needs. This project sought to support filling this gap for TVET providers and to provide guidance to UNESCO-UNEVOC in creating one online platform that brings together different ‘toolkits.’

Barbara Smith, Professor in the School of Business and Management, expressed that she had a wonderful experience contributing to the project and explained how the team brought a diverse background of knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to the task.

“Our goal was to create an online repository for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions and stakeholders with access to online toolkits that provide guidance in various thematic areas such as equity and inclusion, digitization, industry partnerships etc., as well as align them to UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals,” said Smith.

To support this goal, Niagara College led the research process and was tasked with making recommendations related to the typology and web-based presentation of the platform.

“My interests and skills in digitally-enhanced curriculum and resource development were further expanded by researching and cataloguing a myriad of toolkits available online through UNESCO-UNEVOC partners,” added Smith.

Smith explained how she was able to explore hundreds of tools used to build quality education and improve learning outcomes. “Many of these tools such as assessments, case studies, best practices, templates, and research reports influenced new teaching and learning strategies in my own courses. I invite all educators to check out the repository,” she said.

This project had three main objectives: to build capacity of TVET providers, to promote UNEVOC as a TVET toolkit ‘reference point’ for TVET providers, and to support cooperation in TVET toolkit definition, method, and data collection.

To encourage open dialogue about the project, NC included a discussion thread on the TVET Forum when the platform went live to gather feedback over a three-to-five-day period after the platform launched. The feedback was positive and included comments about the usefulness of the resources.

Supporting this online platform demonstrates Niagara College’s commitment to the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG number 4- Quality Education as well as SDG number 11- Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Niagara College continues to build a thriving relationship with UNESCO-UNEVOC through continued engagement and support. The College is currently supporting another UNESCO-UNEVOC project – “UNESCO-UNEVOC Career Guidance for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)- Related Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Careers” – that is expected to be completed December 2022. The 12-month project aims to support the delivery of career guidance services post-COVID-19 by building the capacities of participating TVET institutions’ staff, focusing on careers for young women and STEM-related TVET.

As one of Canada’s leading global college, Niagara College has successfully completed more than 100 capacity building and training projects over the past 20 years in more than 25 countries, including Barbados, Bhutan, Chile, Colombia, Grenada, Jamaica, Malawi, Mexico, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Vietnam. For more information on Global Education and Partnerships and how to get involved, visit ncglobal.ca.