Excellence - skillman partnership

Between 2019 and 2020 the concept of Centres of Vocational excellence has been at the heart of the international debate on human capital development. Several political actors and international organisations have been active in the development of conceptual models and operational initiative building on the role of Centres of Vocational excellence as hubs for reform and innovation.

Among these two initiatives have put the focus on the concept of Partnership and international cooperation:

-    The ETF Network for Excellence (ENE), set up to facilitate exchange of practices among ETF partner countries and EU member states.  

-    The Skillman Global CoVEs (SGC) a transnational platform joined at the beginning of 2020 by the Italian Ministry of Education, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Digital, Economic Affairs and by several regional-authorities and -governments and recently associated to the Asian Development Bank.

The ETF – Skillman cooperation is a sub-initiative of the ETF Network for Excellence, which has been set up to exploit the strong complementarity between ENE and Skillman network. The cooperation aims to tap on the Networks that both sides have developed and the expertise they can mobilise in different fields. Through this cooperation, the two sides strengthen their support to the development of CoVEs in partner countries and beyond. As the two sides have already in place mechanisms to deliver their actions, the objective is to cooperate in some of these actions so that expertise is shared, and learning and cooperation opportunities for the members of the two networks are created.

For 2020-21, ETF and Skillman have identified three thematic areas for active cooperation:

-    Work Based Learning

-    Teacher Training

-    Digital and Online Learning

For each of these a coherent set of four webinars have been planned targeting specific aspects of the thematic area. ETF and Skillman work together to shape the content of the webinars, identify cases of best practice to be presented and facilitate the discussion. All members of the ENE and Skillman network are invited to benefit from these opportunities for sharing experience and expertise.


As additional output of the cooperation the ETF will draft a policy brief on the development of digital and online learning in partner countries, building on the ETF expertise and the lessons learnt through the cooperation with Skillman on this topic.