Promoting Innovation in TVET through Education and Industry Fairs: Lessons from Germany

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) plays a vital role in equipping individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in today's workforce.

Education fairs, such as Didacta (the education trade fair) in Germany, provide a valuable platform for promoting innovation and development in the field of TVET. These fairs offer an opportunity for all stakeholders, including trainers, teachers, students, training providers, crafts chambers, and industry representatives, to learn, connect, and improve their practice.

For vocational trainers and teachers, education fairs provide a platform to learn about new trends and developments in the field of TVET. They can gain exposure to new training technologies, teaching methods, and educational resources that can help to improve the quality and effectiveness of their teaching and problem-based learning techniques. They can also connect with other educators and trainers, share their knowledge and experience, and learn from best practices in the field. However, it is also important for them to familiarize themselves with other training and learning platforms or the latest technologies in other fairs and industrial exhibitions to gain a holistic understanding of the TVET field and stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the manufacturing and servicing sectors.

For students, education fairs offer an opportunity to learn about different educational and vocational programs and explore different career options. They can also be exposed to new technologies and resources, which can help prepare them for the workforce. This can lead to increased employability and better job prospects for students. Similarly, it's also beneficial for them to visit other industrial fairs to familiarize themselves with the latest technologies and learning platforms that are relevant to their field of study and to get an idea about the current trends and developments in the industries. This can help them to make more informed decisions about their career paths and to gain a competitive edge in the job market.

Industry representatives can also benefit from education fairs as they provide a platform to showcase their training products and services and to connect with educators and trainers who are interested in using them. They can learn about the latest developments and innovations in TVET and stay competitive in the industry. This can lead to better-trained employees and increased productivity in the industry.

In Germany, the government and vocational schools support TVET trainers and students to attend education fairs through various initiatives and programs, partnerships with local businesses and industries, and organizing their trips to the fair. This is a best practice that international development agencies in the field of TVET could consider helping developing countries create similar mechanisms for institutional strengthening programs to support students and trainers in visiting these fairs and strengthening the capacity of all involved stakeholders.

From another perspective, international development agencies play a key role in supporting the field of TVET by providing funding, technical assistance, and expertise. Education fairs, as well as other industrial fairs, provide a valuable opportunity for these agencies to learn about new trends and developments in the field, connect with key stakeholders and explore potential areas for collaboration and support.

In conclusion, education and other industrial fairs are valuable tools for promoting innovation and development in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training field. They provide an invaluable opportunity for all stakeholders to learn, connect, and improve their practice. It is crucial to encourage decision-makers to organize these fairs in their countries and to communicate effectively with all stakeholders to attract a more significant number of all the appropriate and relevant stakeholders and professional visitors and maximize the benefits of these fairs.Climate change is a major global challenge, and addressing it will require the efforts of individuals and organizations around the world.

  • Author: Amir Radfar, TVET Quality Assurance and Greening TVET Consultant

Source: (communication platform), revised by iMOVE, May 2023