UNESCO-UNEVOC's BILT project has the pleasure to host a webinar in partnership with the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) on the current trends in European TVET.

Anastasia Pouliou (CEDEFOP) and Jens Bjørnåvold will present the findings of a wide-ranging and in-depth study on ‘The future of vocational education and training’ (CEDEFOP, 2019-2022) to the global TVET audience. The publication of this study marks 20 years since the Copenhagen Declaration encouraging European cooperation on VET. This cooperation has sparked the development of a range of common EU-wide regional instruments (including the European Qualification Framework and VET Quality Frameworks), EU working groups, and cooperation in data collection.

This webinar will discuss a range of topics included in the study:

  • Developments in VET content and curricula
  • Changes to VET delivery models
  • New and changing assessment methods

The webinar will also address how the link between initial and continuing VET is being made. A Q&A session will invite reflections on the presented trends from TVET stakeholders in other regions.


Times are indicated in CET. The webinar will be held in English with sub-titles.

9:30 – 9:35 Welcome and opening
9:35 - 10:05 Presentation
  • Mr Jens Bjørnåvold and Ms Anastasia Pouliou (CEDEFOP), Experts in qualifications and credentials - future of VET
10:05 - 10:30 Q&A session (possible extension of the discussion until 10:45 for interested participants)


anastasiaMs Anastasia Pouliou, CEDEFOP

Anastasia Pouliou is a Cedefop Expert. Working in the Department for VET and Qualifications, she is responsible for qualifications and synergies between EU tools and learning outcomes. She has peer reviewed the study on the application of learning outcomes approaches in European countries and was the co-author of the 2017 and 2022 (second edition) of the European handbook on defining, writing and applying learning outcomes for IVET qualifications.

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Anastasia Pouliou is currently leading the research conducted under Cedefop’s project on Microcredentials for labour market education and training and the project on learning outcomes. She is involved in other Cedefop activities (including the Future of VET and the coordination of developments on national qualifications frameworks. Before joining Cedefop she worked as an educational consultant in the Ministry of Education and Religious affairs and as a head of the European Affairs Unit in the Organisation for Vocational Education and Training (Greece). She has performed senior management and national coordination on Europass and Leonardo da Vinci projects and has published articles in academic journals. She is a certified PM² project manager and has a Master's degree in education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).  

jensMr Jens Bjørnåvold

Jens Bjørnåvold has been working with European and international education, training and employment issues since 1996 and has held posts at the European Center for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) and in the European Commission. Following his retirement from his position as Senior Expert in CEDEFOP’s Brussels office end 2022, Jens Bjørnåvold is now working as researcher and consultant in several research and development projects.

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Jens Bjørnåvold has coordinated and carried out numerous research and development projects, notably on the changing role of qualifications, the development and implementation of qualifications frameworks, the conception and use of learning outcomes and the validation of non-formal and informal learning.

Jens Bjørnåvold was actively involved in the development and implementation of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) from the start in 2004. Between 2015 and 2022, he coordinated Cedefop’s research on the ‘Future of vocational education and training in Europe’.

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Presentation Future of VET - A. Pouliou J. Bjornavold