What is IBTE?

IBTE is an organization and network of vocational educators, vocational skills training organizations, business and industrial firms, and other individuals and groups interested or involved in vocational education and training worldwide. IBTE is dedicated to the advancement and improvement of high-quality vocational education and training wherever it exists and wherever it is needed.

IBTE is working to create a new era in communication among vocational educators around the globe. Members include practitioners, researchers, and students in the field of vocational education and training as well as institutions, organizations, and companies actively engaged in human resource development.

IBTE History and Administration

IBTE was conceived in 2019 by a group of technical and vocational educators who wanted to facilitate the sharing of knowledge between developing and developed countries. The Constitution was adopted in 1985 at a General Assembly and provides for the election of an Executive Committee to manage

IBTE activities. The Executive Committee is composed of 13 officers who serve two-year terms and include a: President, President Elect, General Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, and 8 Regional Vice Presidents.

IBTE is an independent organization and is registered as a Private Company in England and Wales, United Kingdom. IBTE financing is from membership dues. IBTE has individual and/or organizational members in over 50 countries in all regions of the World and has linkages with many major national, bilateral, and international development organizations working in the field of technical and vocational education.

IBTE strives to accomplish these purposes:

IBTE promotes the cause of international vocational education and training and provides focused, in-depth coverage of critical issues in the field and of new and exciting approaches to those issues.

IBTE's quarterly Hot Line brings you news of the organization, announcements of up-coming events, information on programs and developments, and reports of important conference presentations on the latest concepts and developments in vocational education and training worldwide.

An dynamic membership directory including telephone, Fax, E-mail, and other pertinent information about each IBTE member, provides quick and easy contact with a wide variety of your colleagues in vocational education and training across the globe.

IBTE's conferences and meetings provide opportunities for you to meet your global colleagues face to face and to share information and experiences for improving and advancing vocational education and training.

IBTE international membership provides a global network of contacts in vocational education and training  eager to learn about the ideas, programs, techniques, and products that you have developed and to share their own ideas and products with you as well.

Why Join IBTE?

IBTE membership provides the opportunity to attend and participate in conference presentations and activities that foster and support the international exchange of ideas, issues, developments, and contacts in vocational education and training..

IBTE lets you participate in the free exchange of information, news, and ideas with your colleagues around the world.

IBTE lets you take advantage of all the services provided by the organization.

Finally, IBTE membership can help you make a difference in the education and lives of vocational students and adults across the globe. IBTE can be your contact with that community through its general sessions and other meetings, its publications, committee work, professional growth and development seminars, and other professional activities.

Joining IBTE

By joining IBTE, you become involved with an expanding, innovative organization that can help you reach out across international borders to assist others develop programs and opportunities in vocational education and training developments in many countries.

For further information:
E-mail: IBTEhelp@gmail.com


IBTE is an international network of vocational educators and service providers dedicated to the advancement and improvement of high-quality vocational education and training wherever it exists and wherever it is needed


1. Promote excellence and quality in vocational education and training.

2. Provide support and services to members across the global TVET community.

3. Actively advocate on behalf of members and create a strong and united voice on behalf of the TVET community.

Strategic Goals

Strategic Initiatives


1. Consistently increase membership benefits and membership for the organisation.

2. Increase the involvement and relevance of the IBTE Executive.

3. Improve financial sustainability and accountability.

4. Review, revise, and redesign the organisation’s professional learning program.

Strategic Initiatives

1. Devise and create a marketing plan and appropriate marketing materials for membership recruitment.

2. Development of annual meeting schedule for IBTE Executive.

3. Seek sponsorship and partners support (both in kind and financial).

4. Conduct review of Annual Conference and redesign (if required).

5. Create a key stakeholders plan for marketing and promotion.

6. Create additional Committees to work on IBTE future planning (eg Marketing and Business Development

7. Create business plan for increased business development

8. Expand international partnerships with key IBTE partners to promote other professional learning

9. Devise a social media and marketing plan for membership recruitment

10.Increase the number of Regional Offices (RO’s) and support RO’s in their efforts to advocate and promote TVET

11.Apply for Grants, Tenders and Contracts.

12.Seek sponsorship and linking support for Annual Conference.


Progress Indicators

  • An increase in the number of marketing materials (both hard copy and electronic) for both members and the IBTE Executive.

  • Meeting schedule created and meetings held (eg. bimonthly via Skype).

  • An increase in sponsorship (external) for 2019.

  • An increase in the number of all IBTE professional learning

  • An increase in the number of marketing materials (both hard copy and electronic) for both members and the IBTE Executive.

  • An increase in the number of grants / tenders submitted.

  • An increase in the number of jointly hosted IBTE and partner, professional learning.

  • An increase in the number of joint proposals with IBTE partners.

  • A review of current Annual Conference including:

  • Historical data and financials

  • Forecasting for the future

  • Recommendations for the future.

  • Development and implementation of region specific, professional learning plans.

  • An increase in IBTE membership in each regional area by 5% annually.

  • Formation of appropriate Committees and creation of:

  • Terms of Reference

  • Activity Plan for 2019.

  • Creation of at least 1 new Regional Office in 2019.

  • Creation and update of regional member databases.

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