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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 is the industry's expert skills partner and granting organisation. We are dedicated to making investments in the fields that we serve as well as the professional lives of those who find employment in those fields. We have developed an unrivalled expertise and understanding of the abilities that employers require as a result of our industry alliances and years of experience supporting the main areas in which we operate. As a consequence of this, companies value the skills solutions and qualifications offered by IBTE, and they choose to use them so that they can provide our learners with actual career benefits.

Collaborating with one another is the most important part of what we do. We are able to provide solutions for credentials and abilities that are tailored to the requirements of our industries as a result of our long-term collaborations with various businesses, professional organisations, and our parent organisation, Enginuity. Our students receive an extra benefit from this, as well as a foundation for their future jobs in industry.

By utilising our External Quality Assurance Service, we are able to collaborate closely with our recognised Centres in order to uphold the highest possible standards in the delivery of training and credentials. Employers receive a service with additional value as well as the certainty that their learners will meet the criteria set by their industry when they use this methodology. Our Centres are also able to rely on their designated IBTE External Quality Assurer (EQA) as a reliable partner who can provide them with professional help and direction.


Over the past decade, there have been 1.3 million people in the United Kingdom who have pursued an (IBTE) qualification at one of the country's many schools, academies, university technical colleges (UTCs), colleges, universities, private training facilities, or workplaces. More than tens of thousands of workers in the sector have benefitted from customised IBTE solutions, which were developed specifically for businesses to recognise the accomplishments of their personnel.

Because of our extensive knowledge of the industry, unwavering dedication to providing high-quality services, and unparalleled customer support, thousands of businesses, ranging in size from blue chips and household names to small and micro businesses, have chosen to use IBTE services to help their employees improve their skill sets.

1. Quality-check the delivery and evaluation... Offering unmatched assistance and knowledge to our recognised Centers through our External Quality Assurance Service, we build on the strengths of our Centers to meet industry standards and excellence in vocational learning.
By offering thorough, high-quality support materials, you may lessen the operational strain and promote best practise.
make sure that registration services and assessments are offered in a flexible manner, both online and offline, to accommodate a range of needs.
Specifically through our cutting-edge Smarter Touch interface, we invest in quick, dependable technology to help with quality assurance and Center operations.

2. Create credentials

that satisfy the present and foreseeable skill requirements of learners and employers in our main industry sectors.
Analyze employer demand using data from the labour market and match our credentials to National Occupational Standards
Employer focus groups and industry dialogues are used to continuously improve the focus and substance of qualifications. Through our Industry Support Programme, we also invest in creating and maintaining sector-specific credentials.
working closely with the apprenticeship Trailblazer development teams in the fields of aerospace, automotive, electrotechnical, and rail to ensure that learners and employers can access rigorous, high-quality credentials.


3. Stand in for employers

... ensuring that employers' opinions on policies affecting vocational credentials are heard in our core industries.

inform decision-makers and opinion leaders about skill-related challenges
communicate the effects of policy change on the delivery of qualifications and skill development through participating in professional forums and industry interest groups
organise roundtable discussions and policy workshops to promote debate on important subjects
As the All Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships' primary sponsor, speak for businesses on important topics pertaining to apprenticeships (APPG).


4. Award certificates to each learner who completes a qualification; issue nationally recognised certificates; provide a summary of unit accomplishments to support learner progression; and provide the "EAL Qualified" logo for successful learners to use in showcasing their abilities to potential employers and clients.


5. Obtain certification from the regulatory bodies, as well as approval for apprenticeships and funding; secure the support of companies and industry organisations; and satisfy regulatory criteria in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.


6. Promote qualifications by raising business and learner awareness of their value; work with centres to support their growth; increase employer awareness and encourage qualification uptake; and pique the interest of prospective students, their parents, and other influential parties in the sector's careers.

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.

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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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