~ Innovation in Vocational and Educational Skills Training


Welcome to the INVEST Community Learning Network or CLN.

Commonwealth of Learning is working in partnership with the Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics in Africa - CAPA - to support their member institutions who are working to integrate ICT into TVET teaching and learning. This activity is called INVEST - Innovation in Vocational Education & Skills Training.

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Latest Activity



 Open Education Week

March 27-31, 2017

This is the week when special emphasis is put on Open Education to involve more practitioners and students, celebrate achievements, share knowledge, and get more people excited about the benefits of openness in education.

Call for participation is open until February 28th, 2017

Ideas about activities or events to engage in during the open education week is available here

Hashtag: #openeducationwk
Connect with fellow Open Education Week participants


Commonwealth Education Good Practice Awards 2018

Nominations and submission are invited to recognise the outstanding contribution and achievements of education professionals and bodies that have made a difference to learners’ lives through innovative education and learning for development initiatives and practices.

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We are trying to raise the profile of #flexibleTVET on Twitter. Please join me there and you are welcome to follow me @alisonmead3

Let's start tweeting about flexible TVET and tell the world what you are achieving.


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CLN Events & Workshops

Active Discussions



Dear INVEST champions,We know that COL promote  Technical, vocational and skills development course/programs that can open opportunities to many people particularly the disadvantaged groups that could enable them acquire sustainable livelihoods and…Continue

Started by Gaspary Mwanyika in Assistance Please!. Last reply by Gaspary Mwanyika Feb 7.

5 Positive Ways to Constructively Critique Employee

There inevitably comes a time when a manager has to give negative feedback. It’s inevitable. No employee is perfect. Everyone can use a little improvement. The tricky part is providing feedback in a way that doesn’t send the employee spiraling into…Continue

Started by Isaac Gachomo Wamwago in Policy Development Feb 4.

Why is development planning frequently ignored?

We tend to focus most on the here and now.   So many businesses are in a constant frenetic state of upheaval, reorganizations and trying to do more with less.   In this environment, managers naturally tend to be most focused on essential day-to-day…Continue

Started by Isaac Gachomo Wamwago in News & Articles of Interest Feb 4.

TVET in Secondary Schools

The 2016 results for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examinations indicate that Power Mechanics and Electricity were among the subjects where students performed extremely well.In Kenya, statistics indicate that the number of students pursuing…Continue

Started by Robert Okinda in Policy Development Jan 27.



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* Gender and Entrepreneurship Resource Kit, from International Labour Organization.

* Small Scale Business Management full course materials

*  Course Design for the Informal Sector workshop materials

* 3 Ways To Quickly Share Bunches of Links With Your Students

* UNESCO TVET Video about Youth Employment Opportunities. Nice clips about the types of training offered.

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