~ 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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March 2017 Issue of the Connections Magazine is out!

Click here for a copy of the magazine.


COL-UNESCO book titled Using ICTs and Blended Learning in Transforming TVET is now available here.

This publication presents a series of case studies discussing the role and use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and blended learning in transforming Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).   

There is a chapter in the Book on INVEST Africa by Shafika Isaacs.


There is a call for participation to Young Creative Entrepreneurs and Innovators (15 - 35 Years of Age) at the global online2017 Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition

Winners will receive free online training at the Entrepreneurship Campus and support from the global online community.

Deadline for the submission of entries is 31 July 2017!


Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are are available for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries.

Click here to apply


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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janeportifolio 2 Replies

Am appppreciating the suppport we are receivng as we prepare for the is rkshop. I have gone through module 1 and module 2 and ressponded t activity 2.1 and 2.2.. Longing for the day

Started by JANE KINYUTU in Flexible Skills Development. Last reply by Jan Deurwaarder yesterday.

TVET for Long life learning

TVET is introduced in Southern Sudan since 1969 under Ministry of Labor, Public Service and Human Resource Development/ Sudan Government.The newly independent country from Sudan [South Sudan] now has five TVET centers and preparing for long life…Continue

Started by Samuel Imma Romano in Assistance Please! May 18.

21st century competencies: Do you know them?

Hi educators,TVET is now turning to competency based kind of training and the question is are we aware of the 21st century competencies?  Feel free to discuss what you know about them here.CheersContinue

Started by Nancy Chege in Assistance Please! May 15.

The future of youth employment - formal or informal? 11 Replies

"The size of the youth bulge in Africa and the current structure of the economy mean that the majority of this generation’s workers will remain in the informal sector for the duration of their working lives.""...over the next 10 years, at best only…Continue

Tags: employment, youth

Started by Alison in News & Articles of Interest. Last reply by Gaspary Mwanyika May 8.



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