The internationalization area of ​​TKNIKA deals with:

  • Directing the strategy and internationalization activities of TKNIKA.
  • Directing the internationalization strategy and activities of the Vocational Training centers.

Specifically, the activities of the internationalization area are developed in three levels of action:

  1. Local level, in relation to the students, teachers, centers, companies and institutions of Euskadi, trying to create a culture of internationalization, where collaboration prevails and we can talk about an integrated internationalization system.
  2. European level, with the surrounding nations that are interested, like ours, in collaborating and doing projects in the field of VET to create and capture knowledge that improves their performance.
  3. Global level, to third countries in America, Asia, or Africa, with the intention of transferring knowledge and experiences originated here.


The Internationalization activities of the Basque Vocational Training system:

  • Establish international exchange programs for teachers, favoring the exchange of good practices.
  • Establish international student exchange programs, favoring the exchange of good practices.
  • Encourage active participation in the main international networks of Vocational Training that provide knowledge and exchange of experiences.
  • They promote research projects at international level, within the framework of international research and innovation programs linked to Vocational Training.

They also aim to:

  • Promote the offer of training activities in other countries, and promoting training activities abroad with companies.
  • Promote cooperation with other regions or countries in the processes of implementation and design of their Vocational Training system.

Internationalisation System of Euskadi's Vocational Education and Training

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Erasmus Mobility Programmes+ Students

They are carried out by the Vocational Education and Training centers and directors associations.

Teacher mobilities

As part of the monitoring process, teachers make short stays through the Erasmus + teacher  mobility grants.

Tknika has begun to participate in the Higher Education mobility program between program countries and partners (KA107), to promote cooperation with organizations in Australia and Hong Kong in the current call.

Ikaslan, Association of directors and directors of public VET centers, and the VET centers themselves apply to mobility calls and manage student mobility and teaching scholarships in the Basque Autonomous Community.

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Participation in International Projects

We actively participate in different projects financed by the European Union or by different international entities.

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Training and support

The internationalization area of ​​Tknika provides a support and monitoring service to the Vocational Training Centers of the Basque Country.

The area supports the centers through:

  • Delivery of training courses
  • Advice tailored to the needs of each center
  • Organization of dissemination events of European projects
  • Organization of Tknika open days

The internationalization area of ​​Tknika carries out an exhaustive follow-up of the internationalization activities of the centers of the Basque Country in order to be able to disseminate their work.

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Relationship with Third Countries

We are collaborating with organisations in Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Salvador, etc., in developing improvement policies for their Vocational Education and Training systems. Moreover, we are establishing new contacts in Namibia and India, which will lead to new agreements and collaboration projects.

The collaborative dynamic is still in force with Minnesota (USA), North Ireland, Australia, Canada, Turkey and with most European countries in different fields of applied innovation.

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International Network Management

  • WFCP – Tknika is a member of the Steering Committee of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics, WFCP, where we lead an applied research group that includes Australia, Canada, USA, Brazil, China, UK and Euskadi.
  • TA3 – We are members of the European Executive Committee for the TA3 Network, Trans-Atlantic Technology and Training Alliance, which includes organisations from USA and Europe.
  • EfVET – We actively participate in the EfVET Network, the European Forum of Vocational Education and Training, where we coordinate the Thematic Group on Internationalisation.
  • Chain 5 – We regularly participate in Chain 5, the Community of Practices for EQF Level 5 in Europe.
  • Unevoc – Since 2017, Tknika has been a centre in the UNESCO-UNEVOC Network, where we coordinate the Industry 4.0 group inside the European cluster and participate in youth employment and skills development, Greening TVET, ICT in TVET, and Gender equality groups.
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Internationalisation in the Region


The priority pillar of the programme is to reinforce, cross-border integration, highlighting the complementary aspects in the fields of economic activities, innovation and human capital.

Projects and Services


How can VET teachers introduce virtual reality in their teaching to improve students' learning output, and then model best practise to be shared with more VET teachers?

EXAM 4.0

Excellent Advanced Manufacturing 4.0
The Excellent Advanced Manufacturing 4.0 - EXAM 4.0 project aims at setting up five European regional Skills Ecosystems that bring together VET/HVET centres, companies, policy makers and the individual (student, learner, job seeker…) in order to identify and define future skills needs in the Advanced Manufacturing (AM onwards) sector


BILT - Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET
The ambition of the BILT project is to enable exchange of experiences and peer learning across the UNEVOC Network in the thematic areas of greening, digitalization/industry 4.0, entrepreneurship and migration. A fifth work stream addresses how new qualifications and competencies find their way into practice.


Development of cross-border training to facilitate insertion in the Euro-regional labor market

UNEVOC i-hubs

Innovating Technical and Vocational Education and Training
What is the i-hub?
The initiative is an exercise in co-development and its long term objective is to maximize the innovation potential of TVET institutions as drivers of employability, economic growth and inclusive social development.

Team We

Team Teaching in Welfare Technology
The project involves teachers and students from different fields of education (social and health care, it, electrical/mechanical engineering) in earning / teaching new methodologies and implementing them to solve (cross-curricular) real life problems/challenges provided by companies in the welfare field.

Bridge +

Building up Regional Initiatives to Develop skills-based Guidance
The main goal of this project is to tackle skills mismatches between demands of the world of work and competences of employees or canditates. With the help of ICT tools, relevant skills and competences shall be made visible in the direction of both companies and individuals, and be accessible for career guidance officers.


Competent Mentors Assure Competent Apprentices
Our Mission
Our mission is to train and equip mentors in SMEs to provide quality apprenticeships.

Our Vision
Our vision is that improving the competence of mentors will translate in increased apprenticeship placement offers by SMEs, improved apprenticeships’ quality and better learning outcomes of apprentices.


Implementing the CLIL (content and language integrated learning) methodology in the VET curricula.

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