Internationalisation activity begins locally, in the relationship between students, teachers, VET centres, companies and institutions in Euskadi, in an attempt to create a Culture of Internationalisation, where collaboration is priority. Just like we do with training, innovation and entrepreneurship, we would like to talk about having an Integrated System of Internationalisation.

Then, it moves forward all over Europe, with surrounding nations which are interested, such as we are, in collaborating and conducting VET projects to create and gain knowledge which improves our performance.

Finally, it goes global, to third countries in America, Asia and Africa, aiming to transfer knowledge and experiences generated here.


To improve the Culture of Internationalisation, based on experiences from previous years, we are progressing on the Road Map that take us from an initial phase, where we work on language skills (multilingual VET), intercultural skills and specific skills (themes, management, communication), to a basic elemental phase where student and teacher mobility is managed, along with contacts and visits from foreign organisations.

We thus reach an advanced phase of participation and coordination in European projects. This falls under coverage of the Erasmus+ Programme, where we contribute to the creation of knowledge in different VET fields: skills, innovation, creativity, Dual VET, etc., with the aim of reaching an expert phase. At this point, we position ourselves as professionals in generating proposals and managing projects, as speakers at conferences and workshops and as internationalisation trainers and advisers at local, European and global level.

So, the final purpose is to become a benchmark in the generation of ideas, suggestions and initiatives, till becoming an organisation of excellence, a leader in the transformation processes, just because we generate changes and proposals to improve VET, and just because we make things happen.

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.

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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

VET Centres

For all VET centres interested in the internationalisation of VET, Tknika has a training and support service. With it, management teams and those in charge of internationalisation at the centres receive support and guidance to begin with the internationalisation processes.


With companies, when they show interest in collaborating with Tknika, we attempt to reach agreements so that, based on them, actions that benefit companies can be displayed.

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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

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.


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

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