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| How the ASEAN TVET Council works

The council's mission is to improve the quality and relevance of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in the ASEAN region through intensifying convergence among ASEAN Member States (AMS) on TVET and workforce development efforts with a view to developing a world-class ASEAN labour force responsive to the rapidly changing needs of the labour market.

The council consists of representatives of ASEAN Member States from the economic, education, and labour sectors, business and industry sectors; and other relevant stakeholders. Each AMS appoints TVET focal points at senior official level which may include representatives from national TVET councils.

Meet The ATC Members:


The Council meets at least once a year. The annual meeting is hosted and funded by the Chair in the first year of its two-year term and by the ASEAN Secretariat in the second year. The Council may convene additional meetings as necessary, where hosting of an additional meeting shall be on a voluntary basis. The meetings are convened on a cost-sharing basis whereby the organizational costs are borne by the host while the participation costs shall be borne by the respective AMS.

The Council coordinates and collaborates with relevant ASEAN sectoral bodies, such as the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF) Committee and the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (ACC-MSME), to facilitate a coherent approach.

The Council promotes dialogue and partnerships with other stakeholders for consultation sessions in the annual meetings of the Council. They include, but are not restricted to, the following: ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC); SEAMEO SEA-TVET Consortium; SEAMEO Regional Centre for Technical and Vocational Education (SEAMEO VOCTECH); and SEAMEO Regional Centre for Technical Education Development (SEAMEO TED); and ASEAN Service Employees Trade Union Council (ASETUC).

Decision Making

The ATC follows a consultative and consensus-based approach in its decision-making process, as per the ASEAN Charter. Decision making can be made during the annual meeting or through ad-referendum consultation with the focal points facilitated by the Chair with support from the ASEAN Secretariat. The deadline for members to respond is two weeks after matters are conveyed to focal points in writing, and focal points can request for time extension to respond. If no response is received by the deadline, it will be considered as concurrence, provided that the AMS is made aware of this provision.

In developing an outcome document, the ATC may consult AEM, ALMM, and ASED for adoption or further submission to the ASEAN Summit. The ATC focal points are responsible for communications and must notify the Chair and the ASEAN Secretariat on officials and supporting staff who should receive copies of regular communications on ATC matters or are allowed to communicate on their behalf.


A provisional agenda for each meeting of the ATC is be prepared by the Chair, with support from the ASEAN Secretariat. The provisional agenda is circulated to all focal points for their comments and suggestions at least 15 working days prior to the meeting.

The agenda shall include, but is not limited to, the development or review of the implementation of the ATC work plan and priority areas; coordination with other ASEAN sectoral bodies, including information sharing by the Chair, focal points or ASEAN Secretariat on outcomes of other meetings that are relevant to the ATC; cooperation with external parties; development and endorsement of policy recommendations; and review and endorsement of the annual report to AEM, ALMM and ASED, or other outcome documents.

What We Do

The ASEAN TVET Council is a regional, cross-sectoral TVET body tasked with the coordination, research and development, and monitoring of regional education programmes to support the advancement of TVET in the region.

Key Documents