The Second European Vocational Skills Week will take place on 20 to 24 November 2017

This first European Vocational Skills Week took place on 5-9 December 2016 with events in Brussels and hundreds of activities in Member States, EFTA and EU candidate countries organised at national, regional and local levels. To capitalise on this energy and enthusiasm, we will organise a second European Vocational Skills Week on 20-24 November 2017.

This is to improve the attractiveness and image of vocational education and training. We want to showcase excellence and quality and raise awareness of the wide range of opportunities.

We believe

  • Every single person is talented. Some talents may be obvious, some still hidden.
  • Vocational education and training is a smart choice, is fun, and leads to excellence in education, high-quality jobs and increased employability.
  • There are great vocational training opportunities that successfully prepare you for interesting and challenging careers, as well as active engagement in society.
  • Vocational education and training is a desirable option for people of all ages, and prepares people for jobs the world over.
  • Quality training develops the creative and innovative potential of learners.
  • Upskilling and reskilling throughout life is key to improved job opportunities and better integration in society.
  • Lifelong learning enhances social inclusion, diversity, and active citizenship.

Before and during the main week, activities and events to showcase excellence in vocational education and training will be rolled out across Europe. During the main week, a series of events/activities will also take place in Brussels (press conference, conference, workshops and closing event with award-giving). The week is underpinned by a sustained communication campaign.

We are inviting all stakeholders: learners, parents, companies, business organisations, social partners, education and training providers, adult learning organisations, chambers and other professional organisations, researchers, career counsellors, public authorities, and society at large to get involved.

For more information, please send a message to the organisers of the European Vocational Skills Week.


 

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VET week Ambassadors

The Commission is putting in place a network of European Vocational Skills Week Ambassadors. See this leaflet for more information.

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Awards for VET Excellence

A series of awards will be given during the closing event of the second European Vocational Skills Week on 24 November 2017. See more details here.

News and events

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Opening Event of the European Skills Week
05/12/2016

Opening Event of the European Skills Week

At this event, Commissioner Thyssen and the vice-minister president of the Flemish Government and Flemish Minister of Education Hilde Crevits, opened the European Vocational Skills Week.

Commission puts in place network of VET Week Ambassadors
18/07/2017

Commission puts in place network of VET Week Ambassadors

The European Commission is putting in place a network of European Vocational Skills (VET) Week Ambassadors.

Awards for VET Excellence - European Vocational Skills Week 2017
13/06/2017

Awards for VET Excellence - European Vocational Skills Week 2017

The award ceremony of the first European Vocational Skills Week 2016 was one of the major highlights of the Week and showcased examples of excellence in vocational education and training (VET).

European Vocational Skills Week: #CedefopPhotoAward 2017
10/05/2017

European Vocational Skills Week: #CedefopPhotoAward 2017

The Cedefop photo competition this year is built around the collective experiences that learners go through while training in VET.

Recognition for Open Data Platform for EU funds and Vocational Skills Week
03/04/2017

Recognition for Open Data Platform for EU funds and Vocational Skills Week

Two European Commission projects have received recognition in the field of employment, social affairs and inclusion.

Save the date: European Vocational Skills Week on 20-24 November 2017
10/03/2017

Save the date: European Vocational Skills Week on 20-24 November 2017

This year's European Vocational Skills Week will be held on 20-24 November.

Over 700 000 participants during first Vocational Skills Week
23/12/2016

Over 700 000 participants during first Vocational Skills Week

The first European Vocational Skills Week (5-9 December) closed with an estimated 702,250 people taking part in more than 900 activities across Europe.

Closing ceremony of the first European Vocational Skills Week
12/12/2016

Closing ceremony of the first European Vocational Skills Week

The closing ceremony of the first European Vocational Skills Week on Friday, 9 December 2016 gathered some 600 participants from Vocational Education and Training, business, social partners, chambers of commerce, civil society, think tanks, research bodies and public authorities. More than 900 activities and events registered as part of the Week took place between September and December all over Europe.

Launch of scoreboards monitoring how students and learners are encouraged to go abroad
08/12/2016

Launch of scoreboards monitoring how students and learners are encouraged to go abroad

The Commission launched its first learning mobility scoreboards for initial vocational education and training (IVET) and higher education (HE) today on the occasion of the European Vocational Skills Week.

Events and activities

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