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

10/03/2017

Message by Marianne Thyssen for Vocational Skills week

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

The first European Vocational Skills Week in 2016 showed us just how much so many people care about making sure vocational education and training (VET) is seen as an equal first choice to other routes in preparing for great careers.

To capitalise on this energy and enthusiasm a Second European Vocational Skills Week will be organised on 20-24 November 2017.

We will continue our theme of "Discover Your Talent": inspiring people to galvanise their abilities through quality VET, at all stages of their lives, on-the-move, and equipped with labour market‑relevant skills that lead to fulfilling personal and professional lives.

This year we are adding to the message of quality and excellence in VET. We want to draw attention to the mobility of VET learners and quality apprentices. We want to boost partnerships between businesses and VET providers. And we want to bring the spotlight on sectoral approaches to address skills mismatches and respond to rapidly changing skill needs, as a means to foster innovation, competitiveness and excellence. Both issues are central to Erasmus+. Europe is celebrating the 30th anniversary of this successful platform for European and international mobility and cooperation.

We again look forward to your enthusiastic involvement in the European Vocational Skills Week 2017. As for last year, we hope to see many national, regional and local events and activities taking place across Europe organised by stakeholders, not only during the week, but through the year.

During the Week in November itself several meetings are planned, including an exhibition where Erasmus+ will be represented.

The European Commission will work with all its partners, including EU agencies Cedefop and the European Training Foundation, to make the Second European Vocational Skills Week even more successful than the first one.

More details will be published on our website. For now, please mark this week in your diary and start to think about initiatives in your area that could inspire more people to discover the opportunities offered through VET.

Watch Commissioner Thyssen's invitation in all EU languages.