European Vocational Skills Week

About The Week



When is the European Vocational Skills Week (EVSW)?

European Vocational Skills Week 2018 will be taking place from the 5-9 November in Vienna. You can also get involved in and register one of our many additional events and activities taking place at national, regional, and local levels across Europe and beyond from 1 September 2018 through to the end of the year.

What is VET?

VET is one of the four education and training sectors (together with schools, higher education and adult learning). VET plays a key role in the lifelong learning continuum by providing young people with initial qualifications they need for a smooth transition to the labour market, as well as adults with the means to continuously upskills and reskill throughout their lives. VET responds to the needs of the economy but also to develop people´s skills for personal development and active citizenship.

What is the EVSW about?

VET offers people of all ages an excellent opportunity to develop their skills, prepare for jobs, and improve their employability. Through the EVSW, we want to raise awareness of the wide range of opportunities available through VET, and encourage more people to participate and learn what it has to offer.

What will happen during this initiative?

During the main week in Vienna, a series of events and activities will also take place – including a press conference, conferences, workshops, visits, and an awards ceremony. The week is underpinned by a sustained communication campaign.

The communications campaign and the national/regional/local events and activities will showcase excellence, raise awareness, and promote VET throughout the year up to the Week itself.

Why is the European Commission doing this?

In many countries, VET is still overlooked as a method of upskilling and training. It is often seen as a second choice for young people when compared to alternative education pathways. For many adults and employers, it is often not perceived as an important instrument to strengthen their adaptability to the needs of labour market.

However, on the contrary, we know that VET has the power to transform lives and businesses. VET offers people of all ages greater educational opportunities, increased employability, and high-quality jobs. We want people to reach their full potential through VET.

There are great vocational training opportunities that successfully prepare people for interesting and challenging careers, as well as active engagement in society.

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.

The European Vocational Skills Week also makes employers aware of the potential and benefits for their business. By engaging in the initial skills provision for the young and the upskilling and reskilling of adults, they are ensuring their long-term competitiveness and growth.