European Vocational Skills Week

Awards for VET Excellence 2018


Awards for VET Excellence 2018

One of the highlights of European Vocational Skills Week 2018 was the Awards for VET Excellence. This year the awards ceremony took place during the Closing event on 9 November 2018. The winners were announced by Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility.

Also this year, a number of the awards were organised by entities external to the Commission, though the Commission retained the overall management of the process as well as the final award ceremony.

The winners have been announced!

1. Companies and Learners

European Alliance for Apprenticeships - Apprentice European Alliance for Apprenticeships - Large Companies European Alliance for Apprenticeships - Small Companies
Domenico Calabrese, Italy ESB Networks DAC, Ireland Atelier du Pain, France


Training at Work International Skills Competition Junior Achievement (JA) Europe
Human Partner Sp. Z o.o. and Joanna Kamola, Poland Daniel Gerber, Skills of Electrical Installation, Switzerland Marmatia Technological High School, Simona ONA, Romania.

2. VET Innovators

Innovative VET Provider Special selection in the context of the European Year of Cultural Heritage  Teacher and Trainer VET Researcher
Xabec Vocational Training Centre, Spain Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France, France Joanna Żebrowska, Poland Learning Layers, Estonia

3. European Funding for Excellence

European Social Fund project Erasmus+ project 
Closer to the Labour Market 2, Poland Mobile Learning in VET towards 2020, Italy

4. European Agencies' awards

Cedefop VET Photo award European Training Foundation (ETF) 2018 Entrepreneurship Award 
C. Force Team, Hungary  School of Chemical Technology, Subotica, Serbia


Why VET Excellence Awards?

The awards highlight good practices and recognise excellence in vocational education and training (VET) all over Europe. By gathering the best examples of VET from all over Europe, we are able to provide visibility and recognition for good work – motivating those individuals and organisations that work with VET. This helps to build new networks, expand existing ones, and create new career opportunities. The winners themselves are then capable of being ambassadors in their field.

By using the awards as benchmarks, and creating a movement with its focus on excellence in VET, the initiative reaches far beyond the usual VET stakeholders. It ultimately raises the attractiveness of VET, one of the aims of the European Vocational Skills Week.

Award Categories

This year the awards will highlight examples of excellence in four categories.

1. Companies and Learners

European Alliance for Apprenticeship

This award is to recognise excellent contributions to the supply, quality, image and mobility of apprenticeships from within the members of the European Alliance for Apprenticeships. These awards will be given to companies and apprentices.

Training at Work

The purpose of this award is to give visibility to good practices of career-long professional learning in micro, small and medium enterprises, taking place in Europe, and to inspire new practices and policies.

2. VET Innovators

Innovative VET Provider

This award, developed in cooperation with the Platform of European Associations of VET providers, aims to identify a European provider of VET that has contributed to VET excellence through innovative practices.

In addition, in the context of the European Year of Cultural Heritage a “special mention” will be given to an innovative provider of VET skills in cultural heritage.

Teacher and Trainer

This award, developed in cooperation with the Platform of European Associations of VET providers, Obessu and ETUCE, aims to identify a VET teacher and/or trainer who has excelled in improving the VET learning/training experience of youngsters or adults.

VET Research

The VET Research Award aims to reward an outstanding VET research project, a research team or an individual researcher who has made an outstanding contribution to innovative thinking in VET, including initial and higher VET, continuing VET, adult learning and career-long professional learning.

3. European Funding for Excellence

European Social Fund project

The purpose of the award is to give visibility to excellent initiatives and practices co-funded by the European Social Fund in the area of VET. The Managing Authorities for ESF were invited to submit their proposals to the European Commission. Each Member State was invited to indicate  a maximum of two good examples.

Erasmus+ project

The award draws attention to projects co-funded under Erasmus+, which aim to implement new practices and policies so improving access and the attractiveness of VET to people of all ages. It aims also to raise awareness of the importance of cooperation and partnerships in VET. The Erasmus+ project Award is based on the results of the Selection of Success Stories (part of the Strategy for the Dissemination and Exploitation of Erasmus+ Programme Results). Projects nominated for the award were identified by the National Agencies for Erasmus+ as examples of good practice in their annual report for 2017.

4. European Agencies

Cedefop VET Photo award

This competition is organised by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training. It aims is to mobilise VET learners (young and adults) throughout Europe to showcase what VET means for them, and how they go about their daily VET learning experience.

European Training Foundation (ETF) award

This award aims at promoting entrepreneurship as a key competence in VET. The competition is open to all VET providers from ETF partner countries.

Special Recognition

EuroSkills 2018

The EuroSkills competition recognises the exceptional performance of the European initial VET learner who attained the highest points in European skills competitions.

To find out more about EuroSkills, click here.

This award is for a limited audience and is organised externally to the European Commission

The Entrepreneurial School Awards

These awards encourage vocational and academic schools to put more emphasis on teaching entrepreneurial skills as a way to better prepare young people for the jobs of tomorrow.

These awards are for a limited audience and are organised externally to the European Commission

To find out more, click here.

How will the awards be organised?

Step 1: Jury

For each award in categories 1-4, a jury of independent members will be established. The various juries will each identify two nominees.

Step 2: Public voting

For each award, from the two nominees identified by the jury, the general public will be invited to choose their preferred candidate through on-line voting.

Step 3: Identifying the winner

The 2018 awards winners will be selected through a mix of votes from the jury and the general public.