European Vocational Skills Week

Awards for VET Excellence 2020


Why apply for the Excellence Awards?
The VET Excellence Awards are a great opportunity to showcase your organisation or share your passion and commitment to vocational education and training. Have a look at what previous years' winners have to say about their success.

How to take part in the 2020 Awards for VET Excellence?
Vocational Education and Training (VET) excellence can be showcased by recognising committed people, organisations and outstanding projects through rewarding them for their endeavours.
If you take part, in organise or support vocational education and training, if you believe that your activities are of the best quality and if you think they should be shared with the European VET community, why not apply for one of the 2020 Awards for VET Excellence.
This year, where possible (depending on the award category), a bonus will be given to those projects/activities that are in line with one of the European Commission's priorities for 2019-2024: A European Green Deal or A Europe fit for the digital age.

Companies and Learners Awards

European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA) / Apprentices
This award aims at identifying excellence regarding the supply, quality, image and mobility of apprenticeships.
It is open only for members of the European Alliance for Apprenticeships.
Application process is closed

Training at Work
This award aims at giving visibility to good practices of career-long professional learning in enterprises. If the skills of your employees are important for you – this is your award.
Application process is closed

Vocational Education and Training Innovators Awards

Innovative VET Provider
This award aims to identify a European VET provider that has contributed to VET excellence through innovative practices. It is organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the expert group 'Platform of European Associations of VET providers'.
For 2020, this award category will also include a special award for distance and e-learning solutions for VET providers that use or develop VET content for distance learning in an innovative way. This has been shown to be particulary relevant in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Application process is closed

Teacher and Trainer
This award aims to identify a VET teacher or trainer who has excelled in improving the VET learning experience or has contributed to innovative approaches to VET learning. This award is organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the Platform of European Associations of VET providers, European Trade Union Committee for Education and OBESSU (Organising Bureau of European School Students Unions).
Application process is closed

VET Researchers
This award is open to researchers' outstanding research contribution in the field of green an/or digital transitions, in line with the Commission’s priorities for 2019-24 “A European Green Deal” and ‘’A Europe fit for the digital age”. 
Application process is closed

The Entrepreneurial School / (JA Europe)
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.
Application process is closed

European Funding for Excellence Awards

European Social Fund
The purpose of this award is to give visibility to excellent ESF practices in the area of VET and skills development that make people more competitive on the labour market.  
Closed competition managed by the Commission in cooperation with the ESF Managing Authorities.
Have a look at the 2018 and 2019 winners under previous Weeks.

This award draws public attention to the Erasmus+ Programme's success stories on Vocational Education and Training:
1. projects focusing on environmental protection, climate change or new ICT and digital competences;
2. projects demonstrating excellence in distance learning.
This is a closed competition managed by the European Commission in cooperation with the Erasmus+ National Agencies.
Have a look at the 2018 and 2019 winners under previous Weeks.

European Agencies Awards

The purpose of this award is to mobilise VET learners throughout Europe to showcase what VET means for them through a series of photos and, optionally video. Teams are expected to produce an original photo story on Vocational education and training: your green or digital skills story.
Application process is closed

European Training Foundation / Innovation & Skills
This award will showcase a good practice in teaching and learning digital competence (knowledge, skills and attitudes) from all schools, universities and training centres (public or private, formal or non-formal education) providing initial and continuing vocational education and training in ETF partner countries.
Application process is closed

How are the awards organised?

  1. A jury of independent members will be established for each award. The various juries each identify two nominees and indicate their respective winner.
  2. Public online voting will be launched in October.
  3. The 2020 award winners will be selected through a mix of votes from the jury and the public online voting, both having a weighting of 50%.
  4. The final results will be revealed during the Awards Nominees Celebration.
  5. The award-giving encompasses the following:
    • recognises excellence
    • provides visibility
    • motivates those taking part, whether individuals or organisations
    • enables the building of networks and new careers opportunities
    • enables the winners to become ambassadors in their field of expertise
    • reaches out to citizens through online voting.