European Vocational Skills Week



The 2020 VET Excellence Awards

Online voting is now closed.

The winners will be announced on November 13th during the European Vocational Skills Week Closing Ceremony by Mr Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights.

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Category: Companies and learners award

Training at work

Magnetic MRO AS, Estonia

Learner: Mr. Kevin Parras
MMRO has shown that an enterprise and higher education institution can work together successfully. The quality and importance of the aircraft maintenance technician workplace-based training programme has been noticed by several parties and satisfaction with the outcome is high.
Kevin Parras is a 26-year-old professional ice hockey player who joined Magnetic MRO and its aircraft mechanic vocational study programme in 2018. He believes this apprenticeship programme is a great opportunity to start a journey in the aviation industry and gain a profession that lasts for a lifetime.


Borçelik Technical Academy, Turkey

Learner: Ms. Gözde Yiğit
BTA’s “No Job Too Tough For Women” programme carries out training to increase female employment. BTA is a model and pioneer with its 3-month programme including theoretical and practical VET for women in the flat steel industry. To attract female students in VET we address families, support students financially and morally (scholarships, internships, job opportunities), develop school workshops, train VET teachers... Yiğit says: “It is a great pleasure to be the first woman overhead crane operator employed in the steel manufacturing industry in Turkey



Category: VET innovators awards

Innovative VET Providers

BIC Ljubljana, Slovenia

The Biotechnical Educational Centre Ljubljana (BIC Ljubljana) strives to guarantee excellent conditions for acquiring up-to-date professional vocational skills and knowledge, through innovative progress and development. It has established a unique educational model, offering real-life working environments (school, veterinary clinic, tourist agency, eco house, microbrewery, restaurant, coffee shop and more) for students from all the vocational and professional fields in which BIC Ljubljana teaches.


SASKY Municipal Education and Training Consortium, Finland

SASKY Municipal Education and Training Consortium – the skilful creating worlds together. Versatility – 13 colleges, 54 occupations, 6 000 students. From VET to general education, learning at school, at work or online – all around Europe. SASKY crystallises attractive training, agile development and innovations in co-operation with the world of work. Future professionals for the internationalising world. Encouragement creates enthusiasm!


VET Teacher and Trainer

Ms Alina Mirela Popa, Romania

For a long time, Alina Mirela Popa has approached student-centred teaching using project-based learning, various web 2.0 tools, collaborative e-learning and successful international projects. As an E-twinning Ambassador, she integrates projects and activities into the basic curriculum to discover students’ talents and support them to develop 21st-century skills for lifelong learning. These innovative learning environments are the keys for preparing efficient learners in a changing society and well-trained citizens who are ready for success in various professional fields.


Mr Vitalij Kabelis, Lithuania

Vitalij Kabelis is an expert teacher-trainer from Vilnius car mechanics and business school in Lithuania. His enthusiastic training style inspires students to strive for excellence in the construction, diagnosis and repair of car electric management systems. He is a judge and trainer of competitors in the EuroSkills international mechanics competitions, and develops e-learning tools and workshops for Lithuanian and European vocational teachers, students and workers.


VET Researcher

Team Prof Dr Raija Hämäläinen, University of Jyväskylä, Faculty of Education and Psychology, Finland

The driving force for research is our rapidly changing world. VET must aim not only to nurture specific professional competencies, but also to support productive learning processes. In addition to understanding the effects of technology on learning and professional development, our research aims to understand how learning and interaction processes occur and unfold over time at workplaces such as in hospitals, flight simulators and industrial contexts. We also develop and apply novel methods, such as eye-tracking and heartrate variability.


Team Dr Pia Spangenberger, (MARLA Research Team) Technische Universität Berlin, Institute of Vocational Education and Work Studies, Germany

The interdisciplinary MARLA research team – Dr Pia Spangenberger, Dr Felix Kapp, Nadine Matthes (Technische Unversität Berlin) and Linda Kruse (University of Applied Sciences Mainz) – investigates the advantages of virtual reality and game-based learning for VET, contributing to the relevance of renewable energies. Together they have designed and evaluated a VR game for wind energy technology


The Entrepreneurial School Award TES, JA Europe

Higher College for Engineering Wolfsberg (HTL Wolfsberg), Austria

The Higher College for Engineering Wolfsberg offers high-level vocational technical education in mechanical engineering, mechatronics, business informatics and industrial engineering. The school is well-known for its sustainable business collaborations, its technological final-thesis projects and its successes in innovation competitions, and is certified as a Competence Centre Entrepreneurship Education in Engineering.


Lycée Technique Agricole Ettelbruck (LTA), Luxembourg

The Lycée Technique Agricole has a long tradition of entrepreneurship education. When it was founded in 1883, the school’s main objective was to help students set up their own business as farmers. Over time, the school has embedded entrepreneurial spirit in all the vocational training it offers. Today it prepares future entrepreneurs in agriculture, horticulture, silviculture, mechatronics and natural sciences in Luxembourg.




Category: European funding for excellence in VET

European Social Fund

“Green Leather Manager”, Regione del Veneto - Area Capitale Umano, Cultura e Programmazione comunitaria, Italy

The Italian leather industry is rapidly shifting from traditional processes characterised by a heavy environmental impact to more sustainable processes. In this perspective, ITS Cosmo launched a two-year course, co-financed by ESF resources, to train a new generation of Green Leather Managers responsible for developing sustainable products and processes in Arzignano’s leather cluster, a concentration of hundreds of businesses in the Veneto region.


“Career Guidance in General and Vocational Education Institutions”, State Education Development Agency (VIAA), Latvia

The project Career Guidance in General and Vocational Education targeted career development with support in 405 general education institutions and 17 VET Competence Centres. It involves 76 local governments, 369 teachers-career consultants have been employed and 150 397 pupils have received career development support. The project organises the National and sectoral SkillsLatvia competitions and supports the national youth professional team in EuroSkills and WorldSkills.


Erasmus+ Distance Learning

BLESABEE - “Innovative Blended Learning Toolkit for the Safe Pest Management of Honeybees”, Stredna Odborna Skola, Slovakia
Partner countries: SK, CZ, AT

Project BLESSABEE – from healthy bees to healthy people. The century of using chemicals is over, but the fight against the parasitic Varroa destructor mite isn’t. The international project combined research with practice. The result: a training course on non-chemical treatment of bee colonies by hyperthermia. The project’s motto is ‘triple safety’ – safe for bees, beekeepers and bee products.


"Exploring Blended Learning approaches for VET", Belfast Metropolitan College, United Kingdom
Partner countries: UK, EE, NL, IE, ES

The Erasmus project embeds a new flexible blended learning practice with six partners across five countries. The objective was to explore how VET providers developed learning results using blended learning, documented a quality-assured process and created a toolkit to support the VET sector, when moving an accredited programme to a new blended model.


Erasmus+ Green Dimension

“FOREST4LIFE”, I.I.S. "G. Baruffi", Italy

Forest4life offered five-week internships in European companies active in the agro-forestry sector for 18- to 19-year-old learners. The young participants learned about innovative practices needed in sustainable forest management and protection of mountains areas. The internships provided an insight into preserving and maintaining natural resources and landscapes.


"Energy efficiency in operation", Staatliche Technikerschule Mindelheim, Germany

To save the planet, we need internationalisation, a change of perspectives and knowledge about energy. Therefore our students are trained, travel and create workshops to share their knowledge in a foreign language with fellow students in special hands-on Energy Days at our partner college in Crewe (UK). This at-eye-level method does work – and could all over the world!


“Reconstruction of existing buildings into energy ones”, Sofia High School of Construction, Architecture and Geodesy “Hristo Botev", Bulgaria

The “Reconstruction of existing buildings into energy-efficient ones” project by Sofia High School of Construction, Architecture and Geodesy Hristo Botev aims to adapt VET to innovations and technological developments. Our wish is for grey and boring Bulgarian buildings to get a European look. Throughout the project, we did not stop having fun.




Category: European Agencies awards



"Dream, work hard and reach the sky", Niepubliczne Technikum ZDZ w Opatowie, Poland
Team members: Jakub KORDYKA, Maciej GAWRON, Bartłomiej KORDOS, Krystian GAWLIK

Our school isn’t only about studying for the profession of IT technician. The technical classes, although mandatory, are combined with education, passion and exercising initiative in IT, and are the best apprenticeship to start our future! The photos, taken by students from the school photography club, show the results of programming, robotics and e-sport. These pictures depict the mission of maintaining your identity in a world of chameleons – always being yourself and not getting lost in the matrix. Computer science gives us power, it helps us learn and play, but it’s the human mind that’s always superior.


"Digital & Green Waves", 2nd VET School of Thessaloniki – OAED, Greece
Team members: Eleni FRANSIZI, Eleftheria-Giannoula SOKOLAKI, Eleftheria PIGKA, Sofia TSOCHATARIDOU

The four elements of nature are earth, air, water and fire. Our team of graphic designers focused on earth, presenting our own notion of “green”, which is not something ordinary. For us, “green” is family and friends who give colour to our days; it’s recalling precious moments and emotions; it’s joy and dancing, smiles and passions. It is a person, nostalgia, chaos and inaction. Our “green” is art. Our common stimulus is our interaction with nature. Nature inspires our life and is a major part of our reality. It guides us and defines our thinking. It inspires us in capturing images of our evolution.


ETF Innovation and Skills Award

Centre of Excellence in Construction, Moldova

The Centre of Excellence in Construction offers continuous professional development for VET teachers and trainers aimed at facilitating the transition to distance learning in technical vocational education institutions in the area of construction. The approach is characterised by: (a) focus on pedagogy of digital and online learning for VET teachers; (b) combined classic adult education with blended distance learning with a focus on digital competence development; (c) individual training needs assessment and adaptation of content; (d) assessment based on portfolios and summative approaches; and (e) impact assessment of training.


“The Use of Interactive, Multimedia and Cloud Technologies in the Educational Process”, Republican Institute for Vocational Education (RIPO), Belarus

RIPO developed the skills upgrading curriculum ‘The Use of Interactive, Multimedia and Cloud Technologies in the Educational Process’, targeted at teachers, methodologists and production-related training experts in VET institutions. The approach is characterised by: (a) strong involvement of learners in the learning process; (b) training in didactics of digital learning combined with training to use digital tools; (c) focus on competence development through project-based learning




2020 Special Award: Distance and e-Learning


This year we also present two Special Awards focussing on VET distance learning*
The special awards present two VET providers using or developing VET content for distance learning in an innovative way. This has been shown to be particularly relevant in the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

- University Institute for Sciences and Techniques for Rehabilitation (ISTR), Lyon University, France
- Bursa Coşkunöz Education Foundation, Turkey

* These awards are not included in the online voting