European Vocational Skills Week

The Week 2017


The Week 2017

Summary of the week

Building on the success of the first edition in 2016, the second European Vocational Skills Week took place on 20-24 November 2017. Just like last year, the Week in 2017 aimed to raise the profile of vocational education and training (VET) as a smart career choice, increasing employability and leading to high-quality jobs. It brought together a wide range of VET stakeholders from across Europe and focused in particular on VET mobility, opportunities provided by developing skills in particular sectors and promoting business-education partnerships in VET. 



Events in Member states

Over 1500 national events had been organised in the context of the European Vocational Skills Week, a 50% increase on 2016. The interest in the Week across Europe has surpassed expectations. Events had taken place in 45 countries, including all the EU Member States, reaching nearly one million people.

Key figures


events in Member States


Impressions on social media


app users at the Brussels events



The Ambassadors selected for the 2017 campaign were:

Austria                       Eveline Wild

Bulgaria                     Aglika Adamova

Cyprus                       Costas Argyrides

Croatia                       Morana Saračević/Martina Čičko-Karapetrić

Denmark                    Helene Glundholdt

France                       Gérard Mestrallet

Hungary                     Miklós Beothy

Latvia                         Katrina Elizabete Sile

Malta                         Charlene Fenech

Poland                       Paweł Salamon

Portugal                     Ivo Soares

Romania                    Mona Nicolici

Spain                         Ramón Paredes

Sweden                     Pontus Slättman

United Kingdom        Kashif Taj

Pan-European          Simon Bartley

Pan-European          Stephan Howeg

  • Thomas Tutzer - Italy
    The Best of Europe Award, Worldskills
  • Irena Masandavičiūtė, Edita Aleksandravičienė, Lina Mišeikienė and Svajūnas Pranaitis – Lithuania
    CedefopPhotoAward. Vocational Education and Training: tell your story
  • The Palestine’s Polytechnic University
    The ETF Torino Process Award: Entrepreneurship Key Competence Award
  • ROC DA VINCI COLLEGE - Netherlands
    Innovative VET Provider Award
  • Professor Karen Evans
    UCL Institute of Education VET Research Award
  • Dublin Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board for the Skills for Work Programme
    Training at Work Award
  • EAfA Awards, European Alliance for Apprenticeships
    • Large companies: Enel
    • SMEs: Schleiff Bauflächentechnik GmbH & Co
    • Micro-enterprises: Drury Joinery Services Ltd
    • Apprentices: Hannah Colston, member of EAN
    • Practitioners in apprenticeships: Teacher: Angeliki Filippidou ,Trainer: Véronique Morelle

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23 November


24 November