European Vocational Skills Week 2017

The Second European Vocational Skills Week will take place on 20-to 24 November 2017!

This first European Vocational Skills Week took place on 5-9 December 2016 with events in Brussels and hundreds of activities in Member States, EFTA and EU candidate countries organised at national, regional and local levels. To capitalise on this energy and enthusiasm, we will organise a second European Vocational Skills Week on 20-24 November 2017.

We encourage you all to programme some activity and to register it in the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion website


Why VET? 

Work-based learning, traineeships, apprenticeships, tailored courses, and on-the-job training aim to unlock everyone’s professional potential by combining theory and practice. VET is increasingly attractive to both employers and their workforce. It is available in every field, from science and engineering to healthcare and finance, in both private and public sectors.

Who is involved?

Young or adult learners, parents, companies, business organisations, social partners, education and training providers, adult learning organisations, chambers and other professional organisations, researchers, career counsellors, public authorities, and society at large, are all invited to get involved.

How can you get involved?

  • More than 700 events across Europe have been already registered and disseminate via the EU Vocational Skills web page. We invite VET stakeholders to register their own related events or activity at local, regional or national level from September-December 2017 here
  • EU Vocational Skills Week in Brussels: Firstly, the EC will promote mobility in VET, because learners that are mobile gain skills that increase their employability and life prospects. Secondly, we will foster sector-specific solutions through sector skills cooperation. Thirdly, we will draw out the crucial role of employers in business-VET partnerships. Find the complete programme here

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