In less than one year from the official launch in 2018, EfVET Thematic Teams have received quite a lot of attention with 16 coordinators and around 150 registered members from 90 VET organizations. That’s why EfVET decided to organize the first Thematic Teams Event, which was held on the 4th of June in San Sebastian, with the active participation of around 80 EfVET members from 15 countries.

The event was organized at the premises of TKNIKA (EfVET Member), and it goes in the direction of providing EfVET members with multiple opportunities to network and cooperate during the year, in addition to our International Conference.

More specifically, the event offered the chance to reconfirm the founding principles of the EfVET Thematic Teams which are focused around 3 pillars:

  • Networking: the strength of an organization is the strength of its members, so via TTs we aim at mapping and clustering EfVET members on the basis of their priorities, challenges and areas of interest while providing the framework to facilitate collaboration to develop effective solutions;
  • Innovation: there are many good practices and centers of vocational excellence among EfVET members so TTs aim at supporting VET providers to gather, share and promote know-how and innovative solutions on key/ strategic areas;
  • Influence: EfVET stands for VET as first quality educational choice, which may happen only if the VET is properly funded and if VET providers’ needs and expectations are heard and dealt with; TTs play a crucial role in gathering views and requirements from VET providers which will feed EfVET advocacy work at European and, progressively, at National level.

The future developments of EfVET Thematic Teams include embedding sustainability and SDGs as a transversal dimension in VET, merging forces with key stakeholders and initiatives, such as the Blueprint Sector Skills Alliances, and fostering horizontal cooperation, by promoting joint projects and study visits. The event in San Sebastian offered the opportunity to reconfirm the objectives of each working group, identify joint project proposals, highlight good practices which will be presented at the Azores Conference and start thinking about policy priorities.

On behalf of EfVET, we wish to express our gratitude to the members and coordinators of the Thematic Teams for the excellent work and fresh energy devoted to this new initiative which will allow EfVET to take a new important step forward in its mission to serve the needs of the European VET system.

See you soon in the Azores for the follow-up!

This article was originally published at the Magazine for VET Professionals – June 2019