EfVET Annual Conference 2022 as the catalyst for more training providers in Europe and beyond
Brussels, Belgium, 14 October 2022: As every year the European Forum of Technical and Vocational and Training (EfVET) is organising its Annual Conference which is planned to take place between the 26th and 29th of October 2022 in the Scandic Kuopio Hotel, in Kuopio (Finland) hosted by two EfVET Finnish Members Ylä-Savo Vocational College and Savo Vocational College.
Throughout the years, EfVET Annual Conference has become a milestone for Vocational Education and Training professionals in Europe and beyond, and as a matter of fact, every time it gathers more than 200 delegates in each edition. Even during the pandemic, the event reached a very considerable number of participants and received much appreciation among them in the virtual version.
The theme of this year EfVET Annual Conference will be focused on “The Future Skills Revolution for VET and CVET in Europe” and the objective is to give training providers the opportunity to share their experiences in the learning and teaching of new skills in their educational set-ups and to design ways of collaboration between them.
Many education institutions across Europe are witnessing an increased pressure from workplaces to revisit skills. Technology particularly after the experience of COVID-19 has taken centre stage on issues related to improving skills, upskilling and reskilling as well as the introduction of new skills. It is the knowledge and experience that training providers generate in their lecture rooms, classroom, laboratories and workshops that can truly inform policy even on the European stage. VET training providers are front liners and key players in VET design and implementation. It is with this spirit of sharing of knowledge, collaboration, and networking through projects, mobility of Faculty, and students as well as participation in various forums such as the EfVET annual conference that new insights are explored and transformed into new policies.
The conference will bring together practitioners, researchers, and educators from around the world, who are engaged in Vocational Education and Training. It will host delegates from more than 150 institutions and it will cover more than 72 hours, 30 roundtables and 6 workshops. The one in Finland will be a different experience offering the participants the possibility to see what is typical in the Finnish VET system and, at the same time, to explore what the future of VET might be.
EfVET Conference is an excellent opportunity for members and non-members to discuss hot VET topics with key policymakers, stakeholders and VET professionals. This event is highly interactive, providing a network platform where delegates could meet other country fellows, key policymakers and shareholders, and find new partnerships opportunities. Even more, it’s a collaboration and an engagement space to exchange views with business and SMEs community. Such opportunities are offered in particular with the Marketplace, Roundtables, and Workshops sessions which are held after the main session consisting of the panel discussion.
EfVET President and CEO of EfVET Maltese Member MCAST, Prof. Joachim James Calleja stated “EfVET Conferences spearhead VET reform across the thousands of schools and colleges and act as catalysts for more training providers to join this formidable group of practitioners that play such a unique role in VET. We have the privilege of making VET”.
Every year, the EfVET Conference is bringing together delegates from many EU members states and beyond, providing an opportunity to explore key issues facing VET & HVET in Europe; sharing good practices and creating new trans-national collaborative partnerships with the view to transferring innovation and excellence in VET.
Previous editions were focused on different VET relevant topics such as: “Shaping the future: Sustainable and Innovative VET” which was held online in 2021 and which culminated with a very appreciated in-person part taking place on a later stage in Berlin; “COVID-19 beyond 2020: A new generation of VET?” (Online, 2020), “Robots, Human Capital and Digital Learning. Managing Transition and Inclusion” (Azores, 2019).
All information about EfVET Conferences is available on the EfVET official web portal at www.efvet.org and the upcoming Conference website at www.efvet-conference.eu