European Vocational Skills Week

The third edition of theEuropean Vocational Skills Week, as announced by the Commissioner Ms.Marianne Thyssen, will take place from 5 to 9 November 2018 in Vienna, Austria.

The Second European Vocational Skills Week took place on 20-to 24 November 2017 with events in Brussels and more than 1500 activities in Member States, EFTA and EU candidate countries organised at national, regional and local levels. This first European Vocational Skills Week took place on 5-9 December 2016.

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


EfVET & Students Inspiration

EfVET Members has represent EfVET network during the EU Vocational Skills Week, strengthen the collaboration with key policy makers and bringing to the debate EfVET ideas and proposals.

The EU VET providers associations signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their cooperation via the Pact4Youth Platform.


Also, we are really proud to announce that the VET Award for Excellence 2017 to Innovative VET Provider went to EfVET Member ROC Da Vinci College (The Netherlands), represented by EfVET Dutch Representative Marloes de Vries.

Discover inspirational insights from EfVET Steering Committee Members and students who participated at the 2nd EU Vocational Skills week:

  • Vanessa Pinto and Afonso Santos,  Escola de Comércio de Lisboa, Portugal – Read here
  • Alexander Blaabjerg, Student at TEC – Technical Education Copenhagen (EfVET Member), and who is working at DISA – Norican group – Read here
  • Kornél Dőri 16 years old student from Hungary – Read here



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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