European Vocational Skills Week

The fourth edition of the European Vocational Skills Week, as announced by the Commissioner Ms.Marianne Thyssen, will take place from 14-18 October 2019 in Helsinki (Finland).

The third edition of European Vocational Skills Week was officially opened by Commissioner Thyssen today – and for the first time, it is taking place outside of Brussels, with a clear thematic focus: the future of vocational and educational training (VET). The aim is to show the value of VET at all stages in life, be it to obtain an initial qualification or to requalify or retrain later in life as an adult. Read more

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


EfVET & Students Inspiration

2018 participation

On the third edition of the European Vocational Skills week 2018, EfVET delegation included members of the Executive Team, Steering Committee and EfVET Members from different countries. The fourth EU Vocational Skills Week will take place 14-18 October 2019 in Helsinki (Finland).

EfVET Vice-president Stefano Tirati represented EfVET network at the EU VET providers meeting. Besides, EfVET Members participated as members of the European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA).

The VET Excellence Awards 2018

EfVET members were awarded in two categories: VET Innovators awarded to Xabec Vocational Training Center (Spain) and European Funding for Excellence “Erasmus+ project” which was given to the project Mobile Learning in VET towards 2020, coordinated by EfVET Member Scuola Centrale Formazione. Under this category EfVET project, European Business Baccalaureate Diploma for All (EBBD+), coordinated by Helsinki Business College was as well nominated.

2017 participation

EfVET Members has represented the EfVET network during the EU Vocational Skills Week 2017, strengthen the collaboration with key policymakers 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 the 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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