European Vocational Skills Week spreads its wings!

European Vocational Skills Week spreads its wings!

декември 28, 2021


Representatives of OEM, in the period between 5th and 9th of November 2018, attended the European Vocational Skills Week.As well, a member of OEM, EVN Macedonia was selected as finalist on Europen level in the competition for best practice in the field of VET for big companies, for their VET project 20-20-20.

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. “We wanted to raise awareness about VET opportunities beyond our usual suspects,” explains Norbert Schöbel (DG EMPL), chair of the organising taskforce, which also included many other services from DG EMPL, and two agencies – the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) and the European Training Foundation. The aim is to reach as many local and regional players as possible.

This year, the European events were taking place in Vienna. The capital of Austria is a logical choice as the country holds the Council Presidency, providing higher political support than before. It’s also the perfect place to showcase excellence and innovation in VET, as Austria is well known for its dual learning system, which combines education in the classroom with training in companies.

The Vocational Skills Week – with workshops, meetings and network opportunities in Vienna as well as many parallel activities and events in over 45 countries – aims therefore to brush up that image, and to make this form of education a first choice for those interested, not an alley of last hope.