05/11/2018 09/11/2018Vienna, EU

Following the success of the previous two years, the third European Vocational Skills Week will run from 5-9 November 2018. Key events and activities will take place in Vienna this year, organised in close cooperation with the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU. A variety of national opening events will also be held in other EU Member States, along with hundreds of VET-related events and activities at local and regional level.

An agenda overview is outlined here

During the main week in Vienna, a series of events and activities will also take place – including a press conference, conferences, workshops, visits, and an awards ceremony. The week is underpinned by a sustained communication campaign.

The communications campaign and the national/regional/local events and activities will showcase excellence, raise awareness, and promote VET throughout the year up to the Week itself.

In many countries, VET is still overlooked as a method of upskilling and training. It is often seen as a second choice for young people when compared to alternative education pathways. For many adults and employers, it is often not perceived as an important instrument to strengthen their adaptability to the needs of labour market.

However, on the contrary, we know that VET has the power to transform lives and businesses. VET offers people of all ages greater educational opportunities, increased employability, and high-quality jobs. We want people to reach their full potential through VET.

There are great vocational training opportunities that successfully prepare people for interesting and challenging careers, as well as active engagement in society.

Quality training develops the creative and innovative potential of learners. Upskilling and reskilling throughout life is key to improved job opportunities and better integration in society. Lifelong learning enhances social inclusion, diversity, and active citizenship.

The European Vocational Skills Week also makes employers aware of the potential and benefits for their business. By engaging in the initial skills provision for the young and the upskilling and reskilling of adults, they are ensuring their long-term competitiveness and growth.


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