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European Vocational Skills Week
Winners 2022

Thank you for participating in the VET Excellence Awards 2022!

Category:	 Companies & Learners

EAfA awards – Large Companies 

ÖBB Infrastruktur AG

Country: Austria

We were able to realise a record intake of 643 apprentices within the time span of the COVID-19 pandemic starting with the year 2020, with our more than 120 years of training history. A learning management platform was set up for the apprentices, enabling trainers and apprentices to use it, and the support service was intensified. Our journey continues - Next Level Lehre. Read more...

EAfA awards – SMEs

Otto Stöckl Elektroinstallationen GmbH

Country: Austria

We brought two unique groups together, apprentices and homeless people, with a corporate social responsibility (CSR) project in cooperation with Obdach Wien. After a workshop, our apprentices spent ‘action days’ in the facilities. The project achieved the envisaged socio-political and company training goals. The apprentices acquired social competences, questioned stereotypes and reduced fear of contact. Thus, in addition to the creativity and high degree of innovation of the project, sustainability with a significant social impact was also guaranteed. Read more...

EAfA awards – Apprentices

Apprentice: Mr Evangelos Pouftas

School: OAED EPAS SERRES VET Apprenticeship School

When I started working, I had to quickly adjust to the new measures imposed by the COVID-19 health protocols and find solutions for problems caused by the pandemic. I am very proud that I was able to use innovative modern technologies to build a new database for the office’s clients. I also helped many clients, primarily companies, digitise most of their work and enter a new era of online services by setting up digital technologies in their workplaces to remain competitive even during lockdowns. Read more...

Training at Work award

Virtual Dawn

Country: Finland

Virtual Dawn has been working on this method for over 12 months and will keep on doing this with future members of the team. Check out the link for the video one of our team members decided to create on how the game looks. Social Media

Category:  VET Innovators

Innovative VET provider award


Country: Greece

With 14 fields of study and 107 different specialties supported by 860 staff members, AKMI offers a dynamic professional start to 14 000 learners annually, fostered through strong links with companies that ensure a high potential for employment opportunities. In terms of internationalisation, AKMI is a member of the European Association of Institutes for Vocational Training (EVBB) and the European Training Foundation’s (ETF’s) Network of Excellence. It has links to 250+ partners in the EU, Africa and Asia, and participates in pilot staff and learner mobility projects between the EU and Africa, and the EU and the Western Balkans. Read more...

VET Researchers award

Researcher: Professor Linda Clarke

University: University of Westminster

Her recent work, focussing on climate change, includes: the EC-funded project ‘Inclusive VET for Low Energy Construction (VET4LEC)’ covering 10 European countries; and integrating climate literacy into the construction trades in Europe. Her publications include: ‘Overcoming diverse approaches to vocational education and training to combat climate change: the case of low energy construction in Europe’ with Sahin-Dikmen M. and Winch C., Oxford Review of Education, 46/5, 2020; and ‘Knowledge, Skills and Competence in the European Labour Market: What’s in a Vocational Qualification?’ with Winch C. and Brockmann M., Routledge, 2011. Read more...

The Entrepreneurial School - TES, JA Europe award

Vocational Education Competence Centre Riga State Technical School

Country: Latvia

We have launched collaborative plans to develop the entrepreneurial capacity of teachers in different subjects. The school’s long-term plan is focused on systemic activities promoting entrepreneurship, moving towards the involvement of the widest possible number of students in activities and emphasising socially responsible and economically appropriate actions regardless of profession. Read more...

Category: European funding for excellence in VET

European Social Fund Plus (ESF/ESF+) award

Project: Training of food production operators

Organisation: Piedmont Region

We wish to guide them towards an eco-friendly and ethical approach to consumption and towards more eco-friendly and sustainable agri-food processing. This approach builds on our mission to care for the earth’s bounty and to preserve and enhance raw materials, regions and cultures. The project includes plant cultivation using two aeroponic growing systems and the application of innovative processing techniques along the agri-food chain that allows our young students to acquire specific skills in plant production, sensory and qualitative analysis, primary and secondary processing, food preservation in drying cabinets and ovens, grinding of organic cereals with stone mills, cooking using multifunctional food processing benches, and transformation of organic waste.  Read more...

Erasmus+, Innovative curricula for the green transition award

Project: Veteran tree management skills certification (VETcert)

Organisation: Stiftelsen Pro Natura

It also established a transparent and objective examination procedure to test knowledge and skills related to veteran tree management. VETcert had 10 partners from seven countries and the VETcert certification process has already certified professionals from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Ireland, Spain, Sweden and the UK. By promoting better knowledge and providing guidance on the management of our most precious old trees and the species they support, the prospects of these treasures have been significantly improved. Read more...

Erasmus+, Learning opportunities for young people coming from disadvantaged backgrounds award

Project: Working for inclusion and equal opportunities for the most disadvantaged

Organisation: ALMI BILBAO SAL

Our Erasmus+ project ‘Working for inclusion and equal opportunities for the most disadvantaged’ arose in the academic year 2019-2020 to address a need that had emerged over the last few years: finding and implementing activities that improve the behaviour of young people who come to the centre, in many cases as the last option they find to achieve personal and professional development. Thanks to Erasmus+, we have seen how internationalisation can become a motivational epicentre that inspires the most disadvantaged students to become enthusiastic about their studies. Read more...

Category :  European Agencies

#CedefopPhotoAward “Your green or digital skills story”

Project: Cyclades

Organisation: The 5th Evening Vocational Educational High School of Patras

We remove and reuse marine litter from our region's coastline. Using natural pigments and tools, we not only give our found objects a second chance at life, but also preserve ecological integrity. Read more...

European Training Foundation (ETF) Green Skills Award

Environmental and Agricultural Education in School

Country: Georgia

It also summarises the knowledge the students will acquire and what skills will be developed through the activities and assignments presented within the topic. A training process for teachers and curriculum experts is currently being implemented. So far, more than 2 500 teachers have been trained who are now successfully implementing environmental and agricultural activities and spreading the knowledge among their students and colleagues as well. Read more...

Guest of Honour

Special Mention

Project: GRETA 

Country: Eighteen centres of vocational excellence (CoVEs) in eight countries are part of the GRETA initiative: Armenia (1), Georgia (1), Latvia (1), Serbia (1), Slovenia (1), Spain (2), Turkey (3), and Ukraine (8)

In addition to the prizes in the different categories, a special mention went to Ukrainian partners who, along with the European Training Foundation, have been reforming their education and training systems, focusing on qualifications, the future of skills in key economic sectors, and governance arrangements to modernise the system and to bring it closer to the system in the EU.


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