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European Vocational Skills Week
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European Vocational Skills Week 2022

Spring 2022

The Week 2018

Summary of the week

The third edition of the European Vocational Skills Week, organised in cooperation with the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU, took place in Vienna from 5 to 9 November 2018. The event brought together a wide range of stakeholders from across Europe to share their perspectives on Vocational Education and Training (VET) and its role in the future of work. As in previous years, the Week in 2018 aimed to promote VET as a way to help young and adult learners discover their talents and as a smart choice that leads to high-quality jobs and increased employability. Quality education, effective promotion of apprenticeships and inclusive policies to accommodate the most vulnerable groups were also emphasised during the discussions of the Week. The event focused on the future of VET: how it might evolve and what challenges it will face.

Events and activities

Over 1,800 national, regional and local events and activities were organised in the context of the third edition of the European Vocational Skills Week. Events and activities took place in 45 countries, including all the EU Member States and 17 non-EU countries, reaching more than 2.4 million people.

Key figures

The week 2018 - Key figures
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AustriaAli MahlodjiEntrepeneur and Co-founder of
BelgiumLieselot Van GyselTeacher of Mechanics, GTI Beveren
CroatiaMorana Saračević/Martina Čičko-KarapetrićFashion Designers, Boudoir
CyprusCostas ArgyridesSenior Member of Technical Staff, Advanced Micro Devices
Czech RepublicLibor WitassekCybernetician and Corporate Transformations Manager
DenmarkPalle DamborgCEO, Jysk Display
EstoniaMarko AlaCEO, Oot-Oot Studio
GermanyElke BüdenbenderSpouse of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany
GreeceOlga PapakyriakouNurse
HungaryMiklós BeothyMentor, Codecool
IrelandMargaret ReillyEntrepeneur, Grand Designs Kitchen & Bedrooms
ItalyParide ContinProject Engineer, Continental Automotive.
LatviaKatrina Elizabete SileGraphic designer
LithuaniaGintautas DervinisDirector of sectoral practical training centre
LuxembourgSebastien DettiHeating engineer
MaltaElaine PaviaHead of Services, Dar Merhba Bik Foundation
NetherlandsJinko AdamsUrban Dance Artist
PolandPaweł SalamonProfessional Chef
PortugalIvo SoaresSinger, Composer
RomaniaMona NicoliciHead of Sustainability, OMV Petrom
SlovakiaJaroslav BaškaPresident of the Self-governing Region of Trenčín
SpainSalvador Lorenzo MartínezManager of Professional Integration and the School of Trainers, REPSOL
SwedenPontus SlättmanCEO, Worldskills Sweden
United KingdomJason HoltJason Holt CBE, CEO of Holts Group of Companies
Pan-EuropeanSimon BartleyPresident, WorldSkills International
Pan-EuropeanStephan HowegChief Marketing and Communications Officer, Adecco


Award Winners

1.Companies and learners

European Alliance for Apprenticeships - ApprenticeEuropean Alliance for Apprenticeships - Large CompaniesEuropean Alliance for Apprenticeships - Small Companies

Domenico Calabrese, Italy

ESB Networks DAC, IrelandAtelier du Pain, France
Training at WorkInternational Skills CompetitionJunior Achievement (JA) Europe
Human Partner Sp. Z o.o. and Joanna Kamola, PolandDaniel Gerber, Skills of Electrical Installation, SwitzerlandMarmatia Technological High School, Simona ONA, Romania.


2. VET Innovators

Innovative VET ProviderSpecial selection in the context of the European Year of Cultural HeritageTeacher and TrainerVET Researcher

Xabec Vocational Training Centre, Spain

Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France, FranceJoanna Żebrowska, PolandLearning Layers, Estonia


3. European Funding for Excellence

European Social Fund projectErasmus+ project

Closer to the Labour Market 2, Poland

Mobile Learning in VET towards 2020, Italy


4. European Agencies' awards

Cedefop VET Photo awardEuropean Training Foundation (ETF) 2018 Entrepreneurship Award

C. Force Team, Hungary

School of Chemical Technology, Subotica, Serbia

More Information

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