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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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Austria Ali Mahlodji Entrepeneur and Co-founder of
Belgium Lieselot Van Gysel Teacher of Mechanics, GTI Beveren
Croatia Morana Saračević/Martina Čičko-Karapetrić Fashion Designers, Boudoir
Cyprus Costas Argyrides Senior Member of Technical Staff, Advanced Micro Devices
Czech Republic Libor Witassek Cybernetician and Corporate Transformations Manager
Denmark Palle Damborg CEO, Jysk Display
Estonia Marko Ala CEO, Oot-Oot Studio
Germany Elke Büdenbender Spouse of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany
Greece Olga Papakyriakou Nurse
Hungary Miklós Beothy Mentor, Codecool
Ireland Margaret Reilly Entrepeneur, Grand Designs Kitchen & Bedrooms
Italy Paride Contin Project Engineer, Continental Automotive.
Latvia Katrina Elizabete Sile Graphic designer
Lithuania Gintautas Dervinis Director of sectoral practical training centre
Luxembourg Sebastien Detti Heating engineer
Malta Elaine Pavia Head of Services, Dar Merhba Bik Foundation
Netherlands Jinko Adams Urban Dance Artist
Poland Paweł Salamon Professional Chef
Portugal Ivo Soares Singer, Composer
Romania Mona Nicolici Head of Sustainability, OMV Petrom
Slovakia Jaroslav Baška President of the Self-governing Region of Trenčín
Spain Salvador Lorenzo Martínez Manager of Professional Integration and the School of Trainers, REPSOL
Sweden Pontus Slättman CEO, Worldskills Sweden
United Kingdom Jason Holt Jason Holt CBE, CEO of Holts Group of Companies
Pan-European Simon Bartley President, WorldSkills International
Pan-European Stephan Howeg Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Adecco


Award Winners

1.Companies and learners

European Alliance for Apprenticeships - Apprentice European Alliance for Apprenticeships - Large Companies European Alliance for Apprenticeships - Small Companies

Domenico Calabrese, Italy

ESB Networks DAC, Ireland Atelier du Pain, France
Training at Work International Skills Competition Junior Achievement (JA) Europe
Human Partner Sp. Z o.o. and Joanna Kamola, Poland Daniel Gerber, Skills of Electrical Installation, Switzerland Marmatia Technological High School, Simona ONA, Romania.


2. VET Innovators

Innovative VET Provider Special selection in the context of the European Year of Cultural Heritage Teacher and Trainer VET Researcher

Xabec Vocational Training Centre, Spain

Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France, France Joanna Żebrowska, Poland Learning Layers, Estonia


3. European Funding for Excellence

European Social Fund project Erasmus+ project

Closer to the Labour Market 2, Poland

Mobile Learning in VET towards 2020, Italy


4. European Agencies' awards

Cedefop VET Photo award European Training Foundation (ETF) 2018 Entrepreneurship Award

C. Force Team, Hungary

School of Chemical Technology, Subotica, Serbia

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