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European Vocational Skills Week

Newsletter 12 | December 2022

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Welcome to the last newsletter of the 6th edition of the European Vocational Skills Week. We also take this opportunity send our best wishes to you and your families for happy holidays and success in 2023!

We thank all of you for your interest, support and collaboration. We are excited to share our results with you. EVSW counted 1,387 events, including dozens of webinars. Our activities covered 33 countries and soared online, reaching 29 million social media users.

We encourage you to continue to create, support and inspire the very best practices in Vocational Education and Training (VET), through events by local, regional and national organisations, and other VET partners.

Let’s keep talking on social media. Use #EUVocationalSkills and #DiscoverYourTalent to follow the conversation online.

VET Stats

5 years on: European Pillar of Social Rights

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2 years and 1,000 members: Pact for Skills

Erasmus+ Programme Guide 2023

Erasmus+ Programme Guide 2023

The 2023 Erasmus+ call for proposals and Programme Guide have been published! The Guide is available online, in a user-friendly and accessible format to make it easier to find information, and as a PDF file to download.

Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth, and sport in Europe. There are approximately EUR 495 million available for vocational education and training (VET) mobility, the highest budget ever dedicated to this purpose. It supports priorities and activities set out in the European Education Area, the Digital Education Action Plan, and the European Skills Agenda and reinforces the European Pillar of Social Rights.

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EAfA on how to promote apprenticeships for SMEs

EAfA on how to promote apprenticeships for SMEs

The European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA) organised a live discussion on how to promote apprenticeships for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on 14 December. Participants discussed policy, campaigns and the different instruments used to involve SMEs in apprenticeship programmes across Europe.

The discussion featured Valentina Guerra (Social Affairs and Training Policy Adviser, SMEUnited) as a keynote speaker and a panel made up of representatives from SMEs and regional and national VET entities. They presented the benefits of apprenticeships, how to design a communications strategy and how to approach learners and companies.

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The 9th EAfA online training module on Communicating Apprenticeships

The European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA) launched its latest online training. The 9th online training module provides an overview of what attracts potential apprentices and serves as a collection of ideas, practices and examples for communicating apprenticeships to different target groups.

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2022 Forum on Vocational Excellence in San Sebastian

2022 Forum on Vocational Excellence in San Sebastian

The 2022 Forum on Vocational Excellence took place on 15 and 16 November 2022 in San Sebastian, Spain. This first international meeting of partners involved in initiatives on vocational excellence included panel discussions and parallel sessions covering some of the most pressing issues from smart specialisation to social inclusion.

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Webinar: How to promote VET as a path for reskilling and upskilling

More VET stories from across Europe

More VET stories from across Europe

It’s story time! Check out our four latest VET stories online. Read about an IT apprentice in Valencia; a volunteering opportunity to empower women in need through VET; employment opportunities in the great outdoors for young people from Spain, Ireland and Poland; and small electric cars in Slovenia.

Link your event

Don’t forget to link your VET event or activity to #EUVocationalSkills Week 2022 (the Week), as long as it takes place within this calendar year. Join the hundreds of VET events now linked to the Week and cross promote your VET event or activity. We will provide you with a myriad of resources and information to help you promote your happening.

Register your event

Sign up for VET events

Discover exciting VET events to upskill and reskill in line with the twin green and digital transition and other areas of VET – all focused on helping you achieve your goals.

Don’t wait!

Check out VET events around Europe and neighbouring countries

Discover your NCP

National Contact Points (#NCPs) have been instrumental in the success of the #EUVocationalSkills Week! They have pulled out all the stops getting people on board and have truly supported local VET event organisers to get their message out and gain publicity for their events.

Discover your NCP

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Inspire others to discover their passion or calling in life by posting your unique VET story. Help others follow in your footsteps.

#EUVocationalSkills | #DiscoverYourTalent.

Share your VET story

Library of VET stories

Explore our wonderful library of engaging VET stories on the 2022 European Vocational Skills website

Networking Tool B2Match

Get networking on the European Vocational Skills Week’s networking tool. Here’s your chance to forge new links and create new initiatives with like-minded VET partners.

Sign up to B2Match

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