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European Vocational Skills Week
News announcement7 January 2019Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Engaging with like-minded vocational students

Spanish Apprentices Network

I attended Skills Week 2018 as part of a Spanish apprentices organisation within a European network. Spain, unlike many across the EU, has its own apprenticeship organisation.

While attending European Vocational Skills Week, I have seen just how much of a difference this event actually makes. In meetings, you can hear about the experiences of students directly. This is more beneficial for people going through similar situations, to be able to hear from others and identify with their own particular issues and problems.

I think the greatest thing I will take away from EU Vocational Skills Week will be the experience of meeting and interacting with people from Finland, Poland, Czech Republic and many more countries. It is crucial that we engage with likeminded vocational students, as we are all young people trying to harness a vocational skill. We have the same desire and willingness to learn, as well as the same needs.

Regardless of nationality, we are all students and apprentices. Concerning our education, we should be treating Europe as one country for training and development, which would not only create opportunities and freedom for young people, but would also allow people like myself to travel freely with work to different countries and regions.

Jorge Rodriguez Mendiz

Spanish Apprentices Network: Somos FP Dual, Spain