With Ukraine foremost on their minds, EU policymakers, VET providers, students, industry leaders, and government representatives described the role of VET in helping those fleeing the war in Ukraine, and shared their insights on the other challenges and opportunities VET brings to a greener and more inclusive world. A special mention was also made of the GRETA project honouring Ukraine during the flagship VET Excellence Awards, which took place on the first day of the EU Conference (18-19 May).
In his keynote speech to the EU Conference, Nicolas Schmit, EU Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, poignantly said that ‘when we decided to dedicate the Vocational and Education Skills Week to skills for the green economy, we could not imagine the tragic turn of events in Ukraine. Green skills are becoming even more important to the Union, and clearly VET can support the integration of people from Ukraine. What has been highlighted throughout the Week is the solidarity and hope we have for all these people’.
- Publication date
- 3 June 2022
- Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion