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European Vocational Skills Week
News article1 October 2019Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion1 min read

European Vocational Skills Week 2019: Art and design events show creatives can find success with vocational training

Attendees at a previous Crafted Festival event

A range of art and design events are taking place during European Vocational Skills Week 2019, promoting creative routes into employability.

Arts and Design Vocational Skills Day, Ireland, 13 November 2019

Colaiste Stiofain Naofa College in Cork is hosting an event in conjunction with European Vocational Skills Week. The college will be encouraging young students and adult learners to explore a range of art and design skills, and to consider the college's specialist Vocational Education and Training (VET) programmes.

Afternoon workshops and seminars will be held on print-making; collaging; laser-cutting; 3D scanning and animation, amongst others.

The Irish college will also host an in-house exhibition by staff members to help students understand the VET programmes its art department offers.

Organiser Stefanie Dinkelbach outlined that VET is a fantastic path for young people and adult learners who might consider vocational training as a career option. She explained that “Students [...] use the opportunity to gain skills, confidence and maturity before embarking on their studies at third level institutions in Ireland and abroad”.

Visitors will be invited to workshops on 13 November 2019.

Find out more about this event here.

Crafted Festival, Netherlands, 25 June 2020

Crafted Festival in the Netherlands is one of the largest VET events being held as part of European Vocational Skills Week 2019, attracting thousands of visitors to their creative craftsmanship festivals.

The event aims to stimulate creative trainees with sessions on fashion, food, design, music, and more.

Previously, volunteers have gained new skills assisting on photo shoots, and operating machinery in an engineering workshop.

Event organiser Margreet Monhemius says that: “Creativity and collaboration are the most important skills to teach young people.”

This event will take place on 25 June 2020.

Find out more about the Crafted Festival here.

If you would like to attend a similar event near you, browse VET events here.

If you would like to register your own event as part of European Vocational Skills Week 2019, you can do so here.