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European Vocational Skills Week
News announcement12 November 2020Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion1 min read

Great- grandfather's trade earns during studies


© 2020, Edvīns Sirmacis

I chose to became a carpenter due to my interest in this trade starting from the wood structure to tools. I had great-grandfather’s tools remained – gravers, planes and many other old time tools, which only strengthened my interest in carpentry. I made my mind to study vocational education not taking into account that it means a year more of studies for gaining the qualification. I must say I did not expect such a great support from the school and other people. I was able not only to gain qualitative, for labour market up-to dated education, but also to meet entrepreneurs who doing the same thing, but of course in other level. It is great that I was offered various scholarships. Currently I have scholarship from school’s patron and I also earn salary during my practise in the enterprise. I am sure to say that choosing vocational education has more pluses than minuses and what is for sure – work is on my doorstep!


  • Apprentice
  • Enterprise/employer
  • Student