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#EU Vocational Skills Week

Building upon the stellar success of #EUVocationalSkillsWeek 1.0, the European Commission's initiative to highlight the benefits of better vocational education is here!

Building upon the stellar success of #EUVocationalSkillsWeek 1.0, the European Commission’s initiative to highlight the benefits of better vocational education and training (VET) is here again!

Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, says in a smart working world, vocational education and training is a smart choice. 'The perception that VET is the 'poor neighbour' of a university education is mistaken. It is not a poor neighbour, it's an equal! The Second European Vocational Skills Week will put a wealth of opportunities and experiences from across Europe in the limelight to show that VET and apprenticeships are a great first choice."

More than 1200+ events and activities have been taking place across Europe and beyond in the lead up. As a key strategic partner, the ETF has been busy taking the initiative to Europe's neighbourhood, with 35+ events in partner countries including Albania, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo*, Serbia, Moldova, Montenegro, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine. The European Commission has been highlighting events on an interactive map. Take a look!

The European Commission initiative to raise the profile of vocational education wraps-up in Brussels from 22-24 November, when policymakers, educators, business leaders and other stakeholders involved in vocational education gather in for a three-day action-packed programme, covering skills and digitalisation, work-based learning, professional mobility, innovation and competitiveness.

ETF Director Cesare Onestini will host a special Q&A panel of speakers from Australia, China and the United States of America on Friday 24 November, discussing vocational skills in a fast-changing globalised world. This will be followed by a special award ceremony where the winner of the Torino Process Award: Entrepreneurship Key Competence will be announced. Stay tuned!

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Can't make it to Brussels? Highlights of European Vocational Skills Week programme will be streamed live (Nov 22-24). Tune-in here. You can also join the conversation on social media @etfeuropa! #EUVocationalSkills #DiscoverYourTalent!

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence