Grand Finale at the European Vocational Skills Week

The fourth European Vocational Skills Week, 9-13 November 2020, is living up to the success of the previous years in showcasing a range of outstanding practices in vocational education and training.

This year’s finalists for the European Training Foundation Skills and Innovation Award, Moldova's Centre of Excellence in Construction and Belarus' Republican Institute for Vocational Education (RIPO), are aligned for the grand finale foreseen today: the European Skills Week Award Ceremony. Both institutions stand out in innovation and digital skills are an inspiration for the whole learning community, and the best project in innovative courses and teaching methods will make it to the podium.

The Centre of Excellence in Construction in Moldova

The centre has developed a program to train the trainers in the construction sector, so that they can move towards distance learning. The methodology consists in combining classical and more high-tech distance learning.  After the course, construction trainers can successfully design a distance education course, and students are ready for the profession.

The Republican Institute for Vocational Education (RIPO) in Belarus

The institute has developed a skills upgrading curriculum targeting teachers and trainers, which focuses on interactive, multimedia and cloud technologies in vocational education. In the program, trainers are actively involved in developing assessment criteria, and they experience peer, digital, and project-based learning. At the end of the course, teachers can design and implement modern multimedia lessons, and deliver them online. 


The Vocational Education and Training Excellence Awards are an important element of the European Vocational Skills Week. They highlight best practice and recognise excellence in vocational education and training all over Europe and in the countries neighbouring the EU.  It fosters network building and new career opportunities. Winners of the awards become ambassadors in their field.

The ETF Innovation and Skills Award celebrates examples of good practice in teaching and learning for digital competence development. Learning design and new/innovative approaches to the development of digital competences are the key selection criteria. Voting was open until November 10, with 50% of the vote weighting from a public vote and 50% from the ETF selection committee.

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