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Highlights from European Vocational Skills Week

Digital Skills & Jobs Platform - 26/05/2022

Highlights from European Vocational Skills Week

The European Vocational Skills Week was held across Europe and beyond, from 16 to 20 May. Organised by the European Commission each year, it provides the opportunity to highlight and celebrate best practices in Vocational Education and Training (VET), bringing together stakeholders from local, to national and regional level, to show the benefits of VET to both young people and adults.

This year’s edition focused on "VET and the Green Transition", aiming to support people in developing the essential skills for the green transition, in line with the European Green Deal. With 986 events happening across 29 countries, the European Vocational Skills Week was estimated to reach 555.835 people around Europe.

European Vocational Skills Week 2022 also saw the flagship VET Excellence Awards, on 18 May, the European Commission announced winners of the flagship prizes in a variety of categories, including an accountancy apprentice from Greece, the Piedmont Region in Italy, and a Swedish tree care programme, received Excellence Awards, alongside 9 other winners.

Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, said: "The green transition can become a real job engine if people receive the right support they need to thrive in their careers and the changing labour markets. The VET Excellence Awards help us identify the best approaches to become fit for the green economy, overcoming today's labour shortages in key sectors such as construction, manufacturing, and energy. I would like to congratulate all the nominees and VET learners, and to thank the thousands of providers of vocational education and training for their dedication."

The Commission is actively promoting vocational education and training, as part of the European Pillar of Social Rights, particularly the right to education, training, and lifelong learning.

Discover more on European Vocational Skills Week and the VET Excellence Awards.

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