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European Vocational Skills Week 2020

November 9 to 13 marks the European Vocational Skills Week 2020 that takes place digitally across the European Union. The events are organized under the auspices of the European Commission and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

This year, in particular, encourages people of all backgrounds to develop their skills through vocational education and training (VET). VET will be an important sector for economic and social recovery post-COVID-19.

What is the European Vocational Skills Week?

The European Vocational Skills Week is annual and hosts several events showcasing best practices in vocational education and training (VET). These events target local, regional, or national organizations that empower learners with the skills they require to succeed professionally.

Furthermore, the European Commission first launched this initiative in 2016 as part of the New Skills Agenda for Europe. Nowadays, it is an important European platform for VET stakeholders demonstrating the importance of VET to the European economy. Specifically, it emphasizes the benefits of investing in human resources to train young people or to upskill adults.

The agenda for the 2020 events

The focus this year is on higher VET and VET skills relevant to the green and digital transitions. For this reason, the theme of the events will revolve around the promotion of digital learning platforms. At the same time, it will raise awareness for lifelong and continuous education and on the implementation of sustainable VET practices.

In support of the European Vocational Skills Week 2020, participate 28 Ambassadors from 25 countries. They were nominated by the European Commission as examples to draw inspiration from concerning the benefits of VET. In addition, they are real-life examples of what VET can achieve and what it has in store for young people or other prospective learners.

iED’s contribution to VET

The Institute of Entrepreneurship Development (iED) is a warm proponent of VET, which is reflected in many of our implemented European projects. To name a few, the BIG InternPrize, eLead, and innotrain are just some of the projects that iED has incorporated VET successfully in its implementation.

Understanding the crucial role that VET can play for the future of the EU economy and the importance of training young people and life-long learning in general, we are constantly looking for partners to connect and collaborate with us. Become a partner today if you share the same vision with us.


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Vasilis Bouronikos
Content & Communication Manager

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