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European Vocational Skills Week

November 5, 2018 - November 9, 2018


European Vocational Skills Week 2018

What is VET?

VET plays a key role in the lifelong learning continuum by providing young people with initial qualifications they need for a smooth transition to the labour market, as well as adults with the means to continuously upskills and reskill throughout their lives. VET responds to the needs of the economy but also to develop people´s skills for personal development and active citizenship.

What is the EVSW about?

VET offers people of all ages an excellent opportunity to develop their skills, prepare for jobs, and improve their employability. Through the EVSW, we want to raise awareness of the wide range of opportunities available through VET, and encourage more people to participate and learn what it has to offer.

What will happen during this initiative?

During the main week in Vienna, a series of events and activities will also take place – including a press conference, conferences, workshops, visits, and an awards ceremony. The week is underpinned by a sustained communication campaign. The communications campaign and the national/regional/local events and activities will showcase excellence, raise awareness, and promote VET throughout the year up to the Week itself.


A packed agenda, including a wide range of events and networking opportunities, has been announced for this year’s European Vocational Skills Week. Taking place in Vienna, Austria, from Monday 5 November until Friday 9 November, the event timetable includes a conference on the future of VET, site visits, an “Open Minds” evening, an award nominees celebration – and much more!

  • Monday 5 November

A press conference will take place on the first morning of the event, before Commissioner Thyssen will visit a VET school in Belgium. There will be a variety of national opening events. In the afternoon, the events will begin in Vienna, with a variety of VET site visits. Senior Member State government officials for vocational training will meet.  

  • Tuesday 6 November

The second day will take place at Austria Center in Vienna, with senior government officials meetings taking place all day, alongside a EQAVET Forum in the afternoon.

  • Wednesday 7 November

A series of events will take place on the third day at the Austrian Economic Chambers, including VET site visits, meetings of EU VET researchers and providers, and the European Apprentice Network. The European Vocational Skills Conference will begin in the afternoon. There will be networking opportunities over dinner. An ‘Open Minds’ evening will encourage people to choose any VET topic and discuss freely.

  • Thursday 8 November 

The fourth day will begin with a continuation of the European Vocational Skills Conference. The afternoon will host the European Alliance for Apprenticeships, which will celebrate its 5th anniversary and launch of support services. Alongside, will be the EU-OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) Forum, where discussions will be around making adult learning work for the future. The evening will celebrate the 2018 European Vocational Skills Week award nominees at the Museumsquartier.

  • Friday 9 November

The Week will end on the Friday at the Austrian Economic Chambers with a European Vocational Skills Week Closing Conference and a lunch for participants to enjoy before leaving.


For the full timetable for the week’s events, as well as venue information and timings, head here.



November 5, 2018
November 9, 2018
Event Category:


European Commission


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