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The European Vocational Skills Week 2019 in Helsinki has come to an end and what a terrific event it has been!
To all those who participated and attended, we would first like to extend our thanks for your involvement, support and dedication. It is the passion and commitment of our event and activity organisers - whether you attended the Week itself or not - that have made our fourth annual Week a huge success!

For all those who were unable to take part this year, do not fear! Below is a comprehensive roundup of everything you may have missed, from keynote speakers and VET Excellence Awards winners to events, stories shared and photos captured from the venue.

All this and more in the features below...
The fourth European Vocational Skills Week took place from 14-18 October 2019. Key events and activities took place in Helsinki, organised in close cooperation with the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Key events and activities during the Week included discussions on ‘VET for ALL – Skills for life’, our main theme this year. They highlighted the accessibility of VET and its lifelong learning value, and there was a celebration of the excellence in VET through the series of Awards that were conferred.  All of this, combined with a wide variety of immersive discussions and networking opportunities for attendees!

Check out the Daily Highlights from the Week for a summary of the events and activities that took place in both Helsinki and at local, regional and national level. You can also see updates on the dedicated Facebook event page.

A variety of national opening events were also being held in other EU Member States, candidate countries and EFTA/EEA countries, along with hundreds of VET-related events and activities at local and regional level, that associated with the Week. With over 1500 events45 countries with registered activities, and 2.5 million people reached, the event has never been bigger!

No matter how large or small the event, the size of the budget or footfall, as long as the event is taking place during 2019 it can still be registered on the European Vocational Skills Week 2019 website.
If you would like to view photos from the events and activities in Helsinki, visit our Flickr album!
If you weren’t able to attend the Week in Helsinki, or simply want to relive the highlights, there are a series of live recordings available for you to watch!

Videos are available for a number of sessions that took place. Take a look and catch up on what you may have missed.
Once again this year, a public vote was made available for VET Awards nominees, giving all our followers, VET professionals and event organisers a say in the final award decisions in each case.

During the prestigious ceremony, 13 winners were presented their awards by Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, and were recognised for their commitment and outstanding achievements in the field of vocational education and training.

The winners of the VET Excellence Awards 2019 are:

Companies & Learners Awards
  • Large company: Hidromek A.Ş.
  • SME: Limerick Strand Hotel
  • Apprentice: Samuel Gilmore
  • Training at Work Award: Hot & Cold Therm
VET Innovators winners
  • Innovative VET Provider: Akademie Deutsches Bäckerhandwerk Weinheim
  • Teacher and Trainer: Mr Markku Vengasaho
  • VET Researcher: Prof. Fernando Marhuenda
  • Entrepreneurial School Awards TES: Gradia Vocational Institute
European Agencies Awards
  • ETF Entrepreneurship award: University of Alexandria
  • #CedefopPhotoAward: HTBLVA Graz – Ortweinschule
European Funding for Excellence
  • ESF project: Empleando Digital
  • Erasmus+ project: Developing Work Based Learning Model for VET
  • Social Inclusion: New didactical models for initial VET training of young disadvantaged persons to reduce drop out
International Awards (Guests of Honour)
  • International Skills Competitions Awards-WorldSkills 2019
  • UNESCO-UNEVOC Skills in Action Photo Competition
For more information on all VET Excellence Awards 2019 winners and nominees, click the button:
Couldn’t attend the main events in Helsinki? Not to worry, you can catch up on the main events and activities of the Week in our daily highlights section:
All events must come to an end but your stories can live on if you share them!

Did you join us in Helsinki? Whether you participated as an event organiser, a trainer, a policymaker or simply attended to discover the latest news from the world of vocational education and training, we want to hear about your experience of the Week!

Be inspired by our latest stories, then submit your own of up to 500 words and help us promote the opportunities that VET has to offer.

Fill out our short form now.
While you’re at it, why not hear more inspiring testimonials by visiting our dedicated stories page.

And now, here’s our Story of the Month…
Congratulations to Daniela Ionele Elena from Romania, whose story became the most popular on our website for September!

In her account, Daniela tells us about recent mobility projects at Treboniu Laurian Technical College in Agnita. These sessions were offered to students for their professional development and familiarisation with the work requirements of a Western European company.

For the full story, click below…
Did you know that more than 100 Employers Days are being organised across Europe as part of European Vocational Skills Week?  The upcoming Forecasting Employment Needs conference in Slovenia or the IV Professional Training Technical Conference in Spain are just two examples.

Employers’ Days are an effective way of both finding the right talent to meet specific business requirements and raising awareness of available opportunities.

The topics are varied and range from forecasting employment needs to promoting skills development, from inclusion of disadvantaged groups to new forms of work.

Find out about Employers’ Days near you, or register your own:
You can still join the conversation about the European Vocational Skills Week and talk all things related to vocational education and training on social media.

Finally, some breaking news: the fifth edition of the European Vocational Skills Week has been announced by Commissioner Marianne Thyssen! The 2020 edition will take place from 9-13 November 2020 in Berlin (Germany) and the theme will be VET excellence and digitalisation.

Use our dedicated hashtags #DiscoverYourTalent and #EUVocationalSkills.
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