The #CedefopPhotoAward 2021 video winning team, from Poland, visited Cedefop on 20 June to receive their prizes from Executive Director Jürgen Siebel.

IT students Łukasz Bełczowski, Karolina Mruk, Jakub Sajda and Aleksandra Dulny, from the vocational school Niepubliczne Technikum im. gen. W. Andersa w Opatowie, accompanied by their teacher Hubert Grześkiewicz, met with Mr Siebel and Cedefop Head of Communication Gerd-Oskar Bausewein. After receiving their prizes and certificates, they were given a tour of the Cedefop headquarters, in Thessaloniki.

The 18-year-old students won the video part of the competition with their ‘story of two worlds that simply have nothing in common except school address; about students of IT and Stylist technical secondary school; about how we found the bridge allowing them to work together and learn from each other, and finally true bond was created.’

Welcoming the team, Mr Siebel expressed his fascination at how creative young people are and at how students from different faculties can collaborate to achieve a great result. He added that vocational education and training (VET) gives people the skills they need and wished the young visitors make a mark on society with their knowledge and work.

Video winners receive their awards

Mr Grześkiewicz thanked Cedefop for the opportunity to take part in and win the competition, adding that he is proud of his students. ‘We had a lot of fun doing this project and showing the world how we try to change our school, by updating the curriculum and the infrastructure,’ he noted.

Mr Bausewein added: ‘It is a pleasure to meet the winners of this year’s category “best video”: young, creative and passionate students, who impressively have proven again that VET is a first choice and not a second option.’

It took the Polish team 5 working days to produce the 60-second video, using the latest mobile equipment in the school’s state-of-the-art studio. All team members said they had fun in the process and were amazed at winning and visiting Greece as part of their prize, a trip that for some is their first outside Poland.