Following the resounding success of the first European vocational skills week in 2016, a second instalment will take place in Brussels and across Europe in 2017 (20 to 24 November). The week, organised by the European Commission, with Cedefop as one of the partners, aims to showcase vocational education and training’s excellence.

Events and activities related to the week, organised at national, regional and local levels, have started taking place across Europe from 1 September.

Cedefop is contributing with various events and active input in November’s Brussels showstopper. It starts with the policy learning forum on apprenticeships (7-8 September), followed by a conference on the impact of the national qualifications frameworks (9-10 November) and ReferNet’s annual plenary meeting (29-30 November) – all in Thessaloniki.

In addition, the first winners of 2017’s #CedefopPhotoAward will receive their award from European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Marianne Thyssen at the week’s closing ceremony on 24 November.

Last year, more than 900 activities and events registered as part of the week took place in EU Member States, EFTA and EU candidate countries, with over 600 people attending the closing ceremony. The organisers aim for even greater involvement this year.

As more and more activities are being registered for the second European vocational skills week, you can keep track and take part in the discussion on social media using #EUVocationalSkills.