Key events of European Vocational Skills Week took place in Helsinki

EU2019FIMinistry of Education and Culture 21.10.2019 11.36
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Photo: Viivi Myllylä/ Prime Minister's Office

European Vocational Skills Week was celebrated across Europe on 14–18 October 2019. Key events took place in Helsinki as part of the Finnish Presidency programme.

The many meetings and conferences held during the week discussed the skills needed in working life, continuous learning, digital transformation and the quality of education provision. European top performers in the field of vocational skills received a VET Excellence Award during the week in Helsinki.

Vocational education and training and professional skills were showcased by students, teachers and professionals at the VETExpo exhibition at Finlandia Hall in Helsinki. The participants had the chance to familiarise themselves with a forest machine and truck simulator and AI applications.

Investing in skills – a Presidency priority

In the context of the week's events, Finnish Minister of Education Li Andersson highlighted investments in skills and competence as one of Finland’s Presidency priorities. “The attraction of VET is best improved by developing its quality and accessibility,” she wrote in her column on the Presidency website.

The Finnish Presidency of the EU emphasises the importance of education and skills for employment, innovation and wellbeing. “Finland will promote the debate on investments in education and training by holding the first-ever joint Council meeting for the EU ministers of education and finance,” said Minister Andersson.

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