EVTA’s ViP-NExT December Events: Elevating the VET Sector through Innovation and Collaboration

EVTA’s ViP-NExT December Events: Elevating the VET Sector through Innovation and Collaboration

This December, EVTA marked a successful celebration across three days full of activities. On the 5th, EVTA hosted its General Assembly and Community Meetup, setting the stage for collaborative discussions within the VET sector, including EVTA’s board, members, partners and stakeholders. The experience continued on the 6th with the Annual Policy Forum and the inaugural session of the EU Project Hackathon, delving into innovative initiatives. As the excitement peaked, the second part of the EU Project Hackathon unfolded on the 7th, crowning the series of events with dynamic engagement and forward-thinking strategies.

December 5th – General Assembly and Community Meetup

The 5th of December 2023, we marked the kickoff of the ViP-NExT December Events at the EVTA premises. It was a momentous occasion where our esteemed members, dedicated staff, valued partners, and expansive network came together to commemorate another year of relentless dedication to the enhacement of the VET sector.

During our General Assembly, the EVTA network had the privilege of meeting and greeting our new members, who are now joining forces with us in our collective pursuit of advancing vocational and educational training in Europe:

  • Fondazione Enaip Don Agostini presented by Sara Palladini
  • Fundacja VCC presented by Rafal Golab
  • Generation presented by Minh Huy Lai
  • Pytheia Competence Center presented by Vassilis Siomadis
  • AFPAR presented by Frederic Dijoux

To conclude the first day of our December Events, participants gathered once more in the evening for the Community Meetup, fostering a culture of health, well-being, and occupational safety within the education and training, employment, and lifelong learning sectors. This gathering brought together key stakeholders, including training providers, policymakers, and industry representatives, to explore and present initiatives supporting the holistic development of individuals engaged in vocational training.

The focus on the intersection of health, well-being, and occupational safety provided a platform for sharing insights and collaborative strategies to enhance the overall quality of vocational training programs and the quality of life for all those involved. Additionally, the OSHVET initiative, in which EVTA is now a partner, was further promoted. This initiative aims to raise awareness of occupational safety and health (OSH) among teachers and students in VET, providing practical information and resources at regional and national levels across EU, EFTA, and accession countries.

December 6th – Annual Policy Forum – Skills for life: shaping the future of Europe through education and training.

The 6th of December, EVTA hosted the Annual Policy Forum, facilitated by our dedicated EU Policy Officer, Alessandra Frassetto.

The event kicked off with inspiring words from EVTA President, Giorgio Sbrissa, and EVTA Secretary General, Giulia Meschino.

One of the highlights of the day was an engaging panel discussion, “Voices from Our Stakeholders,” featuring esteemed guests:

  • Hjørdis V Dalsgaard – DG EMPL, European Commission
  • Brikena Xhomaqi – Lifelong Learning Platform – European Civil Society for Education
  • David Timis – Generation
  • Panagiotis (Pete) Chatzimichail – Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions

The session delved into crucial topics, paving the way for a stimulating conversation on how Vocational and Educational Training can shape the future of Europe. Notable representatives from EfVET, Paolo Nardi, and, European Association of Institutes for Vocational Training (EVBB), Sotiria Tsalamani, also joined the discussion, adding valuable perspectives and, together with EVTA, presented THE EVENT: The European Agenda for the Future of VET – A Training Providers Statement. This collaboration brings together the expertise of three leading associations in Vocational Education and Training to shape the future of skills development across Europe.

December 6th and 7th – EU Project Hackathon

The EU Project Hackathon provided a remarkable platform for collaboration, fostering a space where incredible ideas were born with the potential to shape the future of VET.

During the kickoff, Marta Muñoz Martí, from the European Commission, enlightened our participants about the vast possibilities within the Erasmus+ programme.

Participants were organised into dynamic groups, each led by inspiring mentors with expertise in specific domains. Pauline Boivin guided discussions on Education, Dimitris Kokkalis delved into Sustainability, Silvia Genero championed Social Inclusion, Dr Danijela Manic focused on Skills and Workplace, and Peppino Franco contributed on exploring diverse ideas.

The first day was an exhilarating experience filled with brainstorming, idea exchange, and team building, witnessing the enthusiasm and creativity flowing among participants.

During the second day, Patricia Castellarnau from the European Investment Bank (EIB), shed light on various funding opportunities. Our participants seized this unique chance to refine and structure their concepts, thanks to the mentor’s guidance and the cooperation within their groups. The result? A collective leap toward more developed project concepts and newfound connections with potential partners.