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    Quality in Action

     Putting the Learner at the forefront of everything we do!!!


    26th to 29th October 2016 – Valencia, Spain

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On this our 25th Anniversary Conference let us celebrate the Quality of VET in action and explore how Quality can be further embedded in all aspects of our activities – both at strategic level and operational/delivery levels.  Quality takes many forms and should form the driver for improvements in VET.  Quality starts by putting the Learner first; at the heart of everything we do;

 How do we raise the Learners experience?

There are so many aspects to this debate but all have an influence on quality; on perceptions; on learners motivation.  Conference will encourage participants to share good practice in a range of areas.

  • How do VET institutions promote high esteem and attractiveness of VET opportunities?
  • How do VET institutions implement new teaching and learning methodologies to create a stimulate ing, motivating and inspirational learning experience e.g.:  Co-creation as a methodology;  innovative learning environments ; harness digital technologies; build partnerships with stakeholders to promote Aprrenticeships and meaningful work related opportunities?
  • How can Internationalisation assist in promoting quality and opportunity in the learner experience – what is the value added?
  • How can ECVET; EQF and other European tools support quality in VET?
  • How can VET institutions support and up skill their teachers and trainers – they are our most valuable resource? Let us share approaches to Continuing Professional Development?

Key note presentations will be complemented by interactive focus groups on a variety of related and key priorities facing VET institutions. These will offer delegates the opportunity to share approaches and methodologies drawn from across Europe and sharing good practice models of engagement through case studies and good examples.

This year the focus groups will take a slightly different format, more in the form of focus groups tackling specific aspects of each topic and identifying potential solutions to meet the challenges.

Focus groups will include the following topical issues facing VET institutions:  Each will consist of small working teams, transnational in nature, to explore key sub topics.  delegates will be encouraged to actively participate in sharing good practice.

  1. The Learning space – impact on learning – motivation / creativity / innovation – ensuring Learners have transferable skills and ability to adapt to change – new skills demands. Co-creativity as a model – exploring the learning environment on the quality of the learner’s experience.
  1. Entering the Digital era of learning – a new skills agenda for Europe: Digital skills are essential to perform in all sorts of jobs, work processes and everyday life in a digitalised economy.
  1. Adult training as an answer to skills demand: The role of VET institutions ad stakeholders in driving the skills agenda taking in to account the need to re-train and up-skill not only new entrants to the labour market but existing employees. This focus group will also look at the need to raise the skill levels of all Adults including migrant populations – how do we ensure opportunity for all.  Share good practice, approaches from around Europe in this regard.  What engagement strategies work
  1. Changing tasks of Teachers and TrainersChanging tasks of teachers, changing attitudes and behaviour of learners. Teacher vs. Coach?  What are the implications for Continuous Professional Development – what actions will lead to change and how will this impact on Quality?
  1. Internationalisation and its importance in Quality VET: How to make Erasmus+ and other international activities a strategic driver in the VET college. How does Internationalisation and improved transnational mobility for learners and staff impact on Quality of VET with in an institution?  What does Internationalisation bring to curriculum change?  How best do we ensure added value in this regard?  
  1. Implementing ECVET and European Tools: An exploration of the impact. – an exploration of the impact of these and other initiatives on improvements in VET across Europe? How best can we work with the tools in a VET college? What are their strengths and weaknesses?

In addition, members and delegates are invited to disseminate their European partnership project outcomes and results to a wide audience through the Round table sessions and promote their innovatory development initiatives.

Conference will continue to be highly interactive, providing considerable opportunity to network and find new partnerships. By popular demand, the mobility marketplace is back providing delegates with a forum session to meet prospective new partners in the promotion and implementation of transnational mobility (Erasmus + Key Action 1) and share ideas and partnership (under Erasmus + Key Action 2 – Strategic Partnership).  This session will enable potential partnerships to come together and provide time and space for exploring new project initiatives and networking.


The City of Valencia

Spain_location_map.svgThe city of Valencia is the capital of the “Comunidad Valenciana” and the province of Valencia. It is located in the middle-east of Spain, on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. The city is considered the third largest city of the Spanish State, according to its population rate, 1.500.000 inhabitants.

The province of Valencia has an area of approximately 10,807 km². Inland, you can find mountainous areas whilst on the coast the land is completely flat, and has many beaches as well as La Albufera, the largest lake in Spain and one of the most important wetland areas in the Iberian Peninsula.

Valencia was founded in the year 138 B.C by the Romans, who established their Forum in the Plaza de la Almoina, under which lies today a museum of Roman ruins. After the Romans, the Visigoths arrived in Valencia but in 714, the Muslims established control of the city, a situation that lasted until 1238 when King Jaime I of Valencia ousted them. The Arabs left a profound legacy with their irrigation systems, recipes and artistic influences that are relevant and noticeable right up to the present day.


Valencia is a Mediterranean city that invites one and all to enjoy its diversity and unforgettable charisma. It is a city of contrasts, proud of its illustrious, deep rooted history whilst being at the cutting edge of all the latest social and technological developments. It is city open to all, accessible to everyone, it is a city which can be enjoyed by all residents and visitors alike.

Valencia is a city for encounters and contrasts. The legacy left by the cultures and civilisations which have reached these shores in the past still remains alive in the city’s monuments and streets, not to mention in its people’s hearts. Business and trade coexist with leisure and culture. Valencia is a city that never sleeps. It has a rich cultural life with festivals, concerts, shows and exhibitions all year round.

A city like this can be enjoyed with all five senses. Dialogues flow smoothly, ideas float back and forth easily, lines of communication are always open and people feel at their ease. Valencia invites you to indulge your passion for the art of encounters.


Valencia enjoys a mild temperate Mediterranean climate. The average annual temperature is 17ºC with warm summers and very mild winters, rarely below 10ºC. There is only light rainfall mainly in autumn and the beginning of spring.

Check the weather here!

The work and outcomes of the Conference will be focused toward the preparation of a conference report and findings to go to the European Commission, other stakeholders and interested parties throughout Europe.

Moreover – Conference will gather specific good practices and case studies from member institutions on each of the topic areas for publication and sharing across our membership and the wider stakeholders in Education and Training – at European and global level!



Soledad Iglesias Jiménez

Deputy-Director General for Guidance and VET - Ministry of E.C.S. Spain

University degree in Biological Sciences, Complutense University of Madrid.

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Joachim James Calleja

Director of CEDEFOP

Mr James Calleja has been involved in vocational training since 2001. 

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Dana-Carmen Bachmann

Head of Unit E.3 - VET, Apprenticeships & Adult Learning - European Commission

Dana Bachmann joined the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission in January 2015.

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Andy Warren

Jaguar Land Rover

Andy has more than 30 years’ experience in industry including roles in Engineering, Lean Improvement and

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Belén Martín Sanz

Commercial Director BANKIA

Belén Martín has a Degree in Economics and Business from UAM (Madrid), Executive Program for women in Senior Management at ESADE, MBA from IADE (Madrid) and International Trade Master from CESMA (Madrid).

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Essi Ryymin

Educator, Researcher and Coach in Finland

Dr. Essi Ryymin is an educational researcher and pedagogical developer who works as a Principal Lecturer and R&D Lead in the School of Professional Teacher Education in Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK).

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Peter Hodgson


Peter has over 30 years experience as a leader and manager within theVET sector

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Mari Kiviniemi

Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD.

Mari took up her duties as OECD Deputy Secretary-General on 25th August 2014,

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Santiago Garcia

President of EfVET

Santiago García has a Degree in Physics from UCM, Madrid. For 27 years he worked at 

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Martin Watson

Conference Moderator

Martin Watson designs and delivers multi-stakeholder and communication strategies for government,

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Focus Groups Moderators


Raimo Shivonen

Rector, Kainuu Vocational College

Raimo Sivonen has worked at secondary level vocational education for 23 years. During his career at VET, he has been

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Udo Lot

Advisor International Affairs of Landstede

Advisor International Affairs of Landstede (VET-school)

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Sylvia Liuti

EU Projects, Quality assurance System and Gender Equality Expert

Graduated in Economics. Since 1997 partner of Associazione FORMA.Azione srl. More than 25 years of experience

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Luca Boetti


Luca Boetti is Head of the EU projects unit at IFOA, training and consultancy agency of the Italian Chambers of

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David de San Benito


David as a Cisco employee is based in Madrid and is also member of the Cisco leadership team for Spain in the field of CSR and entrepreneurship activities. David was born in Madrid in the neighbourhood of Chamberí,

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Kim von Bülow

NEXT Education Copenhagen

Kim von Bülow is education manager at NEXT Education Copenhagen responsible for the technical education in the area

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Conference is set over 4 days of ground-breaking interactive speeches, focus groups and roundtables for VET enthusiasts

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  • “If you go to one conference this year, make sure it’s EfVET’s.”

    Stefano Tirati

  • “EfVET’s Conference was chock full of useful stuff…”

    Stelios Demosthenous

  • “I met so many new and interesting people in this Conference. I’ll never miss it again”

    Valentina Chanina

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which payment methods do you accept?

The best way to ensure your payment is a bank transfer. You can either call us at +3227219084 or mail us at efvet-office@efvet.org and ask for more information! We look forward to contacting us!

I’d like to purchase tickets for 3 participants, how can I do it?

The new registration form is giving you the opportunity to add as well a third person. Just don’t forget to fill in its name and e-mail. Just in case…

What if I need to follow a specific diet?

You can choose your diet from the  regisration form or by contacting us at efvet-office@efvet.org 

Is there a special price for an early bird registration?

The conference attendance is costing 650,00€ but there is an early bid offer, giving you the special price of 610,00€. But don’t hesitate as this offer is ending on the 31st of July.

What happens if I have to cancel in short notice?

Following our policy there is the opportunity to cancel your registration and get a full refund!

Registration cancellations must be notified in writing by email to the EfVET Center Office in Brussels

  • Cancellation until the 7th of October2016, full refund
  • Cancellation from the 7th of October 2016 until the 20th of October, 50% refund
  • Cancellation from the 21th of October 2016, 0% refund 
  • No show, no refund

But be careful and read properly the following document!


How can I reach Hotel from Airport?

you can use a taxi or public transportation 

the address of the Hotel is Paseo de la Alameda, 32 (in Spanish) Passeig D’Albereda, 32 (in Valeciano)

My partner needs to come along, is it possible?

Of course it is! And we’ll be delighted to see new faces along with our old friends. You can check at the registration form  the additional person and fill in the needed data there. Then everything is fixed!

Is there a car parking at the Conference venue?

There is a public car parking and is all yours!

You can also check the Hotel’s website and see more.

Do I have to book my room separately?

This is the most important thing. Please don’t forget that our participants have a special price as long as they book their hotel room via our own form here!