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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!


Cabinet Thyssen

Stefaan Hermans

Head of Cabinet of Member of the European Commission Marianne Thyssen responsible for Employment, Social affairs, Skills and Labour mobility Read More

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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Dana-Carmen Bochmann

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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Pete 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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Joachim James Calleja

Director of CEDEFOP

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

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

1st day

  • 15:30 - 18:00 Registration of Participants

    The delegates will register and sign up for the Conference Conclusions and News List.

  • 18:00 - 19:00 Introduction to EfVET and the conference

    Welcome and information session for new members and the first time participants: “Introduction to EfVET and the conference….  Meet your EfVET Officers and National Representatives.”

    Mr. Santiago Garcia, President of EfVET and the Steering Committee members

  • 19:00 - 20:00 Welcome reception at SH Valencia Hotel

    Meeting old friends and potential partners from all around the world!

  • 20:00 Dinner

    SH Valencia Palace Hotel – Restaurant

2nd day

  • 9:00 - 9:15 Welcome to Valencia and opening of Conference

    Chair: Mr. Santiago Garcia, President of EfVET and General Secretary, CECE, Spain, Mr Peter Hodgson, EfVET and Mr. Martin Watson, Conference moderator, Prospex.

  • 9:15 - 9:30 Introduction to the theme and Conference agenda

    Mr. Peter Hodgson, EfVET

  • 9:30 - 10:30 Keynote speakers

    1. Minister for Education, Spain TBC
    The importance of VET in Spain

    2. Mr. Stefaan Hermans, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Marianne Thyssen, European Commission.
    Ms. Dana Carmen- Bachman, Head of Unit (Vocational training and adult education Vocational), DG-Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
    EU VET policy – Progress toward VET reform across Europe – An overview of the joint collaboration with the Joint Vet provider network, badged VET4EU2. the first European VET week.

    3. Speaker– Spanish Employer, TBC
    How can businesses and the different stakeholders assist each other in defining the skill needs in the short and in the long run? Locally, regionally and European level. Examples to co-operate with the VET schools and trainers as a model?

    4. Joachim James Calleja, CEDEFOP, TBC
    Challenges and Opportunities for VET: Where are we now and how do we respond to change?

  • 10:30 - 11:10 Open Panel Discussion - Moderator/Chair - Martin Watson, Prospex

    Panel:  Spanish Employer Marina Real Juan Carlos, Marina de Empresas  / European Commission /CEDEFOP/ VET Director (member/delegate – not SC member), TBC
    An interactive question and answer session – an opportunity to share your thought with the Speakers and discuss member contributions to VET week to be held in early December 2016

  • 11:10 - 11:45 Coffee Break
  • 11:45 - 13:15 Focus Groups: session 1

    The following interactive focus groups will take the form of small focus groups 2 or 3 groups per group considering key issues within the overall topic.  These will bring together the thoughts,solutions/actions and good practice drawn from pre determined reflections gathered during the pre conference preparation period.

  • 13:15 - 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 - 15:30 Project developments; Multiplier Events

    New to conference: This session will offer up to 6 Multiplier events for members Erasmus +projects bringing together the multitude of development activity of our members – there will be some 6 events within which projects addressing thematic developments will share a platform – Hear what our members are undertaking

    Thematic groupings:
    1) Developing curricula to stimulate employability and Entrepreneurship
    2) Tackling ‘drop out’s – re-engaging young people and youth unemployment
    3) Promoting transnational mobility:
    4) Continuous Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers
    5) Quality in VET? Contributing to CEDEFOP research agenda

  • 15:30 - 16:10 Coffee Break
  • 16:10 - 17:45 Mobility and partnership find. The marketplace revisited / Parallel session for Leaders and Managers

    This self regulated session offers delegates the opportunity to find or meet partners with a view to developing closer collaboration under Erasmus + and their funded initiatives.
    Delegates are invited to meet to discuss potential partnerships both for reciprocal transnational mobility and possible partnerships for KA1 Learning Mobility of Individuals and KA2 strategic partnerships
    (note: There will be a ‘Notice Board’ available throughout Conference to post your interests and ideas)
    Pre conference preparation will be used to bring potential partners together
    Parallel session for Leaders and Managers
    http://www.edem.es/en/Marina Real Juan Carlos I
    Muelle de la Aduana s/n
    46024 Valencia

  • 18:30 Reception


3rd day

  • 9:00 - 10:00 Annual General Meeting
  • 10:00 - 10:30 Keynote speaker

    Ms. Mari Kiviniemi, Deputy Secretary-General of OECD

  • 10:30 - 11:00 Keynote speaker

    Ms Essi Ryymin, R&D Manager, R&D Manager, Global Education, Principal Lecturer, Ph.D., HAMK University of Applied Sciences School of Professional Teacher Education

    Learning in a Digital Age – how does VET address the challenges; the implications for both learners and teachers and trainers; a new pedagogy or just a tool?

  • 11:00 - 11:20 Questions fom the floor

    Moderator / ChairMartin Watson, Prospex

  • 11:20 - 12:00 Coffee break and time for preparation of Roundtables session 1
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Round tables: Session 1

    Conference offers European project partners the opportunity to disseminate progress, results and products of their Transnational Transfer of Innovation; Development of Innovation and other European initiatives – a key to successful valorisation of project outcomes and sustainability

    Two sessions of 30 minutes each

  • 13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 - 16:00 Round tables: Session 2

    Conference offers European project partners the opportunity to disseminate progress, results and products of their Transnational Transfer of Innovation; Development of Innovation and other European initiatives – a key to successful valorization of project outcomes and sustainability

    Three sessions of 30 minutes each

  • 16:00 - 17:00 Innovation camp to Implementation - building EfVET, its Network and services and its role into the future. Making it happen

    This Development session offers members and non members alike to discuss EfVET’s role in to the futurelook at its services to members and its future development.  This session will build on the outcomes of the Innovation camp held last year.  Pre Conference documentation will include a briefing note on the outcomes of last years discussions.

    The session begins with a launch of EfVET’s new website and communication strategy presented in Plenary by the Communications Strategy sub group of the Steering Committee.

    Followed by an overview of our Strategic development activity and then move to an open discussion session moderated by Martin Watson, Prospex.

  • 20:00 Gala Dinner & Dance

last day

  • 9:15 - 10:45 Focus Groups: session 2

    The following interactive focus groups will take the form of small focus groups 2 or 3 groups per focus group considering key issues within the overall topic.  These will bring together the thoughts,solutions/actions and good practice drawn from pre determined reflections gathered during the pre conference preparation period.

  • 10:45 - 11:20 Coffee break
  • 11:20 - 11:50 Workshop feedback and open forum

    Moderator/ Chair Martin Watson,Prospex

    Rapporteurs will be invited to feedback key outcomes from the Focus Group sessions

  • 11:50 - 12:05 Announcement of 26th EfVET Annual International Conference in 2017

    3…2…1… and the next years Conference will be held in…  

  • 12:05 - 12:30 Closing of the conference

     Mr. Santiago Garcia, EfVET

  • 12:30 - 19:00 Lunch and Excursion

    Visit the Albufera Natural Park Valencia

    The park is home to the largest lake in Spain and one of the most important wetland areas in the Iberian Peninsula
    . Natural Park

    ALBUFERA_logo Return back at the hotel by 19.00 pm

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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!