Twenty years ago, the Copenhagen Process opened a new era for vocational and professional education and training. In July 2020, the European Commission launched the new skills agenda as a follow up to the original Skills Agenda of 2016. It defines 12 actions for upskilling (improving existing skills) and reskilling (training in new skills) for the coming five years. EfVET is always in the forefront not just to support initiatives taken by the EC but also to ensure that member states and in particular training providers in VET and CVET are kept au courant with these developments. In addition, EfVET supports training providers to reflect on the need to update, re-write and connect with key stakeholders to ensure that skills acquired at School, College or Applied University levels are industry driven.
The objective of the 2022 EfVET Annual conference is to give training providers the opportunity to share their experiences in the learning and teaching of new skills in their educational set-ups and to design ways of collaboration between them. Many education institutions across Europe are witnessing an increased pressure from workplaces to revisit skills. Technology particularly after the experience of COVID 19 has taken centre stage on issues related to improving skills, upskilling and reskilling as well as the introduction of new skills. It is the knowledge and experience that training providers generate in their lecture rooms, classroom, laboratories and workshops that can truly inform policy even on the European stage. VET training providers are front liners and key players in VET design and implementation. It is with this spirit of sharing of knowledge, collaboration and networking through projects, mobility of Faculty and students as well as participation in various forums such as the EfVET annual conference that new insights are explored and transformed into new policies.
EfVET annual conference is the meeting place of theory and practice par excellence. It is a unique opportunity where the world of education and training meets the world of employment. This combination of experiences is giving EfVET’s annual conferences higher visibility among policy makers. The mixture of experiences and contexts which employers require learners to possess when they set foot for the first time in work places or change jobs is invaluable. Speakers will be sharing their experiences from different perspectives and from various cultural, social and political angles. Skills today may be obsolete tomorrow and therefore besides the required soft skills including the so-called 21st century skills, learners and workers are expected to be lifelong learners, adaptable and ready to learn while they work and work while they learn. The future skills revolution for VET and CVET in Europe is characterised by the use of AI, close relationships with industry and a work-based learning. approach at all levels of education and training. Are we prepared to take on this revolution and ensure that all learners and workers are successful?
The 2022 EfVET annual conference will address this overarching question.