Vocational education and training (VET) for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience  

When we consider how we can grow our economies to be more sustainable, competitive, fair and resilient, we often look to the way that our education and training systems can prepare learners through the development of transferable skills and entrepreneurial mindsets. Vocational Education and Training (VET) has a key role in ensuring that skills developed through training as well as work-based learning are applied and relevant to the challenges of today’s workplaces. This is particularly evident in the light of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the context of digital and green transitions, as highlighted by the Council Recommendation on vocational education and training for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience.

The Community of European VET practitioners was set up on the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe (EPALE) to provide a space where VET practitioners and wider stakeholders can network, exchange ideas and content with peers, stay informed of the latest European policies and contribute toward European VET initiatives. The CoP aims to strengthen the VET community across Europe, with a focus on supporting practitioners who help to develop the skills of young people and adults for the labour market.

The platform provides an interactive space for VET teachers, trainers, leaders and in-company tutors in which you will be able to network with your peers, exchange good practices and ideas, access resources and support each other to find concrete solutions to shared problems. The European Commission uses this space to share information and initiatives, and you will have access to interesting think pieces from VET experts, updates on policy developments and dedicated webinars.

Featured topics include new policy developments in VET, green skills, online/distance learning etc.

Interested in joining the discussion?

Register on EPALE (if not done already) and request your membership to the Community of European VET practitioners!