This first European Vocational Skills Week will take place from 5 to 9 December 2016 with events in Brussels and parallel activities in Member States, EFTA (European Free Trade Association) and EU candidate countries at national, regional and local levels.
What is it about?
This is to improve the attractiveness and image of vocational education and training, showcase excellence and quality and raise awareness of the wide range of opportunities.
Because it is believed that…
Every single person is talented. Some talents may be obvious, some still hidden.
Vocational education and training is a smart choice, is fun, and leads to excellence in education, high-quality jobs and increased employability.
There are great vocational training opportunities that successfully prepare you for interesting and challenging careers, as well as active engagement in society.
Vocational education and training is a desirable option for people of all ages, and prepares people for jobs the world over.
Quality training develops the creative and innovative potential of learners.
Up skilling and re-skilling throughout life is key to improved job opportunities and better integration in society.
Lifelong learning enhances social inclusion, diversity, and active citizenship.
How will the initiative unfold?
A series of events/activities will take place in Brussels (press conference, conference, workshops, closing event with award-giving) and across Europe. They will be underpinned by a sustained communication campaign.
Who will be involved?
All stakeholders: learners, parents, companies, business organisations, social partners, education and training providers, adult learning organisations, researchers, career counsellors, public authorities, and society at large is invited to get involved.
From 22 to 25 of May Rotterdam will be the venue of the biannual meeting of EUROPEA – International.
Under the title “Food and the City”, Europea Netherland has organised the conference in which 82 registered participants coming from 19 different European countries associated to the net will be welcome. On Tuesday 24th other 70 extra guests from the Netherlands will join to the seminar.
An assorted and interesting programme is planned to be developed in two intense days full of activities such as:
General Assembly o EUROPEA
Visits to innovative companies in Rotterdam
Visit to the Markthal Rotterdam
Mr. Ton Stok Presidente of Europea Netherland. Welcome speech
Mr. Olaf van Kooten will be the introducer of speakers Food Cluster Rotterdam
Mrs Sharon Janmaat, project manager City Council of Rotterdam
Mr. Tjerk Gorter, director Qanbridge
Mr. Frans-peter Dechering – General manager EMEA at Priva
Network lunch, prepared by students and Chef Mr. Pepijn Schmeink of the students of Albeda College with sustainable produced products from the region
Workshops by the professors:
Dr. Koen Dittrich. Biobased and Circular Economy
Dr. Ester Nederhof. Healthy and Sustainable Food and Western Disease
Dr. Frank de Jong. Responsive Education, Stoas, Wageningen, Vilentum Universities
Dr. PJ Beers. New Business models, InHolland University
Some participants will enjoy an extra day program visiting:
Connector 2016 is the third edition of a learning event. In 2015 it brought together 263 people from 36 countries.
What is CONNECTOR?
The learning experience CONNECTOR is a space aiming to bring together practitioners passionate about learning in a participative and interactive manner with a focus on practical experience. The five day event is based on sharing, learning and experimenting. Day 1 is focused on sharing, days 2&3 focused on learning and days 4&5 focused on experimenting in the local community the results of the learning days.
CONNECTOR is about networking, practice, sharing and change, but it’s mostly about the PEOPLE involved in the learning experience.
The people joining the event are aware that learning can happen everywhere: in the classroom, but also on the street, in museums, pubs or parks.
Call for 200 participants + 20 learning facilitators
Open call for facilitators. Application deadline: 22th of April
Open call for participants. Application deadline: 25th of April for Romanian participants and 8th of May for other countries
Since they want to connect as many learning enthusiasts as possible, the event will be open for all those interested and willing to cover their costs from various sources (organizations, projects, personal). If this is your case, please fill in the form available until 25th of April.