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Centres of Vocational Excellence: what, how and when? (+ update on Erasmus negotiations)

25 oktober 2019 09:00 – 12:00

Now that the Erasmus negotiations have started and vocational education is more and more being recognized as an important part of education systems in Europe, and in the context of the Vocational Skills Week, the ReSET-network (Regions: skills, education and training) is having a timely debate on a new feature of the Erasmus+-programme that wants to elevate the quality and availability of VET-education: Centers of Vocational Excellence. 

These centers of vocational excellence will support the development of trans-national platforms of centres of vocational excellence closely integrated in local and regional strategies for growth, innovation and competitiveness. They will act as drivers of quality vocational skills in a context of national, regional/local, and sectorial challenges, while supporting overall structural changes and socio-economic policies in the European Union. 

Centres of Vocational Excellence: what, how and when? (+ update on Erasmus negotiations)

We start with an update on the Erasmus negotiations. We then turn to our topic and dive into the specifics of this new initiative, explained by officials from the European Commission. We also have a look at the practice and listen to the experience of one of the first selected projects and listen to how they see this centres taking shape in the field.

Draft agenda: 

9u - 9u30:           
Update on the Erasmus negotiations from the Finnish presidency

9u30 - 10u15:       
What are the Centers of Vocational Excellence - DG EMPL

10u15 - 10u30:     
Coffee break

10u30 - 11u:         
Presentation of a selected pilot project

11u - 12u             
Panel with Commission experts on the broader context of the Centres within the skills agenda (TBC)


The final agenda will follow in due time. 

This information event is taking place at VLEVA (Kortenberglaan 71) on the 25th of October from 9u to 12u. Registration is below and if there are any questions you can send them to maarten.libeer@vleva.eu

ReSET (Regions working on Skills, Education and Training) is a network of European Regions that provides a structure for positive interaction on the broader education and skills agenda, both between local and regional stakeholders and with the European Institutions. Information exchanging, partner searching and project development are the three main activities. 


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