Course overview and purpose:
Over the last decade, skills competitions in vocational education and training (VET) have increased in popularity and visibility. “Skills competition for VET learners” is a large international event designed to showcase VET achievements in different countries covering various skill areas: it is a combination of skills conferences, experience days and talent days and aims to raise awareness of career adaptability and decision making for young people.
The skills conferences will consider topics such as employment post-COVID; what VET and the industry need to bounce back; growth areas and some emerging trends. We will also be sharing the findings in promoting excellence, attractiveness and inclusiveness of VET and include exciting interactive sessions for learners.
The experience days bring to life the world of work for young people. The main tasks of the experience days are the presentation of students’ knowledge, skills and abilities, encouraging and motivating students to present their own knowledge, skills and abilities, presentation of occupations, vocational guidance and presentation of practical skills acquired by students during education to their peers. The experience days are accompanied by numerous activities such as “Test your skill”, where students can test their skills through simple practical tasks and participate in various workshops, listen to information about continuing education and the specifics of many different occupations and new modern technologies.
The talent days empower learners to take the next step in their career: a combination of workshops and coaching sessions will boost their career development skills and help find out more about the latest careers on offer at some of most exciting and innovative companies in Europe.
Skills competitions are a hub for the professional development of teachers and trainers, who will attend preparatory online sessions to learn about the standards required (i.e. “Technical Description and Task model”) to compete in this skill competition: at least 3 months in advance, they will get ready for their roles, for instance as a developer of test projects, trainer/coach activities, workshop manager or assessor. Participation in the competition model is a professional development opportunity for teachers to network and exchange of experiences with other VET providers and stakeholders.
The media campaign “Skills are everywhere around us” will be conducted to raise the understanding of the importance of skills training.
VET learners and teachers/trainers
No specific requirements