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The global, cross-sector conference and exhibition
on technology-supported learning and training

Berlin, December 1 — 3, 2021



Centres of Vocational Excellence - Building “Skills Ecosystems” For Innovation, Regional Development, Smart Specialisation and Social Inclusion

The combined effects of rapid technological change, demographic trends, and new forms of work, call for innovative ideas to ensure that VET not only adapts to change, but is also at the forefront of mastering and driving this change.

As the "shelf-life" of skills is becoming increasingly short, VET institutions must become more flexible and responsive to the need for renewing their offer, companies have to become an active partner in designing and providing opportunities for work-based learning, and individuals need to embrace lifelong learning to maintain their employability, active citizenship and quality of life.

How can VET rapidly adapt skills provision to evolving local economic and social needs, while the challenges they are facing is increasingly complex and global? How can they provide both initial training of young people as well as continuous up-skilling and re-skilling of adults?

Join Joao Santos to learn about the European Commission's initiative on Centres of Vocational Excellence, which aims to address these issues and support the paradigm shift needed for VET to collaborate internationally, as well as interact with partners in local innovation ecosystems.


OEB speaker João Santos

João Santos

Senior Expert in the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion, European Commission, Belgium