The Forum on Vocational Excellence 2023 is a vibrant platform where Europe's brightest minds converge to sculpt a skilled future. With an unwavering focus on societal challenges, skills, and vocational excellence, we are not just addressing today's issues; we're shaping tomorrow's solutions. Digitalization, healthy aging, climate and energy transition, and labor market shortages – these are not just challenges; they are opportunities for transformative change.
This year, participants celebrated the extraordinary achievements of the Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs). Their collaborative spirit embodies the adage "many hands make light work," proving their mettle time and again. The European Commission's investment of 400 million euros in CoVEs, complemented by substantial national funding, underscores their pivotal role. In this dynamic environment, education and business are not just partners; they are co-creators of innovative solutions, multiplying knowledge through shared experiences.
The Forum on Vocational Excellence 2023 marks an exciting chapter in the European Year of Skills. It's a melting pot of ideas and inspirations, uniting educators, trainers, government representatives, and business leaders in a quest for excellence. This gathering is more than an event; it's a movement towards a skilled and resilient Europe.
Reflecting on two exhilarating days in the Netherlands, the Forum was a mosaic of inspiring site visits, engaging conversations, hands-on workshops, and an interactive talk show.
The first day was a deep dive into the Dutch VET system, featuring site visits to various public-private partnerships. These collaborations are the backbone of innovation in education, lifelong learning, applied research, and network building, ensuring that students and workers are equipped with the right skills for their professions.
A highlight was the Centre of Vocational Excellence Water - West EU (Centre for Innovative Craftsmanship Water), a beacon of excellence training MBO professionals in the water industry for nearly a decade. Their platform is a nexus of knowledge sharing, connecting a diverse network and nurturing young talent in various water-related disciplines. This partnership's international reach, extending to Latvia, Czechia, Malta, and beyond, exemplifies the global impact of vocational excellence.
The Forum on Vocational Excellence 2023 is not just an event; it's a testament to our collective commitment to empowering today's talent for a brighter tomorrow.