The European Vocational Skills Week in Brussels on November 23, 2017 as part of the Pact4Youth initiative.
The aim of the European Vocational Skills Week was to improve the attractiveness and image of vocational education and training (VET), to showcase its excellence and quality, and to raise awareness of the wide range of opportunities it presents.
The Summit was opened by European Parliament President Antonio Tajani and Pact for Youth co-chairs: European Commissioner Marianne Thyssen and CSR Europe President Etienne Davignon. A video-endorsement was sent by European Commission President Juncker, who reinforced the message that in order for Europe to remain competitive globally, more focus needs to be on education, training and business-academia partnerships on the EU level and on the national level as well.
A summary of the policy findings of the European Pact for Youth was published at the event. For the last two years the Pact for Youth has worked to improve opportunites for young people across Europe. Business and civil society leaders have constructed together the following joint policy proposals:
- Make vocational education and training/apprenticeships an equal choice for youth
- Make business-education partnerships the new norm across Europe
- Mainstream entrepreneurship education in learning
The Hungarian delegation - led by Lilla Nedeczky, National Youth Council of Hungary, with the participation of Boglárka Illés, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Human Capacities and Zsófia Juhász, Communications Manager of AmCham Hungary - had the opportunity to have a short discussion with Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport and to present the current version of the Hungarian National Action Plan.
The video of the full program can be viewed online here.
We would like to thank the National Youth Council of Hungary for coordinating the delegation and also the Hungarian National Action plan.
Zsófia JUHÁSZ (AmCham)