The Importance of Vocational Skills Is on the Rise

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Vocational skills, especially in the field of urban greening, are becoming increasingly important. At the EuroSkills and WorldSkills competitions the focus is on the outstanding achievements of young, talented and skilled professionals up to 25 years. It is a spectacular promotion and showcase of professions for young people, introducing youth to a variety of careers across Europe.

Innovation of vocational education

The main focus is to highlight the power of the skills competitions as a promotional instrument for a skilled future, and to innovate vocational education programmes. In each member country, regional and national skills competitions are organised to promote vocational education and to find the champions that will compete for their nation on the international stage

Yuverta Students Win Gardening Skills

The Dutch National Skills Finals were held on March 31st and April 1st in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The gardening skills finals are part of the national skills, and were held a couple of weeks earlier. The participants had to create a modern garden of 16 square meters in 18.5 hours, with the use of natural materials. The jury assessed the participants on aspects such as accuracy, cooperation, communication and safety. The final of the Gardening Skills 2022 was won by the team of Yuverta. Nathan den Besten and Jorn Houdijk can call themselves Dutch Gardening Champion 2022!  

European Vocational Skills Week

In addition to the national and international skills competitions, organized by WorldSkills Foundation, the European Union organises the European Vocational Skills Week. This year it will take place during 16-20 May and is centred on the theme of VET (Vocational Education and Training) and the Green Transition. The theme is in line with the European Commission’s commitment to taking all the necessary steps to become carbon neutral by 2050, known as the European Green Deal, including equipping people with the appropriate skills for the transition.  

How can you take part in the European Vocational Skills Week? 

  1. You can participate in an event or link your event to the Week – either during the Week itself or any time before or after. 
  2. They offer resources – a toolkit for social media after you register your event.