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Entrepreneurship competence in VET

Embedding entrepreneurship competence
In vocational education and training in Europe

The pivotal role of vocational education and training (VET) in promoting entrepreneurship competence was highlighted during a conference organised by Cedefop on 28 September.

The virtual conferenceEmbedding entrepreneurship competence in VET in Europe‘, part of Cedefop’s initiatives for the European Year of Skills, brought together 120 researchers, training providers, teachers, trainers, VET graduates and other stakeholders. They had the opportunity to discuss the results of the related Cedefop project and reflect on the needs for future research.

The event included presentations, interactive sessions and panel discussions that focused on:

  • Factors enabling and hindering the integration of entrepreneurship competence in European VET
  • Shared best practices for enhancing VET entrepreneurial learning ecosystems

Cedefop Deputy Director Mara Brugia noted that ‘entrepreneurship competence is crucial in preparing for the changes our society and economies are facing, including, among others, technological, climate, demographic, and safety challenges.’

Chiara Riondino, Head of Unit VET, Apprenticeships and Adult Learning, of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion, stressed that entrepreneurship is one of the elements that European Union’s policies aim to promote and embed further in VET.

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