Forum on Vocational Excellence 2024

Reshape the future of skills with Centres of Vocational Excellence

In a world of ultra-rapid change, we need robust vocational education and training to build a sustainable future. Whether the challenge at hand is greening our economy, implementing digital solutions in our society, trying to keep up with AI or to make sure we develop just and inclusive transitions in our communities, vocational education and training (VET) is at the very core. Because without the properly skilled people, we will simply be unable to make the change needed. Luckily, all across Europe (and beyond!), educators, national and regional governments and companies have joined forces to work together in their skills ecosystems, building warm networks that shape the future of skills together in Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVE).

From 10 to 12 September 2024, representatives of all these Centres of Vocational Excellence will meet in Lyon, France, for the 3rd Forum on Vocational Excellence. On this page, you find all the information you need about the program, practicalities and registration. Are the Centres of Vocational Excellence new to you? Please find out more about this European flagship initiative in VET here, or check the results of the previous editions below.

Goal of the Forum

All across Europe, highly motivated professionals are implementing Centres of Vocational Excellence. Together they cover almost all of Europe and a wide variety of sectors. This Forum is an event by and for these Centres of Vocational Excellence, to exchange experiences, share lessons learned, inspire each other with best practices, create syngeries between sectors and cocreate solutions for common challenges in implementing their Centres of Vocational Excellence.

Since the Centres of Vocational Excellence are not only a European initiative, and there are many similar national CoVE initiatives, one of the main goals of this years' Forum is to provide matchmaking opportunities between the CoVEs, both nationally and internationally. Secondly, you will have ample opportunity to see and experience what the CoVEs and Campus des Metiers and Qualifications have achieved over the last 5 years, since we find it hugely important to show what kind of impact CoVEs are making on students, companies, teachers and society as a whole.

Registration & program

You find more practical information and the registration link here. You can download the preliminary program here, or browse through the program day by day below.

Worldskills Finals 2024

The Forum on Vocational Excellence will be organized in synergy with WorldSkills, whose 47th Final Competition will take place in Lyon on the same dates. Thus, your participation to the Forum will allow you to visit the competition in Lyon and exchange with the WorldSkills experts and competitors. Find out more about the WorldSkills Competition and the finals in Lyon!