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Bruxelles, 8th – 9th DECEMBER 2021
Stakeholder EU hybrid conference

Vocational Training for craft and SMEs:  Towards EU excellence.  

Craft and SMEs Final Event  

 “Round Table, dialogue and final key policy recommendations” 


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Continuing Craft SMEs VET providers impact on many vital challenges as a key element for deal and respond with these challenges: a crucial activity for the future of European SMEs that require a  deepened analysis on the training needs and a rapid cross-sector business process transformation of upskill and reskill in order to deal with the new markets and SMEs global value chains, new products/services, demands and issues of a mutated world.  

Main Conference objectives 

In the final event of Craft and SMEs, as a result of the work of the precedents main events of the projects a final Key recommendations paper will be presented and discussed at the EU and national political level and among the most distributed SMEs and C-VET European organizations.  

The document will be one of the main outputs of the Craft and SMEs Community: a result of the  conversation, the interactions, the sharing of ideas, views, and resources that are taking life in the  Craft and SMEs Vet Net platform: www.vet-net.eu 

The paper will be the cornerstone for two interactive sessions.  

The sessions will focus on:  

  • A debate about the key recommendations and the development of ideas and views about the future EU policies for C-VET for the next years: funds, tools and strategies to be implemented.  
  • How C- Vet organizations at national deal with the challenges and the future c-vet and how they will improve, enlarge and empower their networks, continuing the work of Craft and  SMEs Community, to strengthen a common C-VET provider shared identity, to have a  stronger political voice at local/regional/national/EU level and to improve and innovate their systems. 

Partner & Associated Partner  

 The results of the discussion will be published as a political proposal for the EU and national policymakers in order to disseminate, strengthen and continue the political discussion in the next year through the empowerment of the CRAFT and SMEs Network in order to contribute to the shaping of the C-VET of the future.  

Background CVET material  

A list of background documents dealing with vet policies at EU level is available in the Craft VET  NET Community Platform Repository. Please register to the platform to have access to this  repository for your better information via the following link https://www.vet net.eu/platform/share/search-repositories/  

The Craft and SMEs Community platform  

Craft and SMEs VET NET Community platform is dedicated to build the first European Community of Practice (CoP) focused on C-VET. The objective is to create a space for a common European  perspective about C-VET. A bottom-up process that involves all the possible interested members:  C-VET providers, professional trainees, institutions at regional, national, and European levels. A  place to discuss and meet others, to share resources, issues, and ideas, a place to attended courses, to improve skills.  

The Conference topics will be developed through the Craft VET NET Community Platform Forum.  Please register to the platform to participate in the above-mentioned dialogue via the following  link: https://www.vet-net.eu/platform/users/registration/  

The organizer 

The Conference is organized by the five partner organizations of the Craft and SMEs Consortium:  

ECIPA Foundation, SME ACADEMY Avignon, Small Enterprises Institute of the Hellenic Confederation of Professionals Craftsmen & Merchants (IME GSEVEE), PIMEC, EFQBL in the framework of Crafts and SMEs vocational and educational training network, that is an EU innovative network supported by the EC ERASMUS+ Program.


8th December  

Dinner among directors and stakeholders  

6 pm: Welcome  

7.30: Working dinner  

9th December Interactive sessions  

First session 9th H. 09.30 – 11.30  

Round table: Craft and vet net policy proposal towards the Training Excellence for Craft and SMEs  European C-VET: new competencies, news policies, new skills.  

11.15 – 11.30 Coffee Break  

Second session 9th H. 11.30 – 13.30  

Round table: How C- Vet organizations will deal with the challenges and the future c-vet at  local/regional/national/EU level and how they improve the networking and the community of C VET Craft and SMEs providers. 


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