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European Year of Skills
News article30 January 2024Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Get ready to ‘Meet the Champions of Excellence’: Learn from young people who took training routes into dream careers

Want to find out how vocational training could help you land your dream job? Then get ready to Meet the Champions of Excellence – around 40 inspiring young people who’ll be sharing their pathways to success and showcasing their skills as part of a special event on 23 February. The event is co-organised by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee.    

Meet the Champions of Excellence

When and where?

When: 23 February 2024, 09:00–14:00 CET

Where: The event will be held both online and in person in Brussels. The venue is the premises of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the Jacques Delors building, Rue Belliard 99-101, Brussels, Belgium.

For whom?

Young people seeking an exciting and dynamic pathway to their dream career and who want to learn more about what skills are needed now and in the future and how to obtain them. The event is also ideal for those interested in the mobility opportunities available for young people and much more.

What to expect?

The event is part of the European Year of Skills, and is your opportunity to:

  • Meet around 40 WorldSkills and EuroSkills Champions and learn how they found their dream career through vocational education and training, work-based learning or apprenticeships.
  • Experience skilled jobs through some live skills demonstrations by WorldSkills and EuroSkills Champions.
  • Explore a wide range of career possibilities from advanced robotics to flower art.
  • Compare and exchange ideas with others to become part of the positive change for the future of Europe’s economy and embody the European spirit.
  • Meet organisations that are developing skills for the labour market and learn about projects funded by the EU, for example the Centres of Vocational Excellence.
  • Have concrete discussions on skills and work with members of trade unions, business organisations and civil society organisations, some of them representing young people themselves.

PLUS: Hear why skills shortages in certain careers mean excellent employment opportunities for you!

Have a look at the programme

Get ready…

In the build-up to the event, we’ll be sharing a weekly interview with a selection of our Champions about their journey. Watch this space to read motivating examples showing what makes a vocational pathway a valuable and attractive educational choice.

How do I get involved?

Those joining us in Brussels will be contacted directly, as attendance in person is by invitation only.  If you are not among those joining us in person you will be able to watch online some sessions of the event. More information will be available soon on the website!

Watch the launch video!

Excited for the event? Watch the launch video to learn what the event will look like and see Champions of Excellence in action.