During the webinar, the participants learned about the results of a survey to over 100 VET providers and the outcomes of seven national VET workshops with over 200 participants from 13 countries, which explored how Europe’s VET providers currently collaborate, where they need more support, how they deliver learning, and how Covid-19 has impacted their entities. According to an online workshop survey, the top three requests for investment from VET providers were for support for digital teaching tools and methods, ongoing teacher and trainer training (through mobility), and pan European events to promote TCLF VET studies to younger generations. The Skills4SmartTCLF2030 project is already working to support this, partly by updating eight occupations most in demand by European TCLF employers and developing the respective curricula and online training courses.

Key speakers in the webinar included Christian Baio from SPIN360, who reported the challenges of changes imposed by Covid-19, the clear impact on less advantaged students, and the hard work by providers to pivot very quickly to the online space; Paul Lasserre from the European Confederation (CEC), who presented findings that further evidenced how VET providers with external networks benefit from greater opportunity for international collaboration; and Carmen Arias, Secretary-General, CEC, who spoke about the opportunities that international collaboration can bring to modernise skills ecosystems to better support the industries’ recovery and growth, at both regional and national levels.