EuroSkills2020 is accompanied by a first-class specialist programme.
Various regional, national and European event formats – conferences, meetings, seminars, sessions, lectures and partner programme contributions – will illuminate the core topic “FUTURE OF SKILLS” from different perspectives.


On the first day of the competition, the official EuroSkills 2020 CONFERENCE will take place as a congress at a European level. The EuroSkills 2020 CONFERENCE is aiming to provide a unique platform for bi- and multilateral networking, mutual exchange and knowledge transfer on the topic “FUTURE OF SKILLS”. Taking into account the existing and future needs of industry, business and educational institutions, it is intended to provide fundamental impulses for the development of new, future-oriented educational and economic policy approaches and to show ways and possible solutions for an economically strong Europe of tomorrow.

  • 300+ participants from Europe

  • Formats: Plenary lectures, impulse speeches, discussions, panels, interactive sessions

  • Conference language: English


The EuroSkills 2020 Conference attracts a European-wide audience from the fields of education, politics and business. It is adressed in particular to decision-makers and specialists from public administration in the field of vocational training and employment, educational institutions, businesses and associations.

Participants shall be

  • representatives of local, regional and international educational organizations and associations

  • delegates from national and international ministries

  • international experts in the vocational education field

  • HR managers and decision makers from diverse industries

  • media representatives


The thematic focus is on the present and, above all, the future of vocational education and training as well as the skills, qualifications and competences needed in Europe.



Gerd Leonhard

Futurist, Humanist, Author, Film Maker
Technology vs. Humanity



Perttu Pölönen

Inventor, Futurist, Author
Curriculum of the future


Steve Chaid


Harald Zulehner

Managing Director Doka Austria



Stefano Tirati

Vice President of EfVET I CEO of


Anna Prokopenia

Member of the WorldSkills Champions Trust I Participant of WorldSkills Sao Paolo 2015 (Patisserie and Confectionery)


Antonio Lopez Arias

Head of Talent Acquisition at NATO


Moritz Lechner

Founder of Freebiebox / Austria’s youngest founder



Lisa Janisch

EuroSkills 2020 Hero I Participant of EuroSkills Göteborg 2016 (Painting and Decorating)



Hervé Huot-Marchand

Chief of the Section for Youth, Literacy and Skills Development at UNESCO HQ



Ali Mahlodji

EU Youth Ambassador / Co-Founder of WHATCHADO


Andreas Steinle

Co-founder of Zukunftsinsitut Workshop GmbH I Speaker


Ramona Uhl

Professor of Human Sciences and Didactics at the Institute of Vocational Education, Applied Sciences Wels



Thomas Mayr

Project Director ibw-Austria



Jens Bjornavold

Senior Expert, European centre for development of vocational training at Cedefop



Jia Jie

Director for International Organizations, Department of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, China



Eduard Staudecker

Project Manager at the Ministry of Education I CEO of the Austrian NQF Steering Group




Birgit Thomann

Head of department “VET International”, Director Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung/BIBB), Germany




Jenny Shackleton

Director Shackelton Education limited




Harald Kopececk

Director „BAUAkademie OÖ“





Manuela Geleng

European Commission, Director




Aims and Goals

For any European Country, the promotion of excellence in the development of skills and competences by enhancing the status and quality of vocational education and training is crucial, as economies face severe challenges in that field.

The EuroSkills 2020 Conference shall not only raise awareness of the importance of high-quality vocational education and training for Europe, and of the need for highly trained and skilled workforces in Europe, but it intends to deliver impulses by discussing challenges and chances, developing strategies and delivering possible solutions for economies, educational associations and companies.


  • highlights the relevance of vocational training for companies, organizations and whole economies

  • focusses actual, relevant core topics on how to better respond to future requirements in the field of VET

  • helps sharing expertise and strengthening vocational education and «good practice» on an international level

  • discusses and presents presenting models to meet the future needs of economies and companies

  • showcases and focusses future job and skills required

  • delivers impulses for the development of new ideas and solutions by showcasing skills competitions as support of developing national educational and training systems