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Gerry Creaner of Getreskilled at European Vocational Skills week

by Gerard Creaner (President, GetReskilled)

I’m absolutely delighted to announce that GetReskilled and Technological University Dublin finished 2nd in our category at the European Commission Vocational Education Training (VET) Excellence Awards 2019.

Just to be recognised at a European level is a real honour. I’m really proud to be bringing home the silver medal from a category of excellent entries from all across Europe.

Thanks to all who voted

Most importantly, thank you to everyone that took the time to vote!

We were absolutely blown away by the number of students, former students, colleagues, and friends that got in touch to tell us they’d voted for us. I’m so appreciative of each and every one of those votes.

It was especially great to hear from previous students who took the opportunity to bring us up to date with their career progress since we last heard from them. It was brilliant to hear of so many flourishing careers and so many success stories.

The VET Excellence Awards 2019

The Vocation Education and Training awards aim to showcase VET excellence by “recognising committed people, organisations and outstanding projects”.

I had the pleasure of attending the awards ceremony in Helsinki on 17 October and it was fantastic to hear all about other successful vocational education and training programmes going on across Europe.

Our particular category – the European Social Fund Award – aims to “give visibility to excellent initiatives and practices in the area of education and training in initial VET as well as in continuing VET”.

With a focus this year on digitalisation and technological change, it was great to see our online programmes recognised.

And of course, a massive congratulations to the category winner – Empleando Digital – a Spanish employment project.

Final thoughts

Well done to all this year’s VET Excellence Award winners.

It was terrific to spend time at the European Vocational Skills Week – chatting to others in the field and discussing how VET initiatives can change and adapt to meet the needs of both industry and individuals moving forward.

Thanks again for all your votes and if you’ve studied with us previously and haven’t shared your career successes with us, please get in touch – we’d love to hear them!