EU vocational skills week

Thursday 12 November 2020 |  11:00 am – 12:10 pm (CET)

The European Vocational Skills Week is the annual event when local, regional or national organisations showcase the very best of vocational education and training (VET). VET is a path to a more fulfilling personal and professional life. European Vocational Skills Week is a platform to make VET’s potential more widely known, and an opportunity to exchange information and good practice across Europe and beyond.

CECIMO cooperates closely with the EU Institutions and the Member States to tackle the challenges that impact our industry as well as society.

The lack of skills is increasing and impacting many European industries, including machine tools industries and related manufacturing technologies.

This webinar looked at solutions to close these skills gaps by using tools developed thanks to European projects, such as Skills4AM, and other National initiatives organised to foster activities to prepare labour force skilled for the industry.

The event featured best practices and suggestions for specific measures and solutions for EU and national policymakers, education providers and other key stakeholder groups.

In the programme below, you can find the Presentations of our Speakers.


Opening remarks

Filip GEERTS, CECIMO Director General

Speakers and presentations
  • Alison CRABB, Head of Unit, Skills and Qualifications Unit, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
  • Adelaide ALMEIDA, Project Manager, European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting (EWF)
  • Susanne LONSCHER-RÄCKE, Policy Officer Education, Education and Research Unit, Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Christian WIEGMAN, Training advisor, Nachwuchsstiftung Maschinenbau gGmbH
  • Ixaka EGURBIDE, Director General, Instituto de Máquina Herramienta (IMH)


Q&A Session
Wrap-up and closing remarks



Discover the profiles of our high-level speakers here!

Alison Crabb

Head of Unit “Skills and Qualifications” | European Commission | Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Alison Crabb’s team is coordinating work on the European Skills Agenda with its focus on skills for jobs, partnering with Member States, companies and social partners to work together for change, empowering people to embark on lifelong learning, and using the EU budget as a catalyst to unlock public and private investment in people’s skills.

Adelaide Almeida

Project Manager | the European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting (EWF)

Adelaide Almeida has been responsible for the Erasmus+ projects division since 2016, with several projects focused on the development of educational programmes and new professional profiles for the manufacturing industry at European Level. Her field of expertise includes the development and implementation of projects aiming at developing national and international standards for Vocational Education and Training (VET) and its alignment with European policies and tools, such as the learning outcomes approach (LOs), credit system (ECVET) and European Qualifications Framework (EQF) within EWF Qualification System.

Susanne Lonscher-Räcke

Policy Officer Education | Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany

Susanne Lonscher-Räcke is seconded from the Ministry of Education of the State (Free and Hanseatic City) of Hamburg in Germany to the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union, as support to the unit of Education and Research during the German EU Presidency.

She is a senior expert for European Education Policy and European Programmes.  


Christian Wiegmann

Training advisor | Nachwuchsstiftung Maschinenbau gGmbH

Christian studied mechanical engineering at the University of applied sciences Osnabrück and obtained a Master in industrial engineering at the Hamburg University of Technology. He has a deep experience in sales of tooling machines (DMG MORI) and is project manager for international automatization projects. He is a consultant at Nachwuchsstiftung Maschinenbau for companies in the north of Germany.



Ixaka Egurbide

Director General | Instituto de Maquina Herramienta (IMH)

Ixaka is the Managing Director of the IMH, that he joined in 1997. Involved in the Vocational Training from the beginning, during the last 20 years he has participated in multiple projects and initiatives, in particular in those related to dual training, collaboration and transfer projects with educational centers and institutions, initiatives related to promoting the capillarity of the innovation system for SMEs and with the collaboration between Vocational and University Studies. Currently, Ixaka works intensively with AFM-Advance Manufacturing Cluster, in promoting advanced manufacturing and digitization, with the aim of supporting people and companies in the necessary transition towards Industry 4.0.






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