This event brought together teachers, students, training providers and other EU and national level actors to highlight the role vocational education and training (VET) can play in creating a farming sector that is ready for the green and digital transition.
- teacher | education policy
- Brussels, Belgium
- Live streaming available
- 24 Nov 2022,
08:30 AM - 09:40 AM CETRegistration
- 09:40 AM - 10:40 AM CETSession 1 - Opening and scene setting
Welcome by moderator, Katrina Sichel
- Wolfgang Burtscher, Director-General – Directorate-General Agriculture and Rural Development , European Commission
Keynotes: Skills for the twin green and digital transition in agriculture
- Masayasu Asai, Agricultural Policy Analyst, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD
- Stelina Chatzichristou, Skills trend and intelligence, CEDEFOP - European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training
- 10:40 AM - 11:00 AM CETCoffee break
- 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CETSession 2 – Vocational schools preparing the next generation of high-skilled agricultural professionals
Experiences from EU vocational schools preparing the future generation of farmers, advisers and agricultural professionals ready for the twin green and digital transition
- Francesco Sannolla, Ignazio Zara, Agricultural Technical Institute Basile Caramia, Italy
- Nick Pannecouque, Provincial Technical Institute of West Flanders,Belgium
- Alexander Schönhofer, Agricultural College Krems, Austria
- István Zsolt Torma, Éva Sári, JanoshalmaAgricultural College, Hungary
- Flavius Foica, College for Agriculture and Food Industry Tara Bârsei, Romania
- 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM CETVocational education and training for the twin transition: challenges and ways forward
The twin transition will have significant implications for skills, education and employment while at the same time skills, education and work competences are important enablers for the twin transition itself. What are the current ‘pain points’ and future scenarios for agricultural VET?
- Florian Marin, Member of European and Economic Social Committee, President of Federation of Free Trade Union, Romania
- Elisabeth Hoenigsberger, Teacher at Agricultural College Krems, Austria
- Diana Lenzi, President of European Council of Young Farmers -CEJA
- Daniele Rossi, Co-coordinator ERASMUS+ FIELDS and I-RESTART projects / Chairman of R&I group Copa-Cogeca WP
- Elena Escaño Lopez, Finca Montefrio, Spain
- 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM CETLunch break
- 02:30 PM - 02:40 PM CETEnergiser
- 02:40 PM - 03:40 PM CETSession 3 – Vocational training and lifelong learning to match sustainability challenges
Presentation of projects and initiatives from across the EU on vocational training and lifelong learning opportunities that promote innovation, change and adaptation in farming to match agricultural skills to sustainability challenge
- Bram Van Hecke, President Groene Kring - Flemish young farmers organisation, Belgium
- Antonio Román Casas, Innogestiona / LIFE LiveAdapt project, Spain
- Effie Lazaridou, CEO New Agriculture New Generation, Athanasios Kotanidis, Founder of ‘Kotanidis Family’, Greece
- Anne-Marie Butler, Head of Education, TEAGASC, Ireland
- 03:40 PM - 04:00 PM CETCoffee break
- 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM CETSession 4 – Policies to deliver agricultural VET fit for purpose
Effective educational and training programmes in agricultural requires collaboration at all levels, and strong links between those involved (research, education, advice, public administration, farmers, etc.) from planning to delivery. Which approaches work best?
- Hugo Almeida, Deputy Head of Unit Rural Areas and Networks, Directorate-General Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
- Joan Salvador Minguet Pla, Head of Agricultural Training Service, Government of Catalonia, Spain
- Philippe Renard, Head of European Relations and International Cooperation Office, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty, France
- Hanna Tamsalu, Deputy Head of National Rural Network / Agricultural Research Centre, Estonia
- Tim Schreiber, Skills for the green transition, innovation and higher VET, Directorate-General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
- Annemarie Moons, Chair of Board of Directors at Yuverta, the Netherlands
- 05:00 PM - 05:10 PM CETClosing session
- Pierluigi Londero, Acting Director - Strategy and Policy Analysis, Directorate-General Agriculture and Rural Development
- Charlemagne BuildingRue de la Loi 170, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
- Who should attend
- Vocational education and training providers particualry agricultural schools (students, teachers), advisers, farmers, researchers, EU organisations, national authorities in charge of agriculture and education, EC services and agencies
- Croatian, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian
- Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development
- Social media links
Vocational education and training (VET) are key to develop the skills and competences that EU farmers need to succeed in a world shaped by rapid technological changes, digitalisation and global sustainability challenges.
By exchanging inspiring practices and experiences among teachers, students, training providers and other EU and national actors the event wants to highlight the role of vocational education and training (VET) to enable an attractive farming sector ready for the twin green and digital transition, and identify priorities and successful approaches for the development of the right skill set.
The event has three main objectives:
- Identify the changes in skills needed in the EU farming sector to address the challenges brought forward by the twin green and digital transition.
- Share successful experiences of vocational education and training (VET) for sustainable, digital-ready and resilient farming in the EU, and identify challenges and possible ways forward.
- Explore available tools to support high quality VET programmes and promote collaboration and synergies to deliver them.