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Skills Competitions & EuroSkills event

Together with our Members, we organise the biennial Euroskills event. EuroSkills is more than just a skills competition; it is a spectacular promotion of professions for young people, showcasing and inspiring world-class excellence in skills and introducing youth to a variety of careers across Europe.

Skills Competitions

Our main focus is to highlight the power of skills competitions as a promotional instrument for a skilled future, and to innovate vocational education programmes. To do so, we connect with European members, industry, governments, and educators to exchange information and best practices on industry and professional education.

New ideas and processes can inspire schoolchildren and teens to dedicate themselves to technical and technological careers, and towards a better future.

National skills events

In each member country, regional and national skills competitions are organised to promote the power of skills and to find the champions that will compete for their nation on the international stage. For more information about national skills events please visit: Member Organisations.

The EuroSkills event

EuroSkills takes place every two years in a Member country and is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in Europe.

Young people up to the age of 25 from countries across Europe compete in more than 40 different skills at the event.

At the heart of each EuroSkills event are the skills competitions, supported by activities such as ‘try a trade’. Hundreds of Europe’s most talented young men and women, selected through national skills competitions, take part in EuroSkills to try and become the best in Europe in their area of expertise.

During the competition, Members, international industry partners, governmental agencies, and educational institutions come together to encourage a world-class standard of skills and competences in Europe.

This partnership between students, governmental and private institutions, and civil society organisations is unique within Europe.

The 7th biennial EuroSkills event will be hosted by Austria in the historic city of Graz. EuroSkills Graz 2021 will take place from 22-26 September 2021. Original dates (16-20 September 2020) postponed due to COVID-19.


For their participation in Europe’s biggest skills event, and in collaboration with Cedefop, all EuroSkills Champions will receive a Europass Mobility certificate to support their future careers.

Europass is an initiative which aims to help young people make their skills and qualifications recognised within Europe.

All EuroSkills events

No. Year Location
7 2020 Graz, Austria
6 2018 Budapest, Hungary
5 2016 Gothenburg, Sweden
4 2014 Lille, France
3 2012 Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
2 2010 Lisbon, Portugal
1 2008

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

All EuroSkills events

Please find a link to all EuroSkills results below, from EuroSkills Gothenburg 2016 and onwards.