OECD Local Skills Week: Future-Proofing Local Skills Systems


João Santos

European Commission

Senior Expert


João Santos is a Senior expert in the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion at the European Commission in Brussels. The Unit is responsible for Vocational Education and Training as well as for the policy orientation of the Erasmus+ programme in this sector. He previously worked as the coordinator of a geographical desk, and was involved in the negotiations on the EU structural polices supported by the European Social Fund. His responsibilities included Employment, Skills, Social Protection and Social inclusion. He also worked on international relations covering the employment and social affairs dimension of the EU bilateral cooperation with China, the USA, and Canada, as well as on multilateral cooperation within the United Nations framework, on issues related to the Social Dimension of Globalization and the Decent work Agenda. From 2009 to 2013 he worked at the EU Delegation to China and Mongolia as a diplomatic Counsellor dealing with bilateral trade and investment issues, as well as people-to-people dialogue. For more information on the EU initiative “Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVE)” take a look at the following webpages: Watch this animated video presenting the EU initiative on CoVEs https://europa.eu/!cu83xr Europa Website on CoVE https://ec.europa.eu/social/vocational-excellence Applying for Erasmus+ CoVE funding https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/opportunities/topic-details/erasmus-edu-2022-pex-cove The Erasmus+ programme https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/node_en European Training Foundation Network for Excellence (ENE) https://www.etf.europa.eu/en/projects-campaigns/projects/vocational-excellence The Center of Vocational Excellence Match Making Map (developed by Katapult): https://www.wearekatapult.eu/cove-match-making-map/

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