Skills Meetup Sweden 2023
19 - 21 April
How can we solve labour market skills shortages?
How do we build a resilient infrastructure for lifelong learning?
What needs to be done to strengthen both working life and individuals, for increased competitiveness?

Welcome to a meetup that provides opportunities for exchanging experience, networking and mutual learning about current issues for efficient skills supply. The focus will be on qualifications and NQFs, micro credentials, vocational education and training, and the validation of prior learning in both education and working life. Good practices from Sweden, the Nordic countries and other EU member states will be presented.

The international part of the three-day event starts on Friday April 21. The working language will be English. Note that for April 19-20 the working language will be Swedish.

The meetup is hosted by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education (Myndigheten för yrkeshögskolan, MYH) and the EU-funded projects NOVA-Nordic, BOSS and SeQF 3.0 as well as the project Kompetenspasset. Skills Meetup Sweden 2023 is arranged in connection with the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU.

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The international part of Skills Meetup is on Friday, April 21, starting at 9 am (CET). The first two days of the meetup is a national conference held in Swedish. For full agenda visit

Friday, April 21 
Opening and welcome
Christer Bergqvist, Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education (MYH)
Moderator, Shawn Mendes, Swedish Public Employment Service

European Year of Skills
Presentation of the European Year of Skills initiative

Non-formal learning is part of the solution
The NOVA-Nordic project – Results and conclusions
Anna Kahlson, MYH, Sweden
Anni Karttunen, Globedu, Finland
Fjóla María Lárusdóttir, ETSC, Iceland

Keynote – Validation and NQFs in focus
Ernesto Villalba, Cedefop

Nordic Quality Compass on Validation of Prior Learning
The Nordic Network for Adult Learning (NVL)


Parallel breakout sessions 
Non-formal learning and national qualifications framework
Austrian Qualifications Framework, Karl Andrew Müllner, Austria
Dutch Qualifications Framework, Tijs Piljs, The Netherlands
Qualifications in the property management sector, Fastighetsbranschens Utbildningsnämnd, James Johnson, Sweden
Non-formal learning and micro credentials
Micro-credentials and evolving qualifications systems, Anastasia Pouliou, Cedefop  
Mapping the use of micro credentials in the Nordic countries, Bodil Husted, NVL and VIA University College, Denmark
Exploring micro-credentials in a Swedish context, Hans Almgren, MYH; Tania Sarmiento, Swedish PES; Olle Nyman, RISE, Sweden

Non-formal learning and validation

Sector industry validation in Sweden, Helén Björnsdotter, MYH
Validation in the Swedish manufacturing and maintenance sector, Johan Nordberg, Svensk industrivalidering
 Validation in Working Life, Fjóla María Lárusdóttir and Haukur Harðarson, Iceland

National qualifications databases

Ongoing national and European developments, speaker tbc
Guidelines for short descriptions of qualifications, Karl Andrew Müllner, Austria

Can international cooperation facilitate better skills supply?
Panel discussion
Ernesto Villalba, Cedefop
Antra Carlsen, Nordic Network for Adult Learning (NVL)
Tijs Piljs, NLQF, the Netherlands
Anna Kahlson, SeQF, Sweden

Closing remarks 
Director General Eino Örnfeldt, Swedish Council for Higher Education
Shawn Mendes, Swedish Public Employment Service
Christer Bergqvist, MYH



Participation, April 19-20
Participation, April 21
The event is free of charge. Lunch and coffee are included. Please note that in case of non-participation without cancellation, a fee will be charged. Please also note that the organiser is not covering travel and accommodation.
Registration is open until March 24 but may close earlier if the event is fully booked. The digital registration is open until April 17. 

The closest airport is Kastrup, Copenhagen. You will reach the venue through train to Hyllie (about 20 min).

The digital part of the event is a broadcast with limited opportunities for interaction. Link will be sent out via email.

For questions, please contact

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19 - 21 April
icons location
Quality Hotel View 
Hyllie, Malmö
Skills Meetup Sweden 2023 is arranged in cooperation with
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The BOSS-project started on January 1, 2018 and ends on April 30, 2023. The project is funded by the European Social Fund and aims to increase trust in and transferability of the results of validation of prior learning. The purpose is to increase the benefits and use of sector industry specific validation for employers and individuals. The project is aimed at representatives of key sectors that work to develop and quality assure the validation of professional competence. In total, about thirty sector industry organisations have participated in the project. At Skills Meetup Sweden 2023, BOSS will spread results achieved through the project.
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NOVA - Nordic
NOVA-Nordic is a project funded by Erasmus+, comparing NQFs in the Nordic countries, Austria and the Netherlands. The main focus of NOVA-Nordic are qualifications awarded outside of the formal education systems, whether these qualifications can be included in the NQFs and if they can be achieved through validation. The project is run by the Swedish Agency for Higher Vocational Education partnering with the Education and Training Service Centre, Iceland and GlobEdu, Finland. During Skills Meetup Sweden 2023 the third multiplier event for the project takes place, on April 21, with international guests and speakers.
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SeQF 3.0
The Swedish National Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (SeQF) is based on and referenced to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). The purpose of the frameworks are to make it easier to compare qualifications from studies and work life both nationally and internationally. This promotes and improves lifelong learning and employability, mobility and social integration for workers and students in Sweden and within the EU. SeQF also contributes to more effective validation, matching and guidance for strengthened working life, competitiveness, and empowered individuals. SeQF is open to both formal qualifications, from the formal education system, and for other qualifications, e.g., from industries, folk high schools, private education providers and others. During Skills Meetup Sweden 2023 we will get back to the central role of qualifications and the SeQF for effective skills supply.
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Kompetenspasset is a project exploring micro credentials in a Swedish context. The project aims to develop a model for documenting and quality assuring learning outcomes that do not lead to a full qualification but are portable, transferable, and learner centred. The project, which is financed by Vinnova (Sweden’s Innovation Agency), is run by RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden) together with the Swedish Agency for Higher Vocational Education, the Swedish Public Employment Service, and the Swedish Council for Higher Education. The project is piloting a model that could be the basis for a national approach to digitised documentation of learning linked to, and compatible with, the EU's work with micro credentials. Kompetenspasset and micro credentials will be highlighted several times during our days in Malmö.
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The registration has been closed since 18/04/2023 00:00.