On January 26, 2023, Skillman, represented by Giovanni Crisonà and Valentina De Vico, held an official meeting at the Ministry of Education and Science in Riga, Latvia to discuss and plan future cooperation synergies.
Also present at the meeting was Ilze Brante, director of the Ogre Technical School, a modern and innovative vocational training institute located in Ogre, Latvia, 40 km from the capital Riga. Ogre Technical School prepares highly qualified professionals by offering nineteen secondary vocational education programmes in areas such as forestry, wood technology, electronics, tourism, and leisure organisation, food technology, textile production, art (creative industries), IT, administrative work, and food services.
Currently, the technical school in Ogre has 948 students (16-20 years old), 98 teachers and 49 supporting staff.
The meeting was very fruitful and many ideas for future cooperation and active contribution to the development of the TVET community emerged from the discussion.
As a first official commitment of the upcoming synergy, it was agreed that the 2023 edition of the annual Skillman International Forum will be held in Riga in September, with the cooperation of the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ogre Technical School.