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- Press release - Study visit grants for education and training specialists - Application deadline: 28 March 2013
- Education and training specialists are invited to apply for the next round of the study visits programme, comprising 119 study visits in 28 countries between September 2013 and February 2014. Participants – policy-makers and other specialists from education, training and the social partners - will receive an EU grant covering expenses.
- Press release - For young people, vocational education is a better route to employment
- Vocational education graduates of upper-secondary or post-secondary schools have a greater chance of being employed than graduates of general education at the same level. They are also less likely to spend prolonged periods without work, and more likely to stay on in their first job for more than four years.
- Press release - In 2013, study visits bring together education, training and work
- Subjects of particular interest in today’s economic climate, such as cooperation between companies, schools and local communities, and methods of improving skills and employability, are among the highlights of the next round of study visits, scheduled between March and June 2013.
- Council conclusions on responding to demographic challenges through enhanced participation in the labour market and society by all
- Press release - Underinvestment in green skills raises concerns
- For many companies in the environmental field, the current crisis means easier access to qualified workers. This situation encourages firms to cut back training for green skills. But without long-term investment, particularly in science and technology training, employers may soon experience a shortage of people with the right skills. In fact, countries with low unemployment are already facing such shortages. The potential repercussions for the European economy and labour market are serious. A forthcoming Cedefop publication suggests this outcome can be avoided if, among other measures, countries integrate skills strategies into their environment and energy policies.
- Press release - How learning professionals benefit from study visits – and why you should apply
- After participating in a study visit, education and vocational training professionals come back to work with new ideas and new connections.
- Mapping out the next three years
- Cedefop’s medium-term priorities set out the main areas of the Centre’s work in 2012-2014, including how it will support the modernisation of vocational training streams, its skills forecasting activities and its focus on adult and work-based learning.
- Call for papers: Learning later in life – uncovering the potential of investing in an ageing workforce, Brussels, 21-22 September 2011
- Cedefop and the European Commission are jointly organising a two-day international seminar on learning later in life and the impact of investing in an ageing workforce.
- VET in Europe – Country reports 2010
- Priorities for enhanced European cooperation in vocational education and training for the period 2011-2020 - Council Conclusions
- Vocational education and training: Have the European tools improved learning, mobility and employment?
- Almost half a year ago, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on vocational education and training (VET) initiated by MEP Nadja Hirsch. Looking back at almost 10 years since the launch of the Copenhagen process for a better cooperation in VET, the resolution calls on the Member States to live up to their promises and implement measures to make VET fit for the future.
- 6th BIBB Vocational Education and Training Congress 2011
- Developing competences - opening up opportunities
- Training leave and payback clauses: policies and practices in Europe
- Agora conference on policy
- Active labour market policies for the EU 2020-strategy: ways to move forward
- 12th TTnet Annual Conference: Better teaching for better learning. Supporting teachers and trainers meeting challenges of today and tomorrow.
- Weiterbildung Mnchen 2009
- Weiterbildung: Schreckgespenst oder Karrierehilfe: die Bildungsangebote aus Sicht der ArbeitnehmerInnen
- Agora conference: Financing continuing training
- The need to provide continuing training for an ageing workforce has led to a proliferation of cost-sharing schemes across Europe and beyond. These include tax incentives, loans, training funds, and individual learning accounts.
- Individual learning accounts: An incentive for financing continuing vocational education and training
- The objective of the seminar is to provide a forum to discuss Individual learning accounts (ILAs), where not only the results of ongoing and completed work on financing CVET through ILA can be presented, but also suggestions for further research. The seminar will bring together some of the foremost experts in ILAs involved in research and policy, representing different perspectives and approaches.
- Lifelong Learning - Bibliography
- Lifelong Learning - Bibliography
- Statistics and indicators - Bibliography
- Statistics and indicators - Bibliography
- Portugal: adult education survey 2011
- Of the population aged 18 to 69, 46% participated in some kind of education or training in 2011.
- Luxembourg: government’s financial participation in continuing training of private sector companies
- In 2010, EUR 24.8 million were invested to support training plans of private companies, a loss of 8.1 % compared to 2009. This is due to a change in the legal basis (reduction of eligible costs) and also a reduction in companies’ training efforts.
- Silver workers - golden opportunities
- The European workforce is getting older. By 2060 there will be only two people of working age (15-64 years) in the European Union for every person aged over 65 years, compared to four to one today. Many EU countries, in response are increasing retirement ages.
- Lithuania: traineeships of vocational teachers in enterprises
- In November 2012, a group of vocational teachers from the wood processing sector started in-service training in enterprises. The opportunity is provided via the ESF-supported project ‘Development and implementation of the system for improving the technological competences of vocational teachers and lecturers’ (Profesijos mokytojų ir dėstytojų technologinių kompetencijų tobulinimo sistemos sukūrimas ir įdiegimas).
- Bulgaria: opportunities for youth training in Bulgaria
- ‘First job’ is a national agreement signed by the government and social partners in Bulgaria in September 2012. Related to the initiative schemes have been launched targeting unemployed young people up to age 29; these are funded by the operational programme ‘Human resources development’. Activities include either vocational training or training in key competences, with the aim of increasing participants’ employability on the labour market.
- Luxembourg: the economically-active population and lifelong learning - State of play
- In 2010, the Luxembourg Training Observatory launched a survey ( ) to evaluate the economically-active population’s perception of lifelong learning. Results of this survey were extremely valuable. Of respondents, 90% see continuous training as a solution to improve their skills and increase their working value.
- Austrian: Open Access Journal for Adult Education celebrates its fifth anniversary
- Soaring number of readers since 2007, now with English abstracts
- Bulgaria – Distance e-learning
- All Bulgarian citizens have now access to an electronic self-study platform in two thematic areas: ‘Social and legal labour relationships’ and ‘Teamwork and social activities’.
- Iceland - Skilled workers happy with and proud of their professions
- The IDAN training centre recently conducted a survey among skilled workers in Iceland on their attitudes towards their professions. Over 3800 skilled workers in 21 occupations answered a questionnaire about their working environments, professions and training. The results showed that more than 90% were proud of their professions and almost 87% of respondents were satisfied with their work. Almost three out of four stated that they would recommend their profession to young people.
- European Commission invites business community to focus on vocational training
- On 7 and 8 June, the European Commission took a step towards bringing policy makers and the business community closer together: it organised the first European business forum on vocational training. The forum, dedicated to "challenges and trends in skills and career development of the European workforce", was focused on companies' approaches to skills development of both adult workers and young people.
- Continuing earlier activities on older workers and lifelong learning, this project aims to increase understanding of and provide new insights into ageing and work through new research. Its purpose is to support evidence-based active ageing policies in the context of widespread population ageing in many western societies.
- Cedefop supports the development of a European adult learning policy as part of the lifelong learning strategy by following up the Council’s conclusions and the European Commission’s action plan on adult learning. Cedefop monitors and reviews adult learning trends and policy developments such as wider access to and adult participation in education and training, strengthening the quality of provision and upgrading the qualifications of the adult population.
- About Lifelong Guidance
- Cedefop’s lifelong guidance project reviews Member States’ progress in implementing the Council resolutions on lifelong guidance (2004, 2008). To this end, Cedefop carries out research, organises knowledge sharing events and cooperates with the European Commission and Member States through the European lifelong guidance policy network (ELGPN).
- VET in Europe is the most comprehensive information resource on vocational education and training (VET) systems in Europe. ReferNet, Cedefop’s European network, provides descriptions of national VET systems in the European Union, Norway and Iceland based on a common template designed by Cedefop.
- Trainers in VET
- A trainer is a skilled worker who introduces newly recruited employees to the company, provides training to co-workers as part of the job or mentors apprentices.
Cedefop and the European Commission jointly coordinate a thematic working group on the professional development of trainers in vocational education and training (VET), which was launched in 2012. Members of the group come from ministries, national bodies and training and research centres in the Member States.
The group aims to identify examples of effective policies and practice and to consider how policies can support vocational trainers in the workplace with:
(a) their role and tasks;
(b) the competences that they need;
(c) ways of validating the competences they acquire and
(d) opportunities to keep their knowledge, skills and competence up-to-date.
The outcomes of the work of the group will contribute to European cooperation on vocational education and training (the Bruges Communiqué) and will be made available on this website.
- In this project Cedefop monitors and analyses progress towards achieving targets in vocational education and training that have been agreed within the Copenhagen process of enhanced European cooperation.
A new report, “A bridge to the future. European policy for vocational education and training 2002-2010” has been published on 7 December 2010. This is Cedefop’s fourth report on European policy cooperation. For the full list of policy reports see “Selected for you”.
- Cedefop’s fourth report on VET (2009) research examines European VET policy priorities for modernising VET from a research perspective. It also takes a critical look at the drivers for and challenges to VET modernisation.