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Cedefop at the Greek Parliament
Cedefop presented its work to the Greek Parliament, for the first time, on 23 October. A delegation headed by Director James Calleja addressed MPs of the Education and Social Affairs select committees and answered questions on the agency’s contribution to the development of vocational education and training (VET) and its cooperation with Greek authorities and VET institutions.
Invest in more good quality and innovative jobs – Cedefop Director
‘Europe’s true problem is not one of a deficit of skills, but primarily a deficit of creation of good quality jobs,’ Cedefop Director James Calleja told the European Parliament of Enterprises on 16 October in Brussels.
Coming soon: Cedefop’s new web portal
Cedefop’s web portal is undertaking a major makeover. In the second week of November, the new web portal will go live with a fresher look and feel, also providing several new features.

Featured news

Valuing diversity: guidance for labour market integration of migrants 20/10/2014
Arguing for guidance to ease the integration of third country immigrants into the European labour market may seem untimely given today’s high youth unemployment, but anticipating future developments and informing policy-makers are one of Cedefop’s main tasks.
Adult skills and VET: further findings from the OECD Survey of Adult Skills 14/10/2014
Adults with upper-secondary VET qualifications generally have lower levels of literacy and numeracy proficiency than people with general upper-secondary education, according to the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC). This is not surprising.
New data comparing literacy rates in general and vocational education 01/10/2014
Literacy skills of adults aged 25-64 with general education tend to be higher than for those with vocational qualifications across all European countries covered by the OECD’s Survey of Adult Skills.
Special Eurobarometer survey on the European area for skills and qualifications 24/06/2014
Analytical highlights: short papers for policy makers and professionals 23/06/2014
The Analytical highlights is a series of short papers published on the EU Skills Panorama website.
Guiding principles on professional development of trainers in VET 26/05/2014
Guiding principles point to the key role of trainers (tutors, instructors, mentors) in companies who ensure high quality work-based learning and the link between education and real working life. The stronger the link, the easier is job-seeking and skill matching to the needs of companies. Competent trainers also contribute to ensuring that students will stay in education, that young and older, employed and unemployed, will come back to learning.
Cedefop discusses results of OECD survey on adult skills – Thessaloniki is the host 02/12/2013
Countries, employers and individuals need a clear idea of how labour markets and economies are changing and how people are meeting the demand for skills in the 21st century. People with low skills face a greater risk of economic disadvantage. They are more likely to be unemployed and suffer from poor health. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) survey of adult skills (PIAAC) aims to provide some insights into how skills are being developed and used in 24 countries. The first findings of the survey were published in October 2013. They show that the young are more literate, but proficiency in literacy peaks at around 30 years of age.

Forthcoming events

Cedefop conference 'Stepping up the pace'

The next stage of European tools for transparency, recognition and quality in education and training

27/11/2014 to 28/11/2014 Thessaloniki, Greece

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