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Recognition of professional qualifications
Qualifications: a key area of work for Cedefop
‘Through systematic research over many years, Cedefop has been analysing how qualifications are awarded and used across Europe and how they support the needs of individuals for lifelong learning, recognition and employability,’ the Centre’s Deputy Director told a European Training Foundation (ETF) conference on making better qualifications, at the European Parliament in Brussels.
European policies: catalysts for innovation and youth employment
In vocational training, but also for general economic growth needed for employment, European policies are catalysts for innovation, according to Cedefop Director James Calleja.
Press release - Germany: training brings job opportunities for young people, but training for adults lags behind Pressemitteilung - Deutschland: Berufsausbildung bringt gute Beschäftigungschancen für junge Menschen, doch die Erwachsenenbildung hinkt hinterher
In Germany, students in initial vocational education and training (IVET) accounted for 48.6% of all upper secondary students in 2012, close to the EU average of 50.3%, but below Italy’s 60% according to indicators compiled by Cedefop (the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training). The main difference between Germany’s IVET students and other countries is that 88.2% are enrolled in combined work- and school-based programmes, compared to only 27% in the EU as a whole.
Press release - France: young people staying on in school but not enough adults are learning Communiqué de presse: Éducation et formation en France: les jeunes quittent moins l’école mais la participation des adultes est trop faible
Although around 45% of employees participate in continuing vocational training courses provided by enterprises, adult participation in lifelong learning in 2012 in France was only 5.7%. This is well below the European average of 9.0% and a long way from the European target of 15% to be reached by 2020. According to indicators compiled by Cedefop (the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training), adult participation in lifelong learning in France is also below Spain (10.7%) and Italy (6.6%), but slightly above Germany (7.9%).
Press release - Italy: vocational education and training can improve job prospects for young people Communicato stampa - Italia: l'istruzione e la formazione professionale possono migliorare le prospettive lavorative dei giovani
Italy has high numbers of young people participating in initial vocational education and training compared to the EU average. According to indicators compiled by Cedefop (the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training), in 2012, 60% of all upper secondary students in Italy were vocational students, above the EU average of 50.3% and higher than in Germany (48.6%) and France (44.6%).
Greener Skills and Jobs Cedefop-OECD LEED publication
Digital opportunities for education in the EU
Public consultation on a European area of skills and qualifications
Cedefop launches European Skills Survey (eu-SKILLS)
To find out more about the skills needed for jobs and how they are used, as well as about skill mismatch, Cedefop has started collecting data for the first European Skills Survey. Around 50,000 adult employees across all the European Union’s 28 Member States will be surveyed precisely to find out the extent of skill mismatch and how it can develop during someone’s career.