Initial findings from the ongoing (2015-18) Cedefop study on the changing nature and role of vocational education and training (VET) in Europe were discussed at a reflection workshop on 16 and 17 February in Thessaloniki.
In this second instalment on the future of work, Cedefop's European skills and jobs survey reveals that more than seven in 10 adult employees in the EU need at least some fundamental ICT level to be able to perform their jobs; yet, about one in three of those employees are at risk of digital skill gaps.
Cedefop’s key objective is to look at the world of work and the world of education and to see how we can align them to build the right workforce for the future, the EU agency’s Director James Calleja said at the European Parliament in Brussels on 26 January.
In a meeting at the headquarters of the European Federation for Welding (EWF) in Lisbon on 27 January, international and welding sector experts discussed the latest vocational education and training (VET) developments and reflected on future scenarios in relation to the European tools and their use in the sector.
Preliminary observations from Cedefop’s ReferNet network reports show that most EU Member States have in place measures promoting key competences in upper secondary vocational education and training (VET).
A Cedefop delegation headed by Director James Calleja discussed issues of mutual interest with Greek ministers on 20 January in Athens.