ReferNet, Cedefop’s network of institutions providing information on vocational education and training (VET) in EU Member States plus Iceland and Norway, welcomed several new partners in July.
Skills for confident and conscious use of information technology are becoming increasingly important in a changing society. In IVET, digital competence may be crucial for learners to adapt in a competitive economy. To promote digital competence, the Swedish government is proposing a strategic nationwide programme that takes IVET-specific needs into account.
The Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism has launched a shared working spaces plan for entrepreneurs and a youth employment plan, in cooperation with the School of Industrial Organization (Escuela de Organización Industrial - EOI). These plans have a combined budget of EUR 83 million and a target of more than 8 500 young adults and entrepreneurs.
The results of a student survey on the attractiveness of vocational education and training (VET), conducted by the University of Maastricht in cooperation with the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), show that around a third of students have doubts about whether they will complete the course of higher education study they are currently undertaking. About 30% believe that training in the dual system is an attractive alternative.
An increasing number of university applicants in the UK have an expanding range of secondary level qualifications; many of these are vocational in nature.
The potential impact of work-based learning (WBL) in developing those VET student skills and competences needed by the world of work is strongly acknowledged; it is high in the Riga conclusions agenda for 2015-20.
Vocational and education training (VET) reform in Finland (foreseen to be implemented in 2018) meets the demands of future skills and unifies VET steering and financing systems. The reform aims to strengthen the role of VET in society and support students’ growth holistically into well-rounded and balanced individuals, providing them with the knowledge and skills needed for further studies.
It is not easy to find one’s way around in a foreign country. Refugees and asylum seekers in Germany have different ways of gaining initial practical experience in the labour market. Many initiatives, chambers and associations, as well as businesses, provide local career guidance. The website of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) offers basic information on foreigners’ rights and opportunities, helping them to navigate the German labour market.
On 10 March 2016, the Minister of Labour and Social Policies, Giuliano Poletti announced the launch of two important, innovative and interrelated projects. The Growing entrepreneurs education project, that will be financed through the SELFIEmployment fund, aims at improving access and use of financial resources and training opportunities offered by the Youth Guarantee measures.
Enabling young people to obtain a good, stable job quickly is a real challenge for society since the young are one of the groups most affected by unemployment. It is with this in mind that the TEVA study (Transition Ecole-Vie Active – transition from school to working life) was carried out by the Luxembourgish Training Observatory.