The introduction of work-based learning was the main goal of the legal changes that came into force in September 2015, introducing dual vocational education and training (VET) in Poland.
Within a tripartite negotiation process, the social partners have agreed on a new vocational programme for refugees in Denmark. It provides the opportunity for refugees to enter a job-training programme for up to 24 months, plus a financial incentive to companies which employ and train refugees. The programme will be operational by July 2016.
Financial Services Ireland (FSI), and the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) that represents the financial services sector, has announced the creation of 1 000 new apprenticeships as part of the international financial services apprenticeship initiative. In September 2016, 220 apprenticeships will be offered and FSI expects to deliver 1 000 placements by 2020.
Cooperation between vocational education and training (VET) schools and companies is essential to improving the quality of apprenticeships.
Linking VET schools with the world of work to meet labour market needs is a long-term challenge for education and training in Slovakia.
The public vocational education and training (VET) system in Cyprus is being reformed to increase its attractiveness and become capable of sufficiently addressing skills demand in changing labour market conditions.
In May 2016 Portugal will stage the national occupation championships in Coimbra.
The federal act (NQR-Gesetz) on the national qualifications framework (NQF) entered into force on 15 March 2016 and officially established the NQF in Austria. It also marked the end of an extended development process on defining the key points of the NQF, involving a wide range of stakeholder groups. The NQF law now provides a clear basis for allocating qualifications.
Comprehensive curriculum reform is under way in Croatia, guided by the 2014 Strategy for education, science and technology. The first segment of the reform, creating 52 new curriculum documents, was completed at the end of February 2016.