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.
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.
The third forum for dual-track education was organised in spring 2016 within the Dual education for the modern requirements and needs of society project (Domino).
The Greek referencing report was approved by the European Qualifications Framework Advisory Group (EQF AG) in December 2015, ending the first phase of the Hellenic qualifications framework (HQF) development. The report was prepared by Eoppep (National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance), the body responsible for the creation and development of the HQF, under the supervision and coordination of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. This followed a period of consultation with national stakeholders where consensus was achieved.