In September 2017, the Ministry of Education and Science launched a public consultation on its VET development concept. The main focus areas are flexible learning pathways, attractive learning opportunities, and quality guidance services to match the interests of young people and of the labour market.
Occupational profiles for three new qualifications have been developed: trading in medical devices for home use and assistive technologies; food supplements; and providing professional guidance to the unemployed.
The first national conference on dual education took place on 22 November 2017 in Sofia. Participants discussed their vision for the development of dual education as a way to restructure the national VET system in Bulgaria over the years to come.
A unique career orientation solution developed by the Estonian Youth Work Centre, Civitta Eesti and Maru VR, presents opportunities to explore occupations in nursing and bioanalysis – fields that often suffer from a labour shortage – direct to young people and in virtual reality.
On December 21, 2017, draft legislation was approved by the government by which a new financing model for vocational education will be implemented in 2018. Financing will be provided for the activities and performance of education institutions as a whole. The present model is based on financing the number of students engaged in state-commissioned education, which means that school budgets fluctuate as students change their preferences. The present financing model also fails to ensure the work of support specialists, teaching young people who need a more individual approach, or motivating schools to perform better.
November 2017 marks the fifth anniversary since dual VET was first introduced in Spain and developed through ‘training and apprenticeship contracts’ established by law (Royal Decree 1529/2012).
The National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP) was the body that set up the Greek qualifications register. Since spring 2016 EOPPEP, in cooperation with the European Commission, has been connecting the register to the European classification of skills, competences, qualifications and occupations (ESCO). The register was also showcased as a best practice in the October 2017 ESCO conference.
The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) has been investigating whether there is a need to modernise the four existing dual programmes for information technology (IT) occupations which have remained unchanged since 1997. Against the background of the increasing digitalisation of the world of work, the aims were to identify current and foreseeable requirements for skilled IT staff and to draw up proposals for the future shaping of the IT occupations.
The results of the latest wbmonitor survey show that continuing education and training reached a peak of economic activity in 2016. Organisations providing language and technical qualifications for refugees were notable in experiencing significant developments.