In 2015, the Flemish government made a decision to develop new procedures for finding an apprenticeship place, with the purpose of elaborating a high-quality, fully-fledged alternative to existing 'classic' education systems. This reform had an impact on all stakeholders and related fields; significant developments are already visible.
The education ministry has entrusted the Directorate of Education with the creation of a database containing general job descriptions and their requirements. The objective is to provide access for those who might have interest in the great amount of data that exists on legally certified professions. Stakeholders that might be interested to this database include vocational upper secondary schools, employers, career counsellors, students and parents.
Many initiatives have been taken in recent years to improve levels of digitalisation in schools. The education ministry develops and maintains the infrastructure for new technologies in the education and research system with support of the Croatian Academic and Research Network (CARNet) and University Computing Center (Srce).
Skills Finland and its partners train the Finnish national team for the international WorldSkills, EuroSkills and Abilympics competitions. They also organise the annual national Taitaja, TaitajaPLUS and Taitaja9 competitions.
The Introduction of entry requirements for VET programmes in 2015 enabled applicants without the necessary admission requirements to take an entrance examination at a vocational college.
German companies have an urgent need not only for well-qualified graduates, but also for graduates from vocational schools with the confidence to take on management positions. However, these vocational schools, where skilled workers are trained for so many fields, are often pushed into the background. How can VET students be encouraged to go into management or set up their own company, even without an academic degree?
In 2009, the ministers of education and the arts of the German Federal States (Länder) agreed on general and subject-based requirements to grant those with vocational qualifications access to higher education.
With returning economic growth in recent years, companies in the Czech Republic have been facing a shortage of skilled labour. Labour supply does not match demand on the labour market and the practical skills of graduates entering the labour market are often insufficient.
Events including round table discussions and an open day were organised in Cyprus, during the European vocational skills week of 5 to 9 December 2016.
Skills credentials have existed in Belgium since 2005; any person over the age of 18 who has experience, but no corresponding diploma, can have it officially recognised free of charge. Over 28 000 credentials have already been issued in 47 approved centres in Wallonia and Brussels, in 39 occupations.