Established in 2010, the Icelandic College of Fisheries (ICF) became a certified VET training institution in 2012. The only one of its kind in Iceland, it is an industry-based college offering education and basic training in fisheries, fish processing and aquaculture as well as providing specialised programmes, tailor-made courses and in-service training for the fishing industry in Iceland. The college is situated in Grindavík – one of the larger fishing communities in Iceland - and works closely with many of the largest and most technically advanced fishing industry companies in the country.
In March 2018 the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA), published a study providing forecasts for employment and demand for labour in green economic sectors and occupations for 2017-27.
In 2018, The Ministry of Education, Children and Youth has launched Mengschoul, a platform aiming to help young people to find the right secondary programme and school to continue their education. Diversification of the school offer is a main priority of educational policies in Luxembourg. Recent reform offers growing autonomy to schools to push this diversification and to support school innovation efforts. With this development pupils have a larger choice of diverse secondary programmes, making their choice of the right programme and school more challenging while delivering the support provided in this platform.
The Finnish national agency for education report highlighted that 11.4% of IVET students do not complete their initial undergraduate degree. The share of learners leaving their studies early has risen by 2.8% since the academic year 2013/14. The student's age, gender, language background and field of study were found to affect the completion of the qualification. However, about 25% of the cases of discontinuing IVET programmes are explained by transition to other studies.
The Education and Employers charity has identified good practices that schools in England successfully employ to aid young people’s transitions from school to apprenticeships, during a period of time when the overall number of teenage apprenticeship starts has stagnated.
In April 2018 Statistics Iceland published an overview of new entrants to upper secondary education. There were two major findings: a reduction in new entrants at upper secondary level and the increasing number of new entrants that had chosen to enter general programmes rather than vocational ones.
In October 2017, the Fab-Lab workshop in Akranes was allocated new and larger housing as well as new equipment, in line with an agreement with the Ministry of Industries and Innovation. There are seven digital workshops in Iceland called Fab-Lab or fabrication laboratory.
New Act on social economy and social enterprises offers a solid legislative framework to address long-term unemployment via work-based learning in social enterprises.
The Centre for Education Development is carrying out the Partnership for vocational education and training project, supported by the ESF-funded Knowledge education development operational programme. The project started in January 2016 and will end in February 2019. Its aim is to adapt VET to the needs of the labour market. It involves representatives of employers, VET education staff and teachers, and other stakeholders.
The Ministry of National Education is preparing the Integrated skills strategy (Zintegrowana Strategia Umiejętności - ZSU). Development of the strategy is funded by the ESF under the framework of the partnership agreement of the European Structural and Investment Funds. The strategy focuses on building, maintaining and using the country’s human capital to increase employment and economic growth and promote social inclusion. It covers general and vocational education, and initial, continuing and higher education; it also refers to non-formal and informal learning.