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.
Since the 2016 law on the integrated qualifications system came into force, a national qualifications framework level is assigned to every qualification awarded in the formal education system.
Reform of vocational upper secondary education will update all vocational education and training (VET) by 2018.