The National youth strategy (NYS) of Cyprus 2017-22 was prepared by the Youth Board of Cyprus and adopted by the Council of Ministers on 18 May 2017. The Youth Board of Cyprus is responsible for youth issues in the country, with the full involvement of national stakeholders.
The post-secondary institutes of vocational education and training (PSIVET) were accredited in April 2017 by the Quality Assurance and Certification Agency for Higher Education as public schools of higher vocational education and training. This accreditation of PSIVET programmes at higher education level is considered an important development, contributing greatly to the aim of further strengthening vocational education and training in Cyprus.
The Youth guarantee initiative aims to support youth employment, ensuring that young people receive an offer of employment, education or training after they finish their studies or become unemployed. One of the first priorities of the new government in Spain on taking office in 2016 was to promote access to, and raise participation in, the national scheme.
The 500 000 formations supplémentaires plan, initiated in January 2016, was designed to provide training to one million job-seekers over the year, doubling the number of unemployed people accessing training. This target having been reached, the initiative is now being extended to mid-2017
Malta has been working on introducing vocational programmes at MQF Level 3 in the last three years of compulsory schooling, from ages 14 to 16. This has happened as part of the national curriculum framework (2012) and in line with the framework for the education strategy for Malta 2014-24: Sustaining foundations, creating alternatives, increasing employability.
The first school year implementing the National plan for digital education (Piano Nazionale Scuola Digitale, PNSD) has reached an end. The plan is the steering document from the education ministry to launch a comprehensive strategy for promoting innovation in Italian schools; the purpose is repositioning the education system in the digital era. The plan consists of 35 actions which will be implemented up to 2020 and is in line with the Italian digital agenda strategy.
The Youth guarantee (garantie jeunes) is a key measure aimed at less qualified young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs) faced with risk of exclusion from the labour market. It targets those aged 16 to 25, not all of whom were previously eligible for the unemployment support scheme of a guaranteed minimum income (revenu de solidarité active).
A statement on a skills framework for the Icelandic education system, intended to reflect incremental skills requirements for formal and informal education in the country, has been signed by stakeholders. These included the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, the Icelandic Federation of Labour (ASÍ), the Confederation of Icelandic Employers (SA), the Federation of State and Municipal Employees (BSRB), Kvasir (an association of lifelong learning and adult education centres), Leikn (an organisation of interested parties for adult learning in Iceland), the Association of Academics (BHM), the Federation of Icelandic Secondary School Students (SÍF) and the National Union for Icelandic Students (LÍS).