A new education and training authority, SOLAS, is being established to replace FÁS-Training and Employment Authority. It is hoped the new agency will bring a more integrated approach to the provision of further education and training in Ireland which has been subject to a high degree of course duplication and fragmentation. SOLAS will operate under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills.
The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) has introduced embedded learning, benefitting learners with negative school experiences.
In October 2011, the Icelandic Ministry of Education, Science and Culture for the first time allocated funds to workplaces for the training of apprentices.
In Iceland, young unemployed people are offered free education while still receiving unemployment benefits.
A drastic reduction in the number of qualified staff and specialists is a key problem in Bulgaria, hindering the development and functioning of entire sectors of the economy and social life spheres. These are the main conclusions of the project "Development and implementation of an information system for assessing the competence of the workforce in sectors and regions", funded by the Operational Programme "Human Resources Development".
The latest in Cedefop's series of descriptions of national VET systems summarises Poland's socioeconomic background and planned reforms and explains how vocational education and training is currently organised for young people and for adults.
Do we share a common language on training issues? For the EU-27, with its current 501 million citizens and single labour market, such questions are hardly academic: common understanding leads to common trust. The multilingual (DE,EN,FR) glossary attempts to make this understanding easier.