With a 33.2% unemployment rate in the 15-24 age group in 2011, Slovakia was the EU’s third worst-performing country in employment. In response to a letter by Mr. Barroso asking eight EU countries to rethink actions to fight their disproportionally high youth unemployment rate, the Slovak government decided to reallocate EUR 70 million from the ESF Operational programme education (OPE) to the Operational programme employment and social inclusion (OPESI). The resources will be diverted predominantly from Measure 1.1, focused on transformation of traditional schools into modern ones, Measure 1.2, focused on higher education institutions and research and development, and Measure 2.1, focused on CVET and LLL. While OPESI lacks the means to support youth employment and additional sources amounting to the EUR 70 million identified as needed, OPE features very low drawing and contracting (15.72% and 56.73% from May 2012).
Combating unemployment, in particular youth unemployment, is an important objective of the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA). Responding to the adverse effects of the economic crisis on the labour market, the HRDA has put forward a Special prevention scheme – action plan which includes a variety of measures targeted towards employees, the unemployed and economically inactive.
Improving quality is a key priority in vocational education and training. A manual for self-assessment is used in initial vocational education in Bulgaria to contribute to it.
All Bulgarian citizens have now access to an electronic self-study platform in two thematic areas: ‘Social and legal labour relationships’ and ‘Teamwork and social activities’.
Telework for family life-work reconciliation in the EU: promoting women participation and mobility - WOMEN IN, is a project currently funded by the European Commission, the Leonardo da Vinci programme and the Transfer of innovation subprogramme. It is being implemented between October 2011 and September 2013.
Collaboration among government, local municipalities and businesses concerning additional labour market and education measures will enable those affected by the Saab company bankruptcy to recover and develop in new fields of innovation.
The best information always comes from the source. Ten years ago, Cedefop set up a network designed to provide it with the most reliable information on national vocational education and training systems and policies. So this week's annual ReferNet plenary meeting is not all business - it's also a celebration of an excellent partnership.