The new state maturitais designed to be more comparable, prestigious and objective. Itis also expected to become more pertinent for higher education institutions and employers.
In November 2009, a Law on lifelong learning created a right to information, advice and assistance in vocational guidance. To allow all French citizens to assert this right, the Law also provided for the creation of a lifelong guidance body, the Service public de l'orientation (SPO), with two main missions: to certify guidance bodies and to implement a guidance service.
The ‘Noor Meister 2011’ (Young Master) skills competition took place on 1 and 2 December 2011 as part of the information seminar ‘Teeviit’ (Road Sign).
On 1 January 2012, changes were made to the organisation of vocational training for the unemployed following recent amendments to the Law to promote employment.
To encourage Lithuanian vocational education and training (VET) providers to share their good practice and promote VET, the Qualifications and VET Development Centre (Kvalifikacijų ir profesinio mokymo plėtros centras) launched a good practice competition. The winners were announced on 1 December 2011 during the conference on ‘Vocational education and training: the future and success’.