On Monday 16 October 2017 the General Secretariat for Lifelong Learning & Youth of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, organised a conference on “The European agenda for Adult education and training”. Cedefop expert, Anastasia Pouliou participated and presented Cedefop’s role in European policies, lifelong learning and the New Skills agenda.
At the meeting of Directors General for Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the framework of the Estonian EU Presidency, in Tallinn on 9 and 10 October, Cedefop Director James Calleja argued that the future of VET is bright despite a range of factors which could potentially destabilise the sector.
Cedefop’s work and the future of vocational education and training (VET) were presented at a conference organised by the Research Institute of the General Confederation of Greek Workers (KANEP/GSEE) in Athens on 26 September.
Initial findings from the ongoing (2015-18) Cedefop study on the changing nature and role of vocational education and training (VET) in Europe were discussed at a reflection workshop on 16 and 17 February in Thessaloniki.
In several European countries, fewer students now opt for initial vocational education and training (VET), preferring higher, academically oriented education. The cause and extent of this trend is unclear. Outside traditional VET, however – often at higher education levels – vocationally oriented education and training is gaining ground.
Speaking at events in Brussels and Turin, Cedefop Director James Calleja urged vocational education and training (VET) stakeholders to ‘think European, but act locally’.