Cedefop hosted the 23rd ECVET (European Credit system for VET) users group and the ECVET network meeting at its premises in Thessaloniki on 11 and 12 October.
A series of reports is being produced as part of Cedefop’s ongoing project on the changing nature and role of vocational education and training (VET) in Europe.
Cedefop has launched an online survey as part of the project Changing nature and role of vocational education and training (VET) in Europe. The project aims to improve our understanding of how VET is changing in the European Union countries (including Norway and Iceland) and to support the European Commission in setting objectives for post-2020 European cooperation in VET.
The interaction between vocational education and training (VET) systems and a rapidly changing world of work was the theme of Cedefop’s 4th Brussels-based seminar, organised with the cooperation of the Estonian EU Presidency on 8 December.
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’.