At a meeting of the European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL), in Brussels on 24 March, Cedefop was invited to exchange views on the Commission’s green employment initiative based on a Committee draft report.
Speaking at a European Parliament Employment Committee workshop on the impact of the crisis on skills shortages, in Brussels on 23 March, Cedefop expert Konstantinos Pouliakas stressed that they have declined since the economic crisis and have remained below their pre-crisis levels. He warned, however, that, unless there is multiple action on several policy fronts, mainly on strengthening the link between education and employment, skills mismatches and shortages will increase as we exit the crisis.
Check out our new video on Italy's vocational education and training (VET) system. It is based on Cedefop's publication series, Spotlight on VET, which is developed in cooperation with the ReferNet network.
Tripartita Para la Formación en el Empleo) funds training for employees and organisations in Spain. In 2013, its in-company demand-led training supported training in companies with more than EUR 600 million.
Cedefop Director James Calleja and expert Ramona David presented the preliminary results of the thematic country review of apprenticeship in Malta on 2 March. The Cedefop delegation was invited by the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development (MCESD), an advisory body to the Maltese government on economic and social matters, to present the results to Council members, representatives of social partners and civil society.
The Directorate of Education and Training with social partners will soon start reviewing the national structure of upper secondary VET programmes.
Necessity of college degrees is beginning to be questioned. With youth unemployment in Europe at 24% in 2013 and thousands of graduates leaving university every year without jobs to go into, there seems to be a missing link somewhere between education and employment.
Since the Hannover trade fair for industrial technology in spring 2014, Industry 4.0 has become Germany’s synonym for a new industrial revolution based on digitalisation, automation, networking and flexible production processes.
For the third year in a row, 2014 saw a strong increase in training allowances based on collective wage agreements.
Just seven plasterers, eight painter decorators and fewer than 30 new bricklayers will enter the jobs market as newly-qualified professionals in 2018, sparking fears of a crisis in the construction trade.
Dietary restrictions, flexible training schedules, visible symbols… religious beliefs give rise to demands in the workplace, too. Just like in other big cities across Belgium, cultural and religious diversity is part of daily life in Brussels, but is also a challenge for the future. Brussels boasts a multilingual, multireligious population. Almost 10% of its inhabitants are immigrants who came to Belgium less than three years ago. Belgium is therefore a land of self-conscious minorities where each federated entity is a minority that sees itself as being dominated by others. Over the past few years, more and more employers have been faced with workers demanding that their religious beliefs be taken into account.
More and more companies recognise benefits of an international workforce and provide training for young apprentices from southern Europe. In this way, businesses offer young people from countries with high youth unemployment sustainable employment opportunities.
In former years, most of the working population was trained within the dual vocational education and training (VET) system. Now, half of all school-leavers pursue academic education focusing on theory. Industry in the federal state of Hesse therefore demands adaptation of the education system to current requirements since it has remained the same for decades.
The professional and vocational qualifications assessment law (BQFG) permits informally or non-formally acquired competences to be taken into account when checking equivalence of foreign and German qualifications. As long as the prerequisites for a vocational qualification obtained abroad are met, assessment of equivalence is based on documentary examination regardless of the route via which competences were gained. Under certain conditions, vocational competences may be assessed on an individual basis.
European social partners discussed with the European Union (EU) institutions concrete ways to strengthen the social dialogue in line with the renewed EU economic and social priorities at a landmark high-level conference organised by the European Commission in Brussels on 5 March. Cedefop Director James Calleja took part in the conference at which the agency also had an information stand.
The scholarship programme Stiftung für Begabtenförderung (foundation supporting the gifted and talented) for young vocational graduates was established over 20 years ago. Since then, around 96 000 young professionals in Germany have profited from support towards their professional qualifications.
In 2013, France received a country-specific recommendation on the need to conduct a broad set of reforms to improve functioning of its labour market and to develop lifelong learning further. France has made some progress in addressing this recommendation and adopted in March 2014 a law on vocational education and lifelong learning.
Apprenticeship training has been praised recently for its effectiveness in easing school-to-work transition of non-college-bound students. In most countries with low youth unemployment there is some type of effective apprenticeship scheme in place. However, measuring effects of apprenticeship training relative to school-based VET on labour market outcomes has been a challenge.
A Cedefop delegation headed by Director James Calleja took part in a knowledge-sharing seminar with the European Training Foundation (ETF), Cedefop's sister agency, in Turin on 13 February. Apprenticeships, validation and the next stage for European tools were on the agenda.
European Union Member States and social partners have benefited from Cedefop’s work throughout its 40-year history, Director James Calleja told guests at an event (at Cedefop premises on 10 February) marking 40 years from the Founding Regulation which established the agency.
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