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22/05/2015
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On 25 and 26 May, members of the country reviews steering groups from Malta, Lithuania, Greece, Italy and Slovenia met in Thessaloniki for a policy-learning exercise. They discussed apprenticeship schemes in their countries, bringing in different experiences and perspectives, and learned more on how the reviews work.

19/05/2015
ReferNet Germany

The German employment agency plans to introduce an instrument of ‘assisted vocational training’ in its initiative Betriebliche Ausbildung hat Vorfahrt (in-company training comes first).

19/05/2015
ReferNet Latvia

In April 2015, the Latvian Parliament (Saeima) adopted amendments to the Vocational Education Law, to increase compliancy of vocational education and training (VET) with labour market needs at sectoral, institutional and programme levels.

19/05/2015
ReferNet Slovakia

In Slovakia, initial vocational education and training (IVET) faces difficulties in offering practical training corresponding to state-of-the-art developments in technology and working conditions.

19/05/2015
ReferNet Belgium

The big five public players on the labour market, VDAB, Le Forem, Actiris, Bruxelles Formation and ADG*, will use a common competence language from now on automatically to match vacancies with job-seekers, using the same descriptions for skills and knowledge associated with vacancies and candidates. The project will promote labour mobility across the regions that make up Belgium.

19/05/2015
ReferNet Germany

Well-trained employees are a competitive advantage for businesses. Advanced training helps to keep vocational qualification levels up-to-date, safeguards jobs and improves career prospects.

15/05/2015
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Twenty eight country analytical highlights have been published on the EU Skills Panorama website. These short papers, ideal for policy-makers and professionals, aim to provide a concise analysis on the current and future skills prospects in a specific country and by doing so to improve accessibility to the Panorama’s data and intelligence on skill needs and the labour market in EU countries.

14/05/2015

A newly-published European Parliament study of labour market shortages in the European Union cites extensively Cedefop's work on skill mismatch and forecasts.

13/05/2015
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The economic crisis has hit young people particularly hard and more young people face increasing difficulties in setting their foothold into the labour market. Against this context, there is a broad consensus today among policy-makers, social partners and experts that apprenticeship-type programmes can be an efficient solution to some of the present labour market imbalances and benefit both learners and employers.

By combining study and work, apprenticeship and work-based learning (WBL) can offer them an opportunity to acquire work experience while enhancing skills in close alignment with employer requirements. Because of their inherent relevance for the labour market, apprenticeship and work-based learning can help to reduce skills mismatch and ease transition from education to work.

12/05/2015
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A special edition of Skillset and match magazine celebrating Cedefop’s 40th anniversary is now available to read and download. It features messages from leading European figures, including European Parliament President Martin Schulz, Cedefop’s stakeholders, its own people past and present, and articles on the agency’s work to improve vocational education and training in Europe.

07/05/2015
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Cedefop Director James Calleja and Head of Department for VET Systems and Institutions Loukas Zahilas had several meetings at the Unesco headquarters in Paris on 5 and 6 May regarding potential areas of cooperation.

30/04/2015
ReferNet Cyprus

Monitoring employment trends over time and providing long-term employment forecasts for economic sectors and occupations are established activities of the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA).

30/04/2015
ReferNet Germany

A new analysis conducted by the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) based on a survey covering 5 500 young people aged 18 to 24 shows that young people with migrant backgrounds are nearly as successful in dual vocational education and training (VET) as their counterparts not from migrant backgrounds.

29/04/2015

In April, Cedefop experts made presentations at information days organised by the vice-mayors of two municipalities in the Thessaloniki area.

27/04/2015
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Austrian Consul in Athens Christian Vlazny discussed opportunities of cooperation with Cedefop during a visit to the agency on 23 April. Mr Vlazny expressed his interest in Cedefop’s work to support Member States and focused on direct benefits of vocational education and training (VET) policies for the European citizen.

23/04/2015
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‘The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.’ With this quote by American writer Alvin Toffler, Dr Juris Binde, President of Latvijas Mobilais Telefons, ended his speech at the meeting of Directors General for vocational education and training (DGVT), hosted by the Latvian EU Presidency in Riga (20-21 April).

21/04/2015
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We are delighted to announce the winner of our video competition for the best vocational education and training (VET) experience in Europe!

17/04/2015
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Watch the TED talk of the coordinator of the European Lifelog Guidance Policy Network, Raimo Vuorinen, on how guidance helps people navigate professional life and fulfil their careers.

17/04/2015
ReferNet Croatia

In February 2015, an expert group for implementing comprehensive curricular reform for early and pre-school, primary and secondary education started their work. The reform will follow an education, science and technology strategy, soon to be adopted by the Croatian government.

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