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27/08/2015
ReferNet Malta

Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) has launched a new logo and corporate identity to reflect developments in its organisational structure.

27/08/2015
ReferNet Germany

The federal government portal Recognition in Germany is now available in eight languages. The existing versions in English and German have been joined by information pages in Greek, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Spanish and Turkish.

27/08/2015
ReferNet Netherlands

Good vocational education and training (VET) is the basis of a learning economy and plays a crucial role in strengthening society’s innovative capacity, according to the Netherlands scientific council for government policy (Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid, WRR).

27/08/2015
ReferNet Ireland

A new generation of apprentices in Ireland will include workers in the blue-chip financial services sector alongside traditional blue-collar trades. Many new opportunities will start opening up later this year in areas well beyond the construction, aircraft maintenance, printing and motor industries normally associated with the apprenticeship system.

27/08/2015
ReferNet Portugal

The Reativar (reactivate) measure, established by decree no 86/2015, aims to promote reintegration of long-term (more than 12 months) and very long-term unemployed, over 30 years of age through work placements lasting 6 months.

27/08/2015
ReferNet Ireland

Ireland currently has 27 apprenticeships. All of these are in traditional areas, largely construction-based, but including printing, aircraft maintenance and mechanics.

27/08/2015
ReferNet Lithuania

The national project Formation of qualifications and development of modular vocational education and training (VET) (Kvalifikacijų formavimas ir modulinio profesinio mokymo sistemos kūrimas), launched in 2010, has now entered its final phase.

06/08/2015
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Adult learning promotes competitiveness, employability and social inclusion. It is a vital component of the European Union's (EU’s) lifelong learning policy. But many challenges remain to make it an attractive, inclusive, accessible and flexible learning option.

05/08/2015
ReferNet Austria

The Austrian academy of continuing education (Weiterbildungsakademie, WBA) validates and recognises formally, non-formally and informally acquired competences of adult educators and awards two-stage degrees against set standards: a WBA certificate and, for certificate holders, a WBA diploma. WBA aims to professionalise adult education in Austria without offering continuing education and training itself. It acknowledges prior learning results and offers guidance on the acquisition of missing skills. In May 2015 WBA registered its 2000th application since its foundation in 2007.

05/08/2015
ReferNet Poland

The 2014/15 school year has just ended and, with it, the Polish Year of vocational schools. The idea for this initiative, decreed by the Minister for National Education, came from a wish to restore the importance and prestige of VET.

05/08/2015
ReferNet Austria

The Adult education initiative (Initiative Erwachsenenbildung) is a binding agreement reached between provincial governments and the federal government in 2012. It enables young people who have completed compulsory education to acquire basic competences and adults to complete compulsory schooling. Both programmes are free of charge and guarantee high standards.

05/08/2015
ReferNet Romania

Job orientation: training in businesses and schools (JOBS) combines two elements: labour market and schooling in the last years of lower secondary education, and the first years of technical high school or vocational education. Students are prepared for choosing their further educational career, receive general information about professional opportunities, and get the chance to acquire life skills, which are useful in any future career.

05/08/2015
ReferNet Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has one of the highest shares of industry in the EU, so technical and science education is of crucial importance. However, the Czech Republic has been experiencing a long-term trend of deviation from science and technical studies towards general fields of study, especially among highly gifted students. As a consequence, industrial enterprises are facing reduced availability of skilled workforce.

05/08/2015
ReferNet Sweden

Trainers have a key role in delivering high quality work-based learning. The Swedish national agency for education (Skolverket) has launched a web-based training of trainers programme at work-places engaged in initial vocational education and training (VET).

05/08/2015
ReferNet Finland

The Finnish national board of education has reformed all its 52 vocational qualifications. The fundamental goal is to strengthen the learning-outcome approach of vocational qualification requirements and the modular structure of qualifications, which supports flexible and individual learning paths and promotes validation of prior learning.

05/08/2015
ReferNet Sweden

In 2011, Swedish upper secondary education was reformed. The current system consists of twelve vocational education and training (VET) programmes and six higher education preparatory programmes. These cover 2500 study points and are divided into several orientations.

05/08/2015
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Cedefop is organising a conference addressed to a wide range of stakeholders with a role in supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in increasing their apprenticeship offer (9-10 November, Thessaloniki).

05/08/2015
ReferNet Hungary

Hungarian vocational education and training (VET) faces a significant transformation in the coming years, following recent amendment to the VET Act of 2011 (Act LXVI of 2015).

29/07/2015
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9-10 November, 2015 (Monday afternoon -Tuesday)
at Cedefop premises, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Please pre-register for this event.

24/07/2015
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Cedefop’s thematic country review (TCR) on apprenticeships for Italy was launched at an event hosted by the Ministry of Employment in Rome on 6 July. Slovenia kicked off the latest round of reviews in June and a project for Greece will follow in September.

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