Vocational education and training (VET) contributes to new ideas and solutions in enterprises and economies and to inclusive societies.
EU and central Asian education ministers agreed on cooperation in higher and vocational education on their first meeting held in Riga in June 2015, under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU).
Participation in Cedefop’s reference network, ReferNet, offers many opportunities to exchange information and learn about the wide variety of VET systems in Europe and their different ways to address common challenges.
Adoption of the law on vocational education and training (VET) in March 2015 enabled the first generation of students to enter ‘dual VET’ in the school year 2015/16.
Curricula and didactic materials have significant impact on the quality of teaching and learning. Their modernisation is an important challenge for the coming years.
The latest Cedefop briefing note focuses on national qualifications frameworks (NQFs) in Europe and the developments in the 39 countries cooperating on the European qualifications framework (EQF).
By 2025, 30% of a youth cohort should take up VET directly after compulsory schooling.
Developing and promoting apprenticeship training is an important objective set out in the Estonian lifelong learning strategy for 2020.
ReferNet Iceland held its annual conference on 25 November 2015.
More than half of all school graduates, about 522 000 young people, started an apprenticeship (‘dual system’) in 2014, 1.3% less than in 2013.
Cedefop has set up a trainee alumni network to give its trainees (past and present) a platform to connect with one another and with the organisation.
From an interview with world-renowned Harvard University Professor Richard Freeman on robots and the future of work to young people talking about vocational education and training's (VET's) role in combatting early leaving, you can watch a host of recently published Cedefop videos on VET-related issues.
The European Commission's 2015 Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) review, which was presented at a conference in Brussels on 21 January, reveals further positive developments in the EU. Differences between Member States still exist, however, many of them linked to an underutilisation of human capital.
Work-based learning and apprenticeships were discussed at a working dinner organised by Cedefop and hosted by Amjad Bashir MEP at the European Parliament in Brussels on 25 January. Twenty four people took part in the discussion, including eight MEPs from various parties.
ReferNet, Cedefop's European network of vocational education and training (VET) expertise, held its annual plenary meeting on 19 and 20 January. The 30 ReferNet partners from all EU Member States, Iceland and Norway started a new cooperation period through a four-year framework partnership agreement (2016-2019) concluded with Cedefop.
The January 2016 issue of Skillset and match, Cedefop’s magazine promoting learning for work, is now available to read and download.
The Netherlands holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 January to 30 June 2016 and has presented, together with the Slovak and Maltese Presidencies that will follow, the Council's work programme for the period to June 2017.
Young people who left their studies early, before completing an upper secondary qualification, tell Cedefop their stories.
The Cedefop seminar on 10 and 11 December discussed the needs and priorities of learning providers in relation to flexibility and the role quality is playing in it.