Spring is usually a busy time for visits – this year, Cedefop received visitors from various countries and institutions, including Athens College, universities from Greece, Finland and France, and two institutions dealing with the validation and recognition of qualifications: the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) and the Ankara Chamber of Commerce from Turkey.
Cedefop recently received two educational researchers from Andrés Bello University of Santiago, Chile. They are conducting a research project in view of implementing a system for the recognition of qualifications which could allow people enter tertiary education, and thus were interested in getting acquainted with European approaches to validation of formal and informal learning and policies which have proven successful.
The introduction of work-based learning was the main goal of the legal changes that came into force in September 2015, introducing dual vocational education and training (VET) in Poland.
The May 2016 issue of 'Skillset and match', Cedefop’s magazine promoting learning for work, is now available to read and download. In this issue, an exclusive interview with European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Marianne Thyssen during her first visit to Cedefop.
Lithuanian Minister for Education and Science Audronė Pitrėnienė acknowledged Cedefop's thematic country reviews on apprenticeships in a meeting with Cedefop Director James Calleja in Vilnius on 20 May.
European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Marianne Thyssen opened the #CedefopPhotoAward exhibition at the European Youth Event 2016 (EYE2016) in Strasbourg on 20 May. Ms Thyssen presented the 10 best photos of the competition’s first phase.
Within a tripartite negotiation process, the social partners have agreed on a new vocational programme for refugees in Denmark. It provides the opportunity for refugees to enter a job-training programme for up to 24 months, plus a financial incentive to companies which employ and train refugees. The programme will be operational by July 2016.
Financial Services Ireland (FSI), and the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) that represents the financial services sector, has announced the creation of 1 000 new apprenticeships as part of the international financial services apprenticeship initiative. In September 2016, 220 apprenticeships will be offered and FSI expects to deliver 1 000 placements by 2020.
Cooperation between vocational education and training (VET) schools and companies is essential to improving the quality of apprenticeships.
Join the second phase of the #CedefopPhotoAward photo competition for a chance to win a trip to Thessaloniki, Greece.
Linking VET schools with the world of work to meet labour market needs is a long-term challenge for education and training in Slovakia.
The public vocational education and training (VET) system in Cyprus is being reformed to increase its attractiveness and become capable of sufficiently addressing skills demand in changing labour market conditions.
Experts from across the European Union met at Cedefop on 16 May to discuss how labour market information (LMI) can support career guidance.
In 2014, the rate of early leaving from education and training in the European Union had dropped to 11%, getting closer to the Europe 2020 goal of less than 10%. This encouraging trend is partly owed to the numerous projects and initiatives across Europe which have supported young people at risk of dropping out of education over the past three decades.
In her first visit to Cedefop on 22 April, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Marianne Thyssen praised the agency’s work, which ‘impacts on people’s lives’.
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) launched a European quality framework for apprenticeships at a conference on 14 April. Cedefop Director James Calleja praised the initiative saying that the focus on quality emphasises the need for high standards, a professional approach and a relevant context in which learners experience a combination of real work and education and training.
In May 2016 Portugal will stage the national occupation championships in Coimbra.
Comprehensive curriculum reform is under way in Croatia, guided by the 2014 Strategy for education, science and technology. The first segment of the reform, creating 52 new curriculum documents, was completed at the end of February 2016.
The federal act (NQR-Gesetz) on the national qualifications framework (NQF) entered into force on 15 March 2016 and officially established the NQF in Austria. It also marked the end of an extended development process on defining the key points of the NQF, involving a wide range of stakeholder groups. The NQF law now provides a clear basis for allocating qualifications.