Human capital and skills development and recognition are among the priorities of the Slovak EU Presidency in the second half of 2016.
At a UNESCO/UNEVOC conference on the occasion of World Youth Skills Day, on 15 July, in Bonn, Cedefop Director James Calleja said that one of the key reasons vocational education and training (VET) is not attractive enough to young and older learners and workers is education and employment authorities’ fear to reform it and raise its profile.
Unesco Bangkok organised a regional meeting in Manila, in the Philippines on 11 and 12 July to discuss quality assurance arrangements that underpin the qualification process used in technical vocational education and training (TVET).
The results of a student survey on the attractiveness of vocational education and training (VET), conducted by the University of Maastricht in cooperation with the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), show that around a third of students have doubts about whether they will complete the course of higher education study they are currently undertaking. About 30% believe that training in the dual system is an attractive alternative.
At a high level meeting on the future of vocational education and training (VET) in Turin on 23 June, Undersecretary of Labour Luigi Bobba said that Italy has embarked on a process to bring the world of education closer to that of employment by promoting work-based learning and closer cooperation between school systems and labour market needs and economic growth.
Skills for confident and conscious use of information technology are becoming increasingly important in a changing society. In IVET, digital competence may be crucial for learners to adapt in a competitive economy. To promote digital competence, the Swedish government is proposing a strategic nationwide programme that takes IVET-specific needs into account.
The Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism has launched a shared working spaces plan for entrepreneurs and a youth employment plan, in cooperation with the School of Industrial Organization (Escuela de Organización Industrial - EOI). These plans have a combined budget of EUR 83 million and a target of more than 8 500 young adults and entrepreneurs.
Cooperation between employment and education authorities and Cedefop to equip Greek people with the skills needed to find and stay in employment was the topic of a seminar on 28 June in Thessaloniki.
The SKILLSNET e-bulletin June 2016 Issue has just been send to skillsnet members and published here in a pdf format.
The second Cedefop Policy Learning Forum (PLF) on defining and writing of learning outcomes for VET qualifications will take place in Thessaloniki on13-14 October 2016.
At a seminar jointly organised by Cedefop and the Netherlands EU Presidency on 23 June in Brussels, experts and stakeholders from around Europe discussed policies for matching better skills in better jobs.
New occupational analytical highlights offer valuable insights on the trends for skills as well as analyses of the drivers of change for a total of 30 occupations.
At a high level conference held in Sofia on 16 and 17 June to discuss the result orientation of the cohesion policy, Cedefop Director James Calleja said that cohesion funds have a dual role: to promote the ‘think European, act local’ idea and ensure universal access to the acquisition of skills and qualifications.
An increasing number of university applicants in the UK have an expanding range of secondary level qualifications; many of these are vocational in nature.
On 10 March 2016, the Minister of Labour and Social Policies, Giuliano Poletti announced the launch of two important, innovative and interrelated projects. The Growing entrepreneurs education project, that will be financed through the SELFIEmployment fund, aims at improving access and use of financial resources and training opportunities offered by the Youth Guarantee measures.
Enabling young people to obtain a good, stable job quickly is a real challenge for society since the young are one of the groups most affected by unemployment. It is with this in mind that the TEVA study (Transition Ecole-Vie Active – transition from school to working life) was carried out by the Luxembourgish Training Observatory.
The third forum for dual-track education was organised in spring 2016 within the Dual education for the modern requirements and needs of society project (Domino).
It is not easy to find one’s way around in a foreign country. Refugees and asylum seekers in Germany have different ways of gaining initial practical experience in the labour market. Many initiatives, chambers and associations, as well as businesses, provide local career guidance. The website of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) offers basic information on foreigners’ rights and opportunities, helping them to navigate the German labour market.
The Greek referencing report was approved by the European Qualifications Framework Advisory Group (EQF AG) in December 2015, ending the first phase of the Hellenic qualifications framework (HQF) development. The report was prepared by Eoppep (National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance), the body responsible for the creation and development of the HQF, under the supervision and coordination of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. This followed a period of consultation with national stakeholders where consensus was achieved.