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17/04/2015
ReferNet Germany

Germany ranks eighth in a list of most popular countries to study in, after USA and United Kingdom. Over 300 000 foreign students were enrolled in German universities in 2013/14 winter semester corresponding to 11.5% of total students.

17/04/2015
ReferNet Iceland

Fishery was for decades Iceland’s main source of income. Although other sectors have grown and tourism has taken over the main contributor role to the economy, fishery products still account for around 40% of the country’s exports.

17/04/2015
ReferNet Estonia

Lifelong learning is a prerequisite to cope in today’s rapidly changing world. Therefore it is crucial to provide all people in Estonia with learning opportunities tailored to their needs and capabilities throughout their lifespans.

17/04/2015
ReferNet Malta

The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) has taken over responsibility for apprenticeship and is aiming to bring it to the centre of local industry. The reform is rooted in cooperation between MCAST and local industry which provides apprentices with high-quality skills indispensable for local industry and economic growth.

17/04/2015
ReferNet France

Is a certificate a sufficient guarantee against unemployment? How do social background and gender affect job opportunities for youngsters? Céreq, the French centre for studies and research on qualifications conducted a survey which aims to shed light on young school-leavers’ first steps into working life in 2010 and interviewed in 2013.

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.

17/04/2015
ReferNet Ireland

Eircom, a main provider of telecommunications services in Ireland is to create 375 jobs over the next five years as part of the biggest large-scale recruitment programme the company has had in almost 30 years.

09/04/2015

Did you know that adult participation in lifelong learning is almost three times the European Union (EU) average in Denmark? Or that 68% of enterprises in Estonia provide training (compared to 66% in the EU), and the percentage of early leavers from education and training in France is lower than the EU average?

31/03/2015

A Cedefop expert workshop on 26 and 27 March addressed the different mechanisms that ensure the quality of certification process in initial vocational education and training (IVET) so that a qualification can be credible and trusted by all.

27/03/2015

At a meeting of the European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL), in Brussels on 24 March, Cedefop was invited to exchange views on the Commission’s green employment initiative based on a Committee draft report.

24/03/2015

Speaking at a European Parliament Employment Committee workshop on the impact of the crisis on skills shortages, in Brussels on 23 March, Cedefop expert Konstantinos Pouliakas stressed that they have declined since the economic crisis and have remained below their pre-crisis levels. He warned, however, that, unless there is multiple action on several policy fronts, mainly on strengthening the link between education and employment, skills mismatches and shortages will increase as we exit the crisis.

19/03/2015

Check out our new video on Italy's vocational education and training (VET) system. It is based on Cedefop's publication series, Spotlight on VET, which is developed in cooperation with the ReferNet network.

16/03/2015
ReferNet Spain

Tripartita Para la Formación en el Empleo) funds training for employees and organisations in Spain. In 2013, its in-company demand-led training supported training in companies with more than EUR 600 million.

09/03/2015
ReferNet Norway

The Directorate of Education and Training with social partners will soon start reviewing the national structure of upper secondary VET programmes.

09/03/2015
ReferNet Germany

Necessity of college degrees is beginning to be questioned. With youth unemployment in Europe at 24% in 2013 and thousands of graduates leaving university every year without jobs to go into, there seems to be a missing link somewhere between education and employment.

09/03/2015
ReferNet Germany

Since the Hannover trade fair for industrial technology in spring 2014, Industry 4.0 has become Germany’s synonym for a new industrial revolution based on digitalisation, automation, networking and flexible production processes.

09/03/2015
ReferNet Germany

For the third year in a row, 2014 saw a strong increase in training allowances based on collective wage agreements.

09/03/2015
ReferNet Ireland

Just seven plasterers, eight painter decorators and fewer than 30 new bricklayers will enter the jobs market as newly-qualified professionals in 2018, sparking fears of a crisis in the construction trade.

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