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28/11/2017
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The Ministry of national Education, Children and Youth has launched a new application for VET pupils. eduBoard is a dashboard, allowing VET pupils to keep track online of their training path and individual school progression.

28/11/2017
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The Federal Government and Federal States have joined forces to instigate a National decade for literacy and basic skills 2016-26, intending to raise basic education levels and to improve adult reading and writing skills. During this decade, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will provide approximately € 180 million of funding for projects.

28/11/2017
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Sense of initiative and entrepreneurship are among the eight key competences for lifelong learning which are listed in an EU recommendation from 2006. In Austria, self-employment is an attractive option for many, though it does not have the status that might be expected. To increase self-employment in Austria, the Ministry of Economy and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, with support from the Ministry of Education, launched the nationwide project Female entrepreneurs visit schools in September 2017. The project aims to show young people how exciting and interesting self-employment can be.

28/11/2017
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Dual vocational education and training (VET) plays a major role in Austria. To maintain the attractiveness of this education pathway both for companies and for young people, training contents need to keep pace with the requirements of the economy. This demands that the training ordinances and curricula of part-time vocational schools are revised regularly. The 2017 apprenticeship occupation package (Lehrberufspaket), comprises eight modernised apprenticeships, focusing also on setting up a new framework for digitisation.

28/11/2017
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Global challenges such as climate change, sustainable energy supply, food security and migration do not stop at national borders. No country can answer these challenges by itself. Solutions can only emerge through transborder cooperation in education, science and research.

28/11/2017
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The Luxembourg Tech School (LTS) is a new extracurricular school concept to support the development of future digital leaders. It is aimed at students aged 15 to 20 years who are passionate about the digital realm and eager to learn and apply technology in a real business context. The pilot phase started in September 2016 with about 30 students from general secondary education. LTS is supported by Ministry of National Education, Children and Youth and Digital Luxembourg.

27/11/2017
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In response to being asked by the government to develop a national strategy for digital skills in education, the Swedish National Agency of Education has decided that all upper secondary learners should be able to learn general and applied programming.

27/11/2017
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According to a report published in 2017 by Statistics Sweden (SCB), every tenth person who has completed initial vocational education and training (VET) and is aged between 18 and 34 years had been abroad for at least two weeks within the framework of his/her upper secondary education. This proportion is much higher than the benchmark of 6% set by the European Union. The report also gives statistics on international mobility for learning purposes and the scope of mobility among Swedish learners.

27/11/2017
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Introducing modular vocational education and training (VET) programmes helps VET become more flexible, responsive to labour market needs and attractive.

27/11/2017
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Employer participation in training is a government priority. VET schools and companies need better cooperation to allow learners to acquire skills and knowledge needed in the labour market. The government also believes employers are its key partners in designing VET policies.

27/11/2017
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Each economic sector demands a specific set of learning outcomes. Sectoral qualifications frameworks (SQF) are the detailed sector-focused components of the Polish qualifications framework (PQF).

27/11/2017
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In place since mid-May 2017, the new government intends to proceed with large-scale reform of the vocational training system. In line with the commitments made by the new President, the aim is to bring training into the future, to develop a knowledge society that is in step with citizens’ expectations, and address the challenges inherent in digital and ecological transitions.

24/11/2017
CollegesWales is considering plans to launch a brand new professional designation master craftsperson in Wales
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CollegesWales, the Wales’ national contact point for the European qualifications framework, completed in 2016 their research on the European master craftsperson qualifications. Part of this research was to evaluate, whether there is a desire for creating a master craftsperson qualification route in Wales. The research considers the viability and potential uptake of such programmes in Wales and the introduction of master craftsperson frameworks at EQF levels 4 and 5.

22/11/2017
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Cedefop's Skills Panorama team received a best practice certificate within the European public sector award (EPSA) at a ceremony in Maastricht’s Town Hall on 20 November.

20/11/2017
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The European Welding Federation celebrated its 25th anniversary by organising a series of events in Lisbon from 13 to 17 November, which focused on the future of European industry and the qualifications needed.

16/11/2017
How can VET, skills and qualifications play a role in the EU refugee crisis?

The SKILLSNET e-bulletin November 2017 Issue has just been send to Skillsnet members and published here in a pdf format.

15/11/2017
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Cedefop has just published a European handbook on defining, writing and applying learning outcomes, addressed to individuals and institutions actively involved in the process.

13/11/2017
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National qualifications frameworks (NQFs) make a difference to people's lives but more research is needed to measure their impact, according to some of the conclusions of the peer learning conference organised by Cedefop, the European Commission and Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) in Thessaloniki on 9 and 10 November.

06/11/2017
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An exhibition of the winning and runner-up photo stories of this year’s #CedefopPhotoAward competition opened at the Thessaloniki Cinema Museum on 3 November.

31/10/2017
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The 26th annual international conference of the European Forum for Vocational Education and Training (EfVET), which was held in Thessaloniki from 25 to 28 October, focused on ‘aligning work and education to the future’.

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