An ambitious plan from further education and training agency SOLAS aims to change negative views of apprenticeships by making them first choice - career plan ‘A’ - for people from all backgrounds and abilities.
The National youth strategy (NYS) of Cyprus 2017-22 was prepared by the Youth Board of Cyprus and adopted by the Council of Ministers on 18 May 2017. The Youth Board of Cyprus is responsible for youth issues in the country, with the full involvement of national stakeholders.
The post-secondary institutes of vocational education and training (PSIVET) were accredited in April 2017 by the Quality Assurance and Certification Agency for Higher Education as public schools of higher vocational education and training. This accreditation of PSIVET programmes at higher education level is considered an important development, contributing greatly to the aim of further strengthening vocational education and training in Cyprus.
Stakeholders discussed at a conference organised by the European Commission in Brussels (9 and 10 October) how the European classification of Skills, Competences, Occupations and Qualifications (ESCO) can contribute to reducing labour market imbalances and increasing occupational and geographical mobility in the EU.
Cedefop has published the report of its first European opinion survey on vocational education and training (VET). The survey provides an unprecedented perspective on citizens’ opinions on awareness, attractiveness, experience and effectiveness of VET in the European Union (EU).
Between February 2005 and July 2017, 100 million Europass CVs were created online and 60 million CV templates downloaded, according to figures just released.
At the meeting of Directors General for Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the framework of the Estonian EU Presidency, in Tallinn on 9 and 10 October, Cedefop Director James Calleja argued that the future of VET is bright despite a range of factors which could potentially destabilise the sector.
A Cedefop delegation, headed by Director James Calleja, presented the results of the thematic country review (TCR) on apprenticeships in Slovenia at an international conference, in Ljubliana on 28 September.
Cedefop’s work and the future of vocational education and training (VET) were presented at a conference organised by the Research Institute of the General Confederation of Greek Workers (KANEP/GSEE) in Athens on 26 September.
The international conference on lifelong guidance policy and practice, jointly organised by the Estonian EU Presidency, Foundation Innove and Cedefop as part of the first European guidance week (#EGW2017), brought over 200 experts in career services from 35 countries to Tallinn on 27 and 28 September.
Prototype improvement, ideas for cooperation and suggestions for future actions were the main points of the European big data hackathon (#euBDhack) follow up, jointly organised by Cedefop and Eurostat, in Thessaloniki on 18 and 19 September.
Teams of vocational education and training (VET) learners from Lithuania and Ireland are the winners of this year’s #CedefopPhotoAward competition.
The Youth guarantee initiative aims to support youth employment, ensuring that young people receive an offer of employment, education or training after they finish their studies or become unemployed. One of the first priorities of the new government in Spain on taking office in 2016 was to promote access to, and raise participation in, the national scheme.
The September 2017 issue of Skillset and match, Cedefop’s magazine promoting learning for work, is now available to read and download.
The 500 000 formations supplémentaires plan, initiated in January 2016, was designed to provide training to one million job-seekers over the year, doubling the number of unemployed people accessing training. This target having been reached, the initiative is now being extended to mid-2017
Thessaloniki Deputy Mayor for Urban Resilience and Development Planning Lina Liakou visited Cedefop on 13 September and presented the Municipality’s ongoing work on the city’s 2030 resilience strategy to Cedefop Director James Calleja and senior staff.
Stakeholders and national experts directly involved in Cedefop’s thematic country reviews (TCRs) on apprenticeships took part in the first policy learning forum on apprenticeships on 7 and 8 September in Thessaloniki.
Following the resounding success of the first European vocational skills week in 2016, a second instalment will take place in Brussels and across Europe in 2017 (20 to 24 November). The week, organised by the European Commission, with Cedefop as one of the partners, aims to showcase vocational education and training’s excellence.
The SKILLSNET e-bulletin September 2017 Issue has just been send to skillsnet members and published here in a pdf format.
Stakeholders and national experts directly involved in Cedefop’s thematic country reviews (TCRs) on apprenticeships will take part in the first policy learning forum on apprenticeships on 7 and 8 September in Thessaloniki.