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18/05/2017
ReferNet Norway
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From 1 January 2017 apprentices must be included in all public building and construction projects and services.

18/05/2017
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The white paper Skilled workers for the future (Fagfolk for fremtiden) presented by the Norwegian Government in December 2016 contains close to 50 measures. Its purpose is to make post-secondary vocational education more attractive as a fully equivalent profession-oriented alternative to university and university college education. It will make it easier for students at post-secondary vocational colleges (ISCED level 4) to continue their education at a university college or university.

18/05/2017
A collection of 28 new analytical highlights focusing on skills anticipation in all EU-28 Member States

A collection of 28 new analytical highlights focusing on skills anticipation in all EU-28 Member States, is now available on the Skills Panorama. The overviews mainly regard the existence of skills anticipation methods; the governance structure (which authority/ies are responsible); the level of stakeholders’ involvement; the dissemination of labour market intelligence and the level of the use of this intelligence in policy making and in decision making by target groups (see Figure for the example of the Dutch approach).

18/05/2017
ReferNet Belgium

In 2015, the Flemish government made a decision to develop new procedures for finding an apprenticeship place, with the purpose of elaborating a high-quality, fully-fledged alternative to existing 'classic' education systems. This reform had an impact on all stakeholders and related fields; significant developments are already visible.

18/05/2017
First comprehensive compendium of guides on skills anticipation methods

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

15/05/2017

The May 2017 issue of Skillset and match, Cedefop’s magazine promoting learning for work, is now available to read and download.

11/05/2017
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A community of practitioners to promote quality in vocational education and training (VET) delivery has been set up by Cedefop in close cooperation with the European associations of VET providers active in the cooperative network Vet4EU2.

11/05/2017

Cedefop’s policy learning forum, on 16 and 17 May in Thessaloniki, will focus on the contribution that vocational education and training (VET) can make to reducing early leaving from education and training (ELET).

10/05/2017

Cedefop Head of Department for VET Systems and Institutions Loukas Zahilas participated in an international workshop on ‘research centres, projects and synergies’ in Rethymno, Greece on 8 May.

24/04/2017
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Following the success of Cedefop’s photo competition last year, #CedefopPhotoAward is back in 2017. Groups of vocational education and training (VET) learners in the European Union can share their VET stories for a chance to win a trip to Brussels or Thessaloniki.

20/04/2017
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In two separate meetings, on 20 March in Athens and on 27 March in Sofia, Cedefop officially launched its EU country support programme to strengthen the governance of skills anticipation and matching.

12/04/2017
First comprehensive compendium of guides on skills anticipation methods

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

12/04/2017
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A synthesis report, which has just been published, completes the 2016 update of the European inventory on validation of non-formal and informal learning. The synthesis is accompanied by 36 country and four thematic reports.

12/04/2017
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The European Commission has launched a public consultation in the context of the evaluation of the four EU agencies under the remit of DG Employment.

06/04/2017
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Cedefop Director James Calleja welcomed Greek Deputy Minister for Education Dimitris Baxevanakis to the agency on 6 April.

05/04/2017
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Few places are still available for Cedefop’s forthcoming policy learning forum on vocational training for the long-term unemployed: learning from inspiring practices in Thessaloniki on 15-16 June.

03/04/2017
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Seven members of the Swedish Retail and Wholesale Council’s secretariat and Skills and Occupations Committee visited Cedefop on 30 March. Discussions focused on European vocational education and training (VET) policy and Cedefop’s work on skills and qualifications.

30/03/2017
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Have you wondered how many students participate in initial vocational education and training (IVET) in European countries? Or how many enterprises provide training to workers? Cedefop has selected a set of 36 indicators to quantify some key aspects of vocational education and training (VET) and lifelong learning.

28/03/2017
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In a context of dynamic and complex labour markets, intelligence on current and future skill needs can support better matching of skills and jobs, which is important for every country. Cedefop, the European Training Foundation and the International Labour Office have combined expertise to develop a compendium of methodological guides on anticipation and matching of skill supply and demand.

24/03/2017
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The weekend marked the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which laid the foundations for today’s European Union (EU). On 25 March 1957 six European countries (Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands) pledged to align their economic policies for the establishment of a common market, which would reduce socioeconomic differences across Europe.

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