The SKILLSNET e-bulletin October 2017 Issue has just been send to skillsnet members and published here in a pdf format.
Great ideas funded under the Erasmus+ and its predecessor programmes in the field of education, training, youth and sport can now be found in the Erasmus+ project results platform.
Red.es has launched a call for proposals to develop training programmes oriented to the digital industry and aimed at young people enrolled in the National youth guarantee system. The aim of the call is to develop high level digital skills for ICT professionals in all industry sectors, supporting access into jobs that boost the digital transformation of companies.
A common framework of digital competence for teachers has been published by the Ministry of Education, available from January 2017. Developing digital competence in education requires integration of ICT in the classroom and teachers properly skilled in that competence.
On Monday 16 October 2017 the General Secretariat for Lifelong Learning & Youth of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, organised a conference on “The European agenda for Adult education and training”. Cedefop expert, Anastasia Pouliou participated and presented Cedefop’s role in European policies, lifelong learning and the New Skills agenda.
The 2017 WorldSkills competition took place in Abu Dhabi (15 to 19 October) with 59 national teams competing in 51 skills areas, spanning from cooking to mechatronics and bricklaying.
In recent years, the number of foreign-language students in vocational education whose mother tongue is other than Finnish, Swedish or Sámi has increased considerably. Even as enrolment in general upper secondary education has grown, foreign-language students have been choosing vocational education more often.
All applicants for secondary education (ISCED 3) in Finland use a joint application system. In the spring of 2017, 54% of candidates applied to vocational education and training (VET) programmes and 46% to general programmes in upper secondary education. In recent years, VET applications have slightly decreased (56% in 2016). Approximately 39 700 applicants applied for VET, 3 360 applicants fewer than the previous year. The available number of starting places in vocational education and training is 43 900, of which 1 900 is in Swedish-language training.
A system of assessment, recognition and validation of informal and non-formal learning has been developed in Malta. It aims to address common concerns among VET providers and employers on quantitative or qualitative mismatch between education/training provision and demand in a rapidly evolving labour market. Validation of informal and non-formal learning is a recent issue on Malta’s education policy agenda and will help face the challenge of devising training and education programmes which not only equip their learners with the appropriate technical skills but also provide core skills to enable them to take on future challenges.
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.