The Federal Institute for VET (BIBB), Germany’s centre of excellence for vocational research and for the progressive development of VET, conducts many research projects. Information on these projects is accessible through their BIBB project database as well as in the Annual research programme of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training which is already available for 2018.
As from the next academic year (2018-19), Flemish secondary education students will have the opportunity to do a week-long taster exercise in a company, experiencing or observing work-based learning in a real setting. Initiated by the Flemish education minister, Hilde Crevits, and the labour minister, Philippe Muyters, this measure gives participating students a better idea of dual education programmes and is a step towards more efficient career orientation.
Dual apprenticeship training in Austria offers flexible training and ensures professional qualification for the young in about 200 apprenticeship occupations. It also safeguards skilled manpower for business, industry and trade.
After a review of vocational training programmes, over 300 that were outdated or not active have been removed from the national register. To improve the quality and relevance of vocational training, they will be replaced by modular programmes with a more flexible implementation structure.
The New beginning at EPAL initiative, designed to upgrade the role and image of VET in Greece, sets students’ and society’s needs at the epicentre of action. The scheme foresees a series of ESF-funded interventions to build up the key competences of learners through psychosocial and cognitive support.
Expanding the budget of the erasmus+ programme could provide further impetus to the number of VET mobility projects, says Spain´s education minister who is asking the European Union to multiply by a factor of 10 the budget allocated for the programme in 2021 to 2027.
ReferNet Spain participates in and supports awareness-raising actions organised in the Valencia region, promoting vocational education and training among students, teachers and companies.
Two members of the Polish Institute of Labour and Social Affairs visited Cedefop on 3 May for an exchange of ideas and knowledge on a national tool for forecasting skills needs and supply in the Polish labour market.
The Third sector reform guidelines have been put into effect, involving more than 300 000 associative, cooperative and voluntary organisations, as well as more than six million volunteers.
Gellért Szó, a Hungarian pastry-cook who spent his apprenticeship in France, was among the 2017 winners of the Erasmus+ campaign European faces. The campaign was part of the anniversary year events to celebrate the 30 years of Erasmus+ in the EU Member States. Gellért’s international experiences also contributed to his success, winning the ‘best cake’ competition in Hungary in two consecutive years. The example of young people like Gellért could be inspirational for students planning to apply for Erasmus+.
A majority of the parliamentary parties in Denmark agreed on reform of preparatory education at the end of compulsory education to support young people who are not yet ready to enrol in upper secondary education. The agreement implies a new preparatory basic education to equip them to a youth education or a job.
Czech citizens believe that the quality of schools in the Czech Republic is relatively good. In recent years, however, public opinion has been indicating a slight increase in scepticism in relation to all types of education. Vocational schools are usually rated worse than general/academically oriented schools, though over a long period, a strengthening optimistic opinion among the Czechs is that everybody has the opportunity to achieve qualifications corresponding to their abilities. Citizens believe that schools are performing well in developing student knowledge; however, they fail in cultivating moral values and discipline.
The Government adopted the Industry 4.0 initiative in 2016, with a document prepared by more than 70 experts and under the scope of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. The initiative provides key information about the fourth industrial revolution and possible directions in preparing the economy and society for future technology changes.
The SKILLSNET e-bulletin April 2018 Issue has just been send to Skillsnet members and published here in a pdf format.
Keep abreast of latest developments on ECVET, learn about creating ECVET units of learning outcomes, using the principles of ECVET and EQF, assessment of prior learning.
The spring semester of 2018 marks Bulgaria’s first Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Presidency priorities for vocational education and training (VET) include progress on the New skills agenda for Europe and on aspects of the European pillar of social rights, such as quality and inclusive education, training and lifelong learning.
Cedefop has launched an online survey as part of the project Changing nature and role of vocational education and training (VET) in Europe. The project aims to improve our understanding of how VET is changing in the European Union countries (including Norway and Iceland) and to support the European Commission in setting objectives for post-2020 European cooperation in VET.
Cedefop has updated its VET Statistical overviews, a valuable tool to help policy makers better understand and assess VET developments in each country. VET statistical overviews bring together a selection of key data on VET, adult learning and skills from different sources. The selection is based on the indicators' policy relevance and their importance in achieving the Europe 2020 objectives.
Groups of vocational education and training (VET) learners in the European Union, Norway and Iceland are invited to share their VET experience through a photo story for a chance to win a trip to the European vocational skills week in Vienna or the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in November 2018.