In March 2017, the Irish Government launched a public consultation on a proposed exchequer-employer investment mechanism for education and training interventions in post-secondary education in Ireland. The consultation will examine the feasibility of an increase in the National Training Fund levy from 0.7% to1% by 2020, delivering up to €200 million in additional funding for education and training in the workplace from employers.
Ireland intends to increase the number of learners who undertake work-based learning through the traineeship model.
Following on from the goals and objectives set out in Ireland’s National Skills Strategy (2016) and the Action Plan for Education (2016), the Government announced a call for new apprenticeship proposals on May 8th 2017.
Cedefop will present its new European skills forecast up to 2030 at a high-level event on 8 June in Brussels.
Government goals include lowering unemployment rates, counteracting a shortage of qualified labour and integrating newly arrived immigrants. Although the ambition is that all young people in Sweden should complete upper secondary education and obtain a full qualification, the government has also options for partial qualifications in adult IVET.
Futurália, the largest education, training and employability exhibition in the country, was held in Lisbon from 14 to 17 March 2018.
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.