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Cedefop newsletter No 75 – Nov/Dec 2017 – Focus on European vocational skills week
The European vocational skills week is now an annual appointment on the calendar of stakeholders who consider vocational education and training (VET) a first choice. Cedefop, the EU agency for the development of vocational training, is always eager to support the European Commission in organising an event which aims at drawing the attention of key players to VET’s added value. Several Cedefop events were linked to the week again in 2017. The Thessaloniki-based agency also organised the #CedefopPhotoAward, an annual competition which is part of the European vocational skills week. I was personally touched to see the pictures submitted this year by VET learners. The commitment, creativity and care young people show towards positive messages is remarkable. The photographs depict a high level of talent, inventiveness and imagination. Investing in the education and training of young people makes the future of Europe bright. Their message through photography is stronger than any words adults could use in speeches. The Cedefop motto ‘think European, act local’ is being accomplished by our ongoing work as brokers between research and implementation of VET reform.
The second European vocational skills week (20-24 November 2017) has proved to be even more successful than the first one, comprising over 1 500 events in 45 countries (all 28 EU Member States and beyond), and reaching more than 1 million people.
National qualifications frameworks (NQFs) make a difference to people's lives but more research is needed to measure their impact, according to some of the conclusions of the peer learning conference organised by Cedefop, the European Commission and Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) in Thessaloniki on 9 and 10 November.
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.
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.
Policy developments and partner input were discussed at the 15th annual plenary meeting of ReferNet – Cedefop’s network of institutions providing information on national vocational education and training (VET) in the EU Member States, Iceland and Norway – on 29 and 30 November in Thessaloniki.
Cedefop participated, together with other European and Greek organisations, in the 2nd EU jobs and mobility roadshow, organised by four Europe Direct offices from 20 to 25 November in six northern Greek cities: Alexandroupoli, Xanthi, Drama, Komotini, Serres and Thessaloniki.
Watch an interview with #CedefopPhotoAward first prize winners from Lithuania, Edita Aleksandravičienė and Irena Masandavičiūtė after the award ceremony at the second #EUVocationalSkills week closing event in Brussels.
#CedefopPhotoAward second prize winners, Adrian Callaghan, Tomás Mc Kenna and Eoin Halliday, interviewed at the Thessaloniki Cinema Museum during the 58th Thessaloniki International Film festival on 3 November 2017.
Check out what Malta, Lithuania, Italy, Greece, Slovenia, Croatia, Cyprus and Sweden representatives have to say about the influence of the thematic country reviews (TCRs) on apprenticeships in their countries!