Work environments in the near future are expected to feature more autonomy, less routine, more use of ICT, reduced physical effort and increased social and intellectual tasks. Labour market skill needs will be shifting, and workers will have to supply new skills to match changing needs. An aging workforce, overqualification and job polarisation at the top and bottom of the skills scale will be some of the key challenges of the next decade; they call for action now.
Europe’s labour force is projected to remain at a similar level in the period up to 2030 while moderate job growth will likely curb unemployment, according to Cedefop’s skills forecast, released on 8 June in Brussels.
Following the resignation of Cedefop Director James Calleja, Deputy Director Mara Brugia has been appointed Acting Director by Cedefop’s Governing Board.
The May 2018 issue of Skillset and match, Cedefop’s magazine promoting learning for work, is now available to read and download.
Low qualifications, disengagement from education and training and long-term unemployment are interconnected phenomena and tend to build up throughout a person’s life.
As countries across Europe are developing national qualifications frameworks (NQFs), the question of the frameworks’ added value and contribution to policies and practices is taking centre stage.
The January 2018 issue of Skillset and match, Cedefop’s magazine promoting learning for work, is now available to read and download.
Cedefop has published in Skills Panorama overviews of skill anticipation approaches in all EU Member States. They show differences and similarities in skills anticipation methods, governance, dissemination and its use in policy-making. They provide insights and possible policy lessons about how to get the best out of a potentially, powerful policy tool.
In recent years, European countries have been working ever more closely together in vocational education and training (VET) against a backdrop of uncertainties linked to globalisation, digitisation, migration and the transition to a greener economy. In this context, Cedefop is looking further ahead at the main trends in education and training to stimulate debate on European VET cooperation beyond 2020.
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).
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 in Thessaloniki.
Cedefop launched the TCRs in 2014 to support cooperation among EU Member States and to interact with individual countries wishing to develop quality apprenticeships in line with EU policies. A lighter version of the reviews (flash TCRs) is being piloted in Belgium (French-speaking Community) and Sweden.
Excitement at the prospects of the new digital era is tempered by worries that people will lose their jobs to robots and machines. But before reaching conclusions about the future, it is important to understand the different ways technology is changing the world of work; namely job substitution, job creation and job transformation, as Cedefop’s latest briefing note explains.
Teams of vocational education and training (VET) learners from Ireland and Lithuania are the winners of this year’s #CedefopPhotoAward competition. In total 140 teams consisting of 383 VET learners took part in the competition, representing VET providers from 20 EU Member States. The teams were asked to tell a story of their VET experience.
Over the past two years, Europe has received an unprecedented number of refugees and asylum seekers. Many of these are here to stay, and the European Union needs to ensure that they enter the labour market and become self-reliant as quickly as possible.
The EU’s population and workforce are ageing. This has implications for employment, working conditions, living standards and welfare. How should we respond to these challenges? A new report shows how information from four agencies, including Cedefop, can support policy-making that is both complementary and greater than the sum of its parts. The report, coordinated by EU-OSHA, draws on the agencies’ expertise in each of their areas and covers the different challenges associated with the ageing workforce and considers innovative solutions.
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.
After developing and progressively introducing national qualifications frameworks (NQFs), European countries are starting to assess their experiences, and the multiple roles and benefits of the frameworks are gradually emerging.
Cedefop’s key objective is to look at the world of work and the world of education and to see how we can align them to build the right workforce for the future, the EU agency’s Director James Calleja said at the European Parliament in Brussels on 26 January.
The 45 EU Agencies and Joint Undertakings make a vast contribution to the economic and political development of the European Union according to two new studies presented today during the EU Agencies Forum at the European Parliament. The studies highlight that while the EU Agencies, including Cedefop, represent less than 0.8% of the EU’s annual budget, their contribution has widespread impact at citizen, industry and policy level.