Romania has taken over the rotating six-month EU Presidency for the first time. Its programme, published on 15 January, focuses on ‘cohesion, a common European value’ and includes provisions for vocational education and training (VET), digital skills and mobility.
In 2018, the National Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training Development ran a campaign to enrol more learners in initial vocational education and training (VET) from 2018/19. It comprised local, regional and national actions targeting potential students, parents and the community as a whole.
In 2018, the Erasmus+ Fit2Com Skills Alliance project created, piloted and certified a new ’expert in comfort & healthy footwear manufacturing’ EQF level 5 qualification and corresponding training. It aims to address the demand for comfortable, healthy and fashionable footwear in the project partner countries of Germany, Spain, Portugal and Romania.
In November 2016, following amendment of Law of National Education, a dual-based programme was introduced in initial VET. Since then, the National Centre for TVET Development (NCTVETD) has started to set out the necessary methodological framework for the organisation and implementation of the new IVET programme.
The National Centre for Technical, Vocational Education and Training Development has responsibility for the Erasmus+ project European quality assurance in vocational education and training - national reference points (QANRPs), running from April 2017 to March 2019.
The National Centre for TVET Development has published a Guide to institutional good practices in quality assurance in initial VET. The NCTVETD is a member in the quality assurance national reference point (QANRP) in the European Network for Quality Assurance in VET. The publication is part of the EQAVET-NRP-RO-2017 project currently in process.
Romania is participating in the Learning by doing project, where the main objective is to improve the capacities of VET actors. This will be done through reinforcing regional, national and transnational partnerships to strengthen existing VET systems and support their development in the Danube region countries. The project started in January 2016 and will last for 30 months to the end of June 2019.
MEPs Anne Sander, Siôn Simon and Emilian Pavel, members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL), visited Cedefop on 12 and 13 February and had a fruitful exchange of views with management and staff.
The potential impact of work-based learning (WBL) in developing those VET student skills and competences needed by the world of work is strongly acknowledged; it is high in the Riga conclusions agenda for 2015-20.
Romania’s vocational educational and training (VET) system has gone through continual reforms to match society’s needs better. In initial VET (IVET) these needs refer mainly to (a) adjusting training offer to the labour market, and (b) increasing social partner and employer participation and accountability.