The European Commission and Cedefop have jointly launched a thematic working group on trainers in VET within the framework of European cooperation in education and training (‘ET 2020’). The members of the Thematic working group were nominated by the national authorities of the participating countries.
The Council in its conclusions of 22 October 2010 stressed that ‘Member States should work together in identifying best practices and guiding principles with respect to changing competences and the profiles of VET teachers and trainers’. The Bruges Communiqué foresees that support at EU level will be provided to achieve this objective, to which the Thematic working group will contribute.
The main focus of the working group is on VET trainers at the workplace in both initial and continuing VET. Through peer learning among policy-makers and experts in the field, the working group will strengthen knowledge sharing and help develop policies as regards vocational trainers’ competences and continuing professional development.
During their first meeting, the working group members discussed its mission and thematic priorities and agreed on working methods, work plan and main outputs.
For more information on the group, see Cedefop web pages on Trainers in VET.