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19/10/2018
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Cedefop organised the second policy learning forum on apprenticeships, a European vocational skills week event, on 18 and 19 October in Thessaloniki.

18/10/2018
Cedefop’s new European skills index: a tool for informed policy-making

The SKILLSNET e-bulletin September - October 2018 Issue has just been send to Skillsnet members and published here in a pdf format.

16/10/2018
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Portugal has developed the Exit profile of students leaving compulsory education (Order -Despacho No 6478/2017, de 26 de Julho). This profile is a frame of reference based on specific principles: freedom of choice, responsibility, work appraisal, self-awareness, family, community and social inclusion. A new decree-law (Decreto-lei No 55/2018, de 6 de Julho), issued by the education and labour ministries, relates explicitly the exit profile of students leaving compulsory education with the following VET programmes: professional, art education, and education and training programmes for young people.

16/10/2018
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Following successful public consultation, the government has approved a new decree-law (Decreto-lei no 55/2018, de 6 de julho), which defines the new organisational principles of primary and upper secondary education curricula. It covers specific VET programmes: professional, art education, and education and training programmes for young people. The government’s priority is to guarantee equal opportunities and success for learners both in general and vocational education.

16/10/2018
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Cedefop organises the second policy learning forum on apprenticeships, a European vocational skills week event, on 18 and 19 October in Thessaloniki.

16/10/2018
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Cedefop hosted the 23rd ECVET (European Credit system for VET) users group and the ECVET network meeting at its premises in Thessaloniki on 11 and 12 October.

15/10/2018
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Sweden has launched a new vocational qualification test, intending to match vocational education and labour market needs better, to support collaboration between schools and working life, and to try to identify what kind of job a certain vocational programme prepares for.

15/10/2018
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The new academic school year 2018/19 started in August and young people could choose among 326 recognised occupations in the dual VET system at EQF level 4. These qualifications include 24 updated and one newly developed qualification, the ‘merchant in e-commerce’ (Kaufmann/Kauffrau in E-Commerce), reflecting an increased change of skills needed in the German economy.

15/10/2018
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A recent company survey by the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ) of 4 500 companies provides sound evidence that there is major demand for, and increasing lack of, skilled labour in the Austrian economy. It overwhelmingly confirms the importance of VET.

28/09/2018
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Teams of vocational education and training (VET) learners from Italy, Hungary and Lithuania are the winners of this year’s #CedefopPhotoAward competition.

27/09/2018
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Cedefop’s European skills index (ESI) makes understanding and analysing the performance of skills systems, within and across EU Member States, possible for the first time. The index was launched at an event in Brussels on 27 September.

26/09/2018
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The increasing use of digital technology has enabled new forms of employment, most notably those in the so-called platform or ‘gig’ economy. Platform or crowd work, where supply and demand for paid work are coordinated via an online platform, opens up opportunities and challenges.

24/09/2018
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Working in networks is in the nature of vocational education and training (VET), according to Cedefop Acting Director Mara Brugia. Ms Brugia was a keynote speaker at a seminar organised by CIOFS-FP, one of the main Italian VET providers, in Rome on 19 and 20 September.

21/09/2018
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Keep abreast of latest developments on ECVET, learn about creating ECVET units of learning outcomes, using the principles of ECVET and EQF, assessment of prior learning. Download ECVET magazine no 32 - September 2018

19/09/2018
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The September 2018 issue of Skillset and match, Cedefop’s magazine promoting learning for work, is now available to read and download.

13/09/2018
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Cedefop’s ReferNet network has prepared national reports on guidance and outreach for the upskilling of vulnerable groups.

12/09/2018
High quality training for vocational qualifications in key sectors
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The Taking teaching further programme has been launched to increase the number of industry professionals practising as teachers and trainers in colleges in England.

12/09/2018
Legislation amendments to raise dual VET attractiveness
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At the beginning of the school year 2017/18, there were 2 611 learners in dual VET, of whom 1 252 were in the first grade (3% of learners entering upper secondary education), 953 in the second, and 406 in the third. Based on these figures, raising the attractiveness of dual VET may prove challenging.

11/09/2018
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One of the initiatives of the National Skills Council at the Ministry for Education and Employment (MEDE) in Malta is the education-business encounters.

11/09/2018
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In the scope of a P-KAP: the support of action planning project 2016-20, a survey will be conducted in October and November 2018 among all upper secondary vocational schools and tertiary professional schools (more than 1300 schools in total). The goal is to understand the needs of the schools, particularly those related to achieving nationally defined priorities.

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