Several recent activities designed to strengthen gender equality in Swedish education have been in progress. The Swedish National Agency for Education has proposed changes to the curricula – including the curriculum for upper secondary VET – and reported on projects intended to increase gender equality during work-based learning. Both the proposed changes and the report were presented in June 2019.
A total of 10 new VET school networks were set up by the National Centre for TVET Development between April 2019 and March 2021 to strengthen institutional capacity and develop the quality assurance culture in initial VET.
New six-month apprenticeship programmes have become available in Romania for low-qualified people and for those who left school without any qualification. The programmes mainly support integration in the labour market and do not require prior formal qualifications.
On 22 November 2019 stakeholders discussed the developments in adult education in the national forum ‘I work and learn’. Topics included among others: learning for employees at the workplace, involvement of employers in adult education, good practice examples in providing learning at the workplace, challenges and solutions for quality assurance in non-formal education.
On 21 of May 2019, the Ministry of education and the president of WorldSkills Luxembourg launched ‘Skills United’, a new joint campaign promoting vocational training and skills competitions in trades and professions in Luxembourg.
In 2021, compulsory education age will be extended from 16 to 18 according to the government programme. This will apply to all programmes at upper secondary level.
Vocational Skills Night (Oskuste ÖÖ) was held in Estonia on 17 October 2019 for the third time. This is a major event celebrating European vocational skills week, introducing vocational schools and promoting vocational education and training (VET).
A recent study on the labour market success of vocational education and training (VET) and higher education (HE) graduates confirms that the higher the level of education and skills, the better the labour market prospects.
The Department for Education has announced that new T Level qualifications will be rolled out in England from the 2020-21 school year onwards. These qualifications are aimed primarily at 16 to 19 year-olds and are set to become one of the main choices for post-16 education alongside apprenticeships and GCE-Advanced Level (A Level) academic qualifications.
The new Cedefop database is the main source of information about vocational education and training (VET) systems in the European Union, Iceland and Norway.