In October 2016, the Academic Information Centre – EQF national coordination point – launched a national qualifications database. It contains data on all qualifications at EQF levels 1-8 acquired in state-recognised formal education programmes.
To make the vocational education and training (VET) more responsive to labour market needs and to raise its attractiveness, the education ministry has designed a new apprenticeship-type scheme called work-based learning (WBL).
In 2016, the Latvian Government approved the Adult education plan 2016-20 to support creating a unified and sustainable national adult education system.
Cooperation between vocational education and training (VET) schools and companies is essential to improving the quality of apprenticeships.
EU and central Asian education ministers agreed on cooperation in higher and vocational education on their first meeting held in Riga in June 2015, under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU).
Check out our new video on Latvia's vocational education and training (VET) system. It is based on Cedefop's publication series, Spotlight on VET, which is developed in cooperation with the ReferNet network.
In April 2015, the Latvian Parliament (Saeima) adopted amendments to the Vocational Education Law, to increase compliancy of vocational education and training (VET) with labour market needs at sectoral, institutional and programme levels.
In 2010, the cabinet of ministers (CoM) approved the Guidelines for optimisation of a vocational education establishment network for 2010-15. These guidelines aim to modernise vocational education provision and increase quality and availability of vocational education in regions. To achieve this, it is necessary to reduce numbers of State vocational schools (from 59 to 30), and to strengthen capacity of the remaining schools.
Vocational education and training (VET) reform is a priority of education policy in Latvia. It aims at high quality standards, flexible provision and better cooperation between stakeholders. The recent national education strategy 2014-20 foresees introduction of a modular approach and development of work-based learning in VET.