Improving the quality of European education and training systems is one of the pillars of Europe’s strategy to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy by 2020.
This past summer (8 June) the European Parliament adopted a resolution, initiated by MEP Nadja Hirsch, on European cooperation in vocational education and training to support the European 2020 strategy. Looking back at almost 10 years since the launch of the Copenhagen process for better cooperation in vocational education and training (VET), the resolution called on the Member States to live up to their promises and implement the measures needed to make VET fit for the future. Among such measures, the common European tools and principles for VET play a leading role in making it easier to compare various forms of learning between countries and sectors, and allowing people to have this learning recognised across Europe. This past November, Cedefop organised two events at the European Parliament in Brussels to discuss these tools and principles: a workshop on the general impact on the tools; and a conference with the European social partners on the role of employers and workers in further developing and implementing the common tools and principles.
How does the accreditation of training providers improve the quality of vocational education and training (VET)?
A new publication examines how accreditation systems relate to quality assurance by means of 12 in-depth case studies. Of these, four relate to economic sectors, eight to countries.
The success of current reforms in vocational education and training depends largely on the people responsible for transforming policy into practice. Cedefop’s latest working paper argues that we need to better understand how leadership can help implement reforms and secure the quality of vocational education and training.
The papers and presentations of the joint workshop (14-15 November 2011) are available on line.
To ensure Europe's global competitiveness, the European Union's Member States need to provide their citizens with a wide range of combinable learning options. What are the challenges for policy-makers in charge of developing progression routes in education and training systems?
Do we share a common language on training issues? For the EU-27, with its current 501 million citizens and single labour market, such questions are hardly academic: common understanding leads to common trust. The multilingual (DE,EN,FR) glossary attempts to make this understanding easier.
On 30 June four EU agencies held a joint seminar at the European Parliament on the all too topical issue of youth employment. The agencies, Cedefop, Eurofound, ETF and EU-OSHA, each presented their work, which ranged across several related topics.
The papers and presentations of the expert workshop (24-25 February 2011) are available on line.