To improve the effectiveness of national guidance services, the law on vocational training, employment and social democracy assigned a leading role to the Regions. Since 2015, the public service of lifelong guidance has been provided jointly by the State (policy setting and implementation in public education) and the Regions (local implementation mostly in continuing training). The aim is to guarantee universal access to free, complete and objective information on jobs, training, qualifications, career opportunities and pay levels.
In response to the coronavirus threat and to help contain its spread, the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA) decided to promote the use of e-learning by subsidised training providers – a move also aiming at faster adoption of ICTs in vocational training. To this end, the HRDA prepared a Supplement to the relevant policy and procedures guides (titled Utilising e-Learning methods in training programmes), which entered into force on 26 March 2020.
In the upcoming school year (September 2020), VET students in Poland will be able to select among four new qualifications:
- welding technician (technik spawalnictwa), available in vocational upper secondary and second stage sectoral programmes;
- ceramic decorator (zdobnik ceramiki), available in first stage sectoral programmes;
- railway vehicle mechanic (mechanik pojazdów kolejowych), available in first stage sectoral programmes;
- railway vehicle technician (technik pojazdów kolejowych, available in vocational upper secondary and second stage sectoral programmes.
The five-year collaboration between the education ministries and other stakeholders in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia seeking common approaches to work-based learning (WBL) and WBL tutor training is bearing fruit.
The world has changed in a few short weeks; to counter the Covid-19 pandemic all classes and most jobs have been suspended. Education and labour authorities are developing measures to address the absence of classroom-based education and reduce its impact on learners’ performance and development.
Danish Parliament decided to consolidate patchwork of introductory courses and training for people under 25 without a general or vocational upper secondary education under one institution to provide better learning pathways.
Although adult participation in training is increasing in Italy, the country remains behind both the European average and the target for adult participation in lifelong learning, according to the analysis on continuing vocational training (elaboration of labour force survey (LFS) data). The analysis showcases the obstacles to adult participation in training.
Higher technical education and training (IFTS - Istruzione e Formazione Tecnica Superiore) and vocational education and training (IeFP - Istruzione e Formazione Professionale) are two efficient channels for accessing the labour market, according to a recent survey carried out by the National Institute for Public Policy Analysis (INAPP).
Finalising a pilot project to establish a system of regular monitoring and labour market projections in Czechia, including a strong regional dimension.
Worker and employer survey reveals that building and construction have a strong connection to the labour market leading to permanent employment. Health care, childhood and youth development meet the overall needs of the labour market, but lead more often to part-time, temporary, and on-call jobs.