The latest in the series of brief descriptions of national training systems, “Spotlight on VET in Ireland” presents the Irish education and training system in a nutshell, including an account of distinguished features of the Irish VET system, and a list of useful websites.
On 11 December, German Federal Education Minister Annette Schavan hosted ministers responsible for vocational training from several Member States at a conference in Berlin. The event, held with the support of the European Commission, concluded with the signing of a memorandum of cooperation in vocational training in Europe between Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain, which aims to launch cooperative activities “to encourage and support dual forms of job-related vocational training”. Acting Director Christian Lettmayr was at the Berlin conference to deliver a keynote speech.
On 10-11 December in Berlin, European ministers discuss new ways of cooperation in vocational education and training. The focus is on dual-education models, which have attracted the attention of several Member States. Cedefop Director Christian Lettmayr has been invited to be the keynote speaker at the conference.
For ReferNet’s 10th anniversary, Margaretha Allen and Ulrika Hallin wrote a story illustrating how the common EU tools will, in the near future, open up opportunities for citizens - for learning, working, and for building exciting and fulfilling careers.