Cedefop’s European inventory on national qualifications frameworks (NQFs) shows that as national qualifications frameworks take shape and are implemented, their benefits and added value become more visible.
Since the 2016 law on the integrated qualifications system came into force, a national qualifications framework level is assigned to every qualification awarded in the formal education system.
In recent years, apprenticeship has been recognised as a valuable part of vocational education and training (VET). It strengthens cooperation between schools and companies and links the labour market with the education system.
Formal education is just one of several ways of acquiring knowledge, with many individual skills acquired through other paths such as working in a profession, voluntary work, or leisure activities. At the same time, the labour market today is changing rapidly and new professions are emerging, for which individuals acquire knowledge on their own or while working in a company.
In a meeting at the headquarters of the European Federation for Welding (EWF) in Lisbon on 27 January, international and welding sector experts discussed the latest vocational education and training (VET) developments and reflected on future scenarios in relation to the European tools and their use in the sector.
A Cedefop delegation headed by Director James Calleja discussed issues of mutual interest with Greek ministers on 20 January in Athens.
Guidelines for upper secondary VET programmes and Guidelines for higher VET programmes serve as a framework for the development of VET programmes. They define the objectives, curriculum structure, duration, and completion for each education level; they are also the basis for preparing, quality assessment and adoption of new or renewed education programmes.
Spring is usually a busy time for visits – this year, Cedefop received visitors from various countries and institutions, including Athens College, universities from Greece, Finland and France, and two institutions dealing with the validation and recognition of qualifications: the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) and the Ankara Chamber of Commerce from Turkey.
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