Cedefop, together with Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU, is continuing its Cedefop-Brussels seminars with the 11th event of the series, a virtual event only. It will present Cedefop’s research activities related to the overarching theme of inclusive participation in skills development with a special focus on continuing VET (CVET).

Organised in cooperation with the rotating EU Presidency, these seminars build on Cedefop’s research and analyses to address issues relevant to current European debates on vocational education and training (VET), skills and employment.

Drawing on Cedefop’s research, participants will discuss:

  • trends and characteristics of the participation of adult population in education and training in the EU, taking into account different national contexts and population groups;
  • integrated support measures and incentives for individuals aimed at increasing inclusive participation in CVET;
  • the role of employers in increasing inclusive participation in CVET: creating the necessary incentives for employers to invest and participate in skills development.

A concept note is available here.


9.30-10.00 Accessing the event platform – technical check
10.00-10.30 Welcome

Moderator: Antonio Ranieri, Head of Department, Cedefop

  • Nataša Kranjc - Director General, Upper secondary, short-cycle higher vocational and adult education, Slovenian Ministry of Education
  • Jürgen Siebel – Executive Director, Cedefop
  • Alison Crabb – Head of Unit, European Commission
10.30-11.00 Setting the scene: enabling adult participation in CVET
  • New agenda for adult learning 2030 – Luka Živić, Chair of the Education Committee, Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU
  • Lidia Salvatore - Expert, Cedefop
11.00-11.45 Towards integrated policies: enabling individual learning and supporting company training

Presentation of Cedefop research followed by Q&A and discussion involving the whole audience.

  • Patrycja Lipinska, Ernesto Villalba-Garcia and Cynthia Harrison Villalba, Cedefop experts
  • Q&A and discussion
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11.55-12.30 Panel discussion with European stakeholders: the role of employers in increasing participation in CVET

Moderator: Mara Brugia, Deputy Director, Cedefop

  • Robert Plummer, BusinessEurope
  • Agnes Roman, ETUC
  • Felix Rohn, European Commission
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Mara Brugia

Mara Brugia has been the Deputy Director of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Cedefop, since September 2014. She was the Acting Executive Director from June 2018 until August 2019.

She has been involved in vocational education and training since 1994.

Alison Crabb

Alison Crabb, Head of Unit “Skills Agenda", European Commission, Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.

Working in the European Commission since 1999, Alison Crabb currently heads the Skills agenda Unit in DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.

Cynthia Harrison-Villalba

Cynthia has been responsible for lifelong guidance at Cedefop, in the Learning and employability strand of the Department for VET and skills, since 2020.

She is also coordinator of CareersNet, Cedefop’s network of independent experts in lifelong guidance and career development, and of the Centre’s inventory of lifelong guidance systems and practices.

Nataša Kranjc

Nataša Kranjc is a Director-General at the Upper secondary, short-cycle higher vocational and adult education Directorate under the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport in Slovenia.

She graduated from the Faculty of Pedagogical Sciences in Maribor and continued her studies at the University of Ljubljana, where she completed her studies in the field of adult learning.

Patrycja Lipińska

Patrycja Lipińska has worked as an expert at the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) since 2005. She is responsible for research and policy analysis on VET financing.

Her current projects include financing CVET/adult learning with a focus on demand-side schemes, financial and non-financial instruments supporting training performance in micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, individual learning accounts and integrated/coordinated support policies and systems for CVET/adult learning.

Robert Plummer

Robert is a senior adviser at BusinessEurope, responsible for issues concerning migration and mobility, education and skills, social dialogue and the European Labour Authority.

Prior to joining BusinessEurope, Robert worked as a political adviser for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) party.

Antonio Ranieri

Antonio Ranieri is Head of the Department for VET and skills at Cedefop. He manages a team of European experts working in research and policy analysis on vocational education and training (VET).

An economist by training, Antonio has taught regional economics at the University of Rome since 2002. He also lectured at the National High School of Public Administration on cost-benefit analysis and public expenditure.

Felix Rohn

Felix Rohn's career started by exploring the markets of central and eastern Europe as they emerged in the early 1990s.

Equipped with this experience, he proceeded to worked in a project team for the monitoring and assessment of the EU Phare programme, which paved the way for the EU enlargement of 2004.

Agnes Roman

Agnes Roman has been a senior policy coordinator on education policy issues at the European Trade Union Committee of Education (ETUCE) since 2010.

She has also acted as an advisor to the European Trade Union confederation (ETUC) on lifelong learning and VET policy since 2012.

Lidia Salvatore

Lidia Salvatore is an expert for adult learning and continuing vocational training at Cedefop. She was responsible for Cedefop publication and research conducted under the Economic and social cost of low-skilled adults in Europe project and is currently responsible for managing and carrying out analysis and research on empowering adults through upskilling and reskilling pathways.

Jürgen Siebel

Jürgen Siebel joined Cedefop from the private sector in September 2019 as Executive Director.

Out of Thessaloniki Cedefop supports the development of European vocational education and training policies and contributes to their implementation.

As Executive Director, he is responsible for managing the Agency’s operations in accordance with the strategic direction of its tripartite Management Board.

Ernesto Villalba-Garcia

Ernesto Villalba has been working at Cedefop since 2011. He is currently responsible for Cedefop’s work on validation of non-formal and informal learning.

He has worked, together with the Commission, on the monitoring, implementation and evaluation of the 2012 Council Recommendation on validation, as well as on several updates of the European inventory and the European guidelines.

Luka Živić

Luka Živić holds a master and a bachelor degree in European studies from University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, Slovenia.

He currently works as Counsellor for education, youth and sport at the Permanent Representation of Slovenia to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium.


Agenda - 11th Cedefop Brussels Seminar


Towards integrated policies - Cynthia Harrison, Patrycja Lipińska, Ernesto Villalba


Inclusive participation in CVET - Lidia Salvatore



Lidia Salvatore
Patrycja Lipinska
VET Financing team
Cosmin Roman
Cedefop Liaison Officer