A unique career orientation solution developed by the Estonian Youth Work Centre, Civitta Eesti and Maru VR, presents opportunities to explore occupations in nursing and bioanalysis – fields that often suffer from a labour shortage – direct to young people and in virtual reality.
On December 21, 2017, draft legislation was approved by the government by which a new financing model for vocational education will be implemented in 2018. Financing will be provided for the activities and performance of education institutions as a whole. The present model is based on financing the number of students engaged in state-commissioned education, which means that school budgets fluctuate as students change their preferences. The present financing model also fails to ensure the work of support specialists, teaching young people who need a more individual approach, or motivating schools to perform better.
Cedefop launched a skills governance review in Estonia on 29 January. National stakeholders came together in Tallinn to learn about the project and discuss possible priorities it can address.
The interaction between vocational education and training (VET) systems and a rapidly changing world of work was the theme of Cedefop’s 4th Brussels-based seminar, organised with the cooperation of the Estonian EU Presidency on 8 December.
Prototype improvement, ideas for cooperation and suggestions for future actions were the main points of the European big data hackathon (#euBDhack) follow up, jointly organised by Cedefop and Eurostat, in Thessaloniki on 18 and 19 September.
Set up around the ‘Unity through balance’ motto, Estonia has assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the European Union (EU) Council until the end of 2017.
The government supports Estonian as a second language and foreign language learning by learners in VET and higher education, to ensure better career opportunities and mobility.
The government aims to reduce the share of adults aged 25 to 64 without professional or vocational education from 28.5% in 2016 to less than 25% by 2020, and to increase their participation in lifelong learning. An obstacle for achieving this goal is low motivation and lack of key competences.
In two separate meetings, on 20 March in Athens and on 27 March in Sofia, Cedefop officially launched its EU country support programme to strengthen the governance of skills anticipation and matching.
The Employment programme for 2017-20, revised by the government in autumn 2016, stipulates a package of new measures for workers at risk of unemployment. The goal of the additional continuous training and retraining measures is to prevent unemployment, also supporting structural changes in the economy.