In a series of interviews to European media, new Cedefop Director James Calleja has outlined the organisation’s work and targets, and addressed issues such as unemployment and career guidance that are at the centre of European citizens’ concerns.
At a joint workshop on 4-6 December, Cedefop and OECD examined the first findings of the survey of adult skills (PIAAC), which show that literacy levels vary across countries and between vocational education and training (VET) and general education graduates at upper-secondary levels.
In June, the Ministry of Labour launched two strategic initiatives to provide vocational education and training, including apprenticeship and labour market/career guidance for a total of 5 000 youngsters around the country.
Starting in the autumn, a career education programme will be implemented in the majority of general education schools in Lithuania.
This briefing note presents Cedefop’s achievements in 2012 and provides an overview of the plans for 2013 for the following key areas: policies for modernising VET systems, careers and transitions, skills and competences.
The German-speaking area of Belgium lies in the eastern part of the country and borders on the Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg. Its official title is the Deutschsprachige Gemeinschaft – the German-speaking community. In the federal organisation of Belgium there are two kinds of territorial entity with very wide-reaching powers: the communities and the regions. The German-speaking community enjoys political autonomy in such important areas as education, employment, culture, health and welfare.
The National Agency for Vocational Education and Training (NAVET) is responsible for an integrated information system (IIS) for data collection and storage. The agency manages and provides data and information on demand. The system is part of the e-government of the country.
Today everybody needs relevant competences to manage their working lives. Making informed choices and taking important decisions on education and employment is important not only in a transition phase (if moving from one education level to another or moving from school to the labour market) but throughout life.