The ReferNet partnership forum brought together virtually, in May, national representatives, partners and Cedefop experts involved in the network’s activities.
On 11 March 2021, the European Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET) national reference point affiliated to the State Institute of Vocational Education (ŠIOV) organised, in cooperation with the European Commission, the online peer learning activity ‘Peer review – An instrument supporting quality assurance in VET’. The conference participants included a representative of the European Commission, representatives of other EQAVET national reference points, as well as foreign and domestic experts.
Preparation courses for VET teachers support them in initiating the process of obtaining a PhD degree and boost research activities at VET provider level.
Digital skills are in high demand in the labour market and required for jobs in all sectors and companies. In response to this increased demand, the Public Employment Service (ADEM) launched in March 2021 the ‘Youth eAcademy’ programme, offering digital training courses to young jobseekers.
Social partners and educational researchers are designing a new training alliance model to support training companies severely affected by Covid-19. Company-based training can now be temporarily taken over by supra-company training establishments, while the costs for the training alliance and the proportionate training allowance are being covered by the public sector.
Cedefop is inviting vocational education and training (VET) providers to take part in a survey about VET’s recent changes and future path.
The highlight of the Skillsnet e-bulletin's January - April 2021 issue is the next-generation skills intelligence to drive recovery in Europe.
At least two-thirds of adults in every EU Member State agree that their government should prioritise investment in learning for adults. In Spain the figure is 92%, amongst the highest in the EU, according to a survey by Cedefop.
The May 2021 issue of Skillset and match, Cedefop’s magazine promoting learning for work, is now available to read and download.
Established in 1987, the Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS) is the leading Maltese education institution providing further and higher education programmes in tourism and hospitality.
In October 2020, the Ministry of Labour and the Public Employment Service (ADEM) presented the Future Skills Initiative, starting with a flexible and free training programme designed to meet jobseekers’ current and future needs.
A new regulation on workplace learning in Iceland has been approved and will take effect on 1 August 2021, as part of a comprehensive reform of the Icelandic VET system.
According to a report published in March 2021 on female participation in VET, Ireland has one of the highest female VET participation rates in Europe (higher than 60% of the total enrolment rate in many education sectors). The report is entitled ‘women in further education and training (FET)’ and was published along a magazine celebrating the 1 000th female apprentice, and sharing real-life stories of women choosing VET.
Analysis from the Cedefop skills forecast shows that in most countries with a growing elderly population, health sectors are not expected to expand accordingly by 2030.
Cedefop has started a close cooperation with France and Italy to support the development and implementation of systematic, coordinated and coherent approaches to upskilling pathways for low-skilled adults in the two countries.
In Finland, the minimum school leaving age is being increased from 16 to 18 years, in accordance with legislation that will come into force in August 2021. It will first apply to learners whose compulsory education under the current provisions will end in 2021.
Predicting skills trends in a rapidly changing labour market is a cornerstone of policy-making, and Cedefop organised a high-level conference on 13 April to reflect on how to develop further its skills intelligence research and tools in the coming years.
Vocational packages were introduced in 2018 to help young people find their way from education and out into the labour market. A recent survey conducted by the National Agency for Education has shown that, two years later, these packages are well integrated and both in demand among students and widely offered in schools across Sweden.
Workshop- and craft-laboratories are apprenticeship programmes (Escuelas Taller, Talleres de Empleo y Casas de Oficios) for unemployed people combining learning in a real working environment with employment.
Seek and you shall find. While easily said, the search for a suitable continuing professional training programme is still difficult. What tools can make a change to find a perfect fit in a huge and heterogeneous continuing education market? The INVITE innovation competition aims to find answers to this question, with the help of artificial intelligence.