The best information always comes straight from the source. Ten years ago, Cedefop set up a network designed to provide it with the most reliable information on national vocational education and training systems and policies. The network collects much of the information and data on which Cedefop’s research and analysis is based. In October, ReferNet celebrated this milestone with a conference in which futures specialist Fabienne Goux-Baudiment outlined the challenges education and training will be facing. Cedefop also issued a special publication that included contributions from ReferNet members.
In accordance with implementation of the project ‘Development and implementation of an information system for workforce competence assessment by sectors and region and with the cooperation of leading human resources consultants’, the Bulgarian industrial association’s chamber (a nationally represented employers’ organisation) has developed the prototypes of the first seven sector competence models.
With a 33.2% unemployment rate in the 15-24 age group in 2011, Slovakia was the EU’s third worst-performing country in employment. In response to a letter by Mr. Barroso asking eight EU countries to rethink actions to fight their disproportionally high youth unemployment rate, the Slovak government decided to reallocate EUR 70 million from the ESF Operational programme education (OPE) to the Operational programme employment and social inclusion (OPESI). The resources will be diverted predominantly from Measure 1.1, focused on transformation of traditional schools into modern ones, Measure 1.2, focused on higher education institutions and research and development, and Measure 2.1, focused on CVET and LLL. While OPESI lacks the means to support youth employment and additional sources amounting to the EUR 70 million identified as needed, OPE features very low drawing and contracting (15.72% and 56.73% from May 2012).
Improving quality is a key priority in vocational education and training. A manual for self-assessment is used in initial vocational education in Bulgaria to contribute to it.
Telework for family life-work reconciliation in the EU: promoting women participation and mobility - WOMEN IN, is a project currently funded by the European Commission, the Leonardo da Vinci programme and the Transfer of innovation subprogramme. It is being implemented between October 2011 and September 2013.
Until 2014, establishment of 42 sectoral practical training centres (SPTC) is foreseen; two of them have already opened on wood technologies and the furniture production sector.
A study was recently conducted on the shortage occupation phenomenon in Hungary. It relied on interviews, document analysis, and a survey involving 2 500 students training for any of the officially designated shortage jobs.
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