On 1 January 2012, changes were made to the organisation of vocational training for the unemployed following recent amendments to the Law to promote employment.
To encourage Lithuanian vocational education and training (VET) providers to share their good practice and promote VET, the Qualifications and VET Development Centre (Kvalifikacijų ir profesinio mokymo plėtros centras) launched a good practice competition. The winners were announced on 1 December 2011 during the conference on ‘Vocational education and training: the future and success’.
Youth unemployment rates in Italy are among the highest in the EU. In December 2010, 29 % of 15-24 year-olds were unemployed. In December 2010, Italy’s national statistics service, Istat, reported that while the overall rate of unemployment rose by 0.2 % from 2009 to 2010, the rise in youth unemployment was 12 times higher. The inactivity rate is increasing dramatically: 1 in 3 young people is not studying or working, which gives rise to several critical issues for demand and supply in the labour market.
The new state maturitais designed to be more comparable, prestigious and objective. Itis also expected to become more pertinent for higher education institutions and employers.
In November 2009, a Law on lifelong learning created a right to information, advice and assistance in vocational guidance. To allow all French citizens to assert this right, the Law also provided for the creation of a lifelong guidance body, the Service public de l'orientation (SPO), with two main missions: to certify guidance bodies and to implement a guidance service.