The Irish government recently launched the Economic recovery plan 2021 for rapid job creation and economic growth after the pandemic
Commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Research, a study was recently completed on the international experiences of using micro-qualifications and their application possibilities in the Estonian education and training system. Among European countries, the Irish and French systems were explored. Supporting smooth transitions between levels and types of education is one of the three strategic goals of Estonia's education strategy for 2035. It foresees creating opportunities for learners to acquire education consisting of smaller parts (so-called learning bites or micro-qualifications) according to their needs and abilities.
Every year, NOKUT, the Norwegian agency for quality in higher education and upper secondary vocational education (nationally referred to as higher VET), conducts a survey among students about their study quality experience.
While facing the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the WorldSkills Croatia 2021 competition was held live from 11 to 13 May in Zagreb, Croatia, for over 300 IVET learners in 43 disciplines.
The Confederation of Portuguese farmers (CAP) carried out a study to identify the necessary key competences and skills for the development of the agricultural sector, and create new, or critically review and update existing, qualifications standards in the national qualifications catalogue (CNQ).
The international project Validation of transversal skills across Europe (TRANSVAL-EU), jointly carried out by 16 European institutions, is an example of policy experimentation with all activities coordinated at ministerial level. The project results are intended to provide specific tools to support lifelong learning further, ease mobility and promote transparency of competences across sectors.
A new programme aims to ease transition from upper secondary to higher education vocational studies, advance VET quality, ensure a smooth transition to higher education for learners with outstanding achievements, and raise awareness of the importance of career planning.
Linking the curriculum to the national register of qualifications (NSK) is one of the key activities set out by the education strategy 2030+. The aim is to offer learners who drop out of their three- or four-year IVET programme a possibility to gain vocational qualifications and thereby to enable their re-entry in education at a later stage.
The third survey on vocational training supply (OFP survey) in Italy for the training year 2019/20, conducted from July to December 2020 by the National Institute for the Analysis of Public Policies (INAPP), provided significant data, highlighting evolutionary dynamics that include in particular:
- an increased use of private funds in addition to public ones;
- higher investment in innovative digital technological competences and soft skills;
- the structural characteristics of the training centres that become more autonomous.
A new Act, drafted by the education ministry based on proposals in the minister's action plan, increases young people’s interest in VET and changes admission requirements for VET learners who wish to enter higher education.