Cedefop’s work programme 2014 takes the final phase of the medium-term priorities 2012-14 into account in a European context of low economic recovery, high youth unemployment, skills needs and gaps and the overall European policy framework for education and training.
New projects include the EU skills panorama (EUSP) and the inventory on validation. Following up a mandate from the European Council, national qualifications frameworks (NQF) mapping’s scope will be broadened to include progress on validation systems in 33 countries; and the Centre will support the European alliance for apprenticeships.
In 2014, Cedefop will continue to respond to increasing needs for country-specific information. One major deliverable will be the policy report, which will reflect progress in the Copenhagen process and provide evidence for revision of the objectives as formulated in the Bruges communiqué.
The Centre will closely cooperate with the European institutions and respond to needs of Member States and social partners. In cooperation with other agencies, the European Training Foundation and Eurofound, as well as OECD, Unesco and other supranational organisations, Cedefop will provide evidence on emerging skills needs and the consequences this has for provision of vocational education and training.
Cedefop’s work programme 2014 constitutes an ambitious attempt to preserve its core activities, respond to new requests and ensure previous quality standards while respecting resource constraints.