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.
A new Cedefop briefing note highlights the double demand from policies on vocational education and training (VET) qualifications: they must be relevant at national and local levels while also internationally comparable.
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.
Since 2018, 21 partners from nine countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain) representing textile, clothing, leather and footwear (TCLF) industries, universities, VET providers and accreditation bodies have been implementing the ‘Skills4Smart TCLF Industries 2030’ project.
On the last day of the Portuguese EU Presidency (30 June), Cedefop organised its 10th Brussels seminar with the Presidency to discuss future-proofing vocational education and training (VET) skills and competences.
Cedefop unveiled the results of a study aiming at a European methodology that will allow the comparison and analysis of the content and profile of vocational education and training (VET) qualifications.
Experts from Asia and Europe convened on 27 and 28 April 2021 for an online conference on ‘Bridging Asia-Pacific and Europe: New Qualifications and Competencies in TVET’.
A major new Cedefop study focuses on how microcredentials can support learning for employment, and vocational education and training (VET) providers, authorities, employers and employees are invited to share their views and experience.
Preparation courses for VET teachers support them in initiating the process of obtaining a PhD degree and boost research activities at VET provider level.