The Generation apprenticeship competition and campaign has been running since 2017. In December 2019, SOLAS hosted the first ever Generation apprenticeship employer of the year awards.
A one-year orientation programme for students finishing lower secondary education (grade 8) has been piloted since 2018/19. It focuses on acquiring basic competences necessary to make informed career choices.
The initiative is part of activities carried out under the national project 'Reducing the number of early school leavers in vocational training'. It included a nationwide survey by the Ministry for Innovation and Technology and the National Office of VET and adult learning in 2018/19 to assess basic competences of VET learners and provide them with customised support.
A long-standing demand for raising the quality of guidance provision in Greece had finally been fulfilled. The National Organisation for Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP), the responsible body of the education ministry, followed a specific procedure for the certification of the profession by setting professional standards and requirements for those working as career guidance counsellors.
Digital community creative workshops (DCCWs) are multifunctional spaces featuring the latest digital devices. They have already been set up in 19 VET centres; the DCCW network will expand to 40 vocational centres in 2020.
Cedefop’s ReferNet, the network of institutions which provides information on national vocational education and training (VET) systems and policies in the EU Member States, Iceland and Norway, welcomed its new and reappointed partners at its 17th annual plenary meeting, on 6 and 7 February in Thessaloniki.
The State Public Employment Service of Spain (SEPE), the State Foundation for Training in Employment (Fundae) and several large technology companies signed agreements in autumn 2019 to create an important package of training resources in digital skills, publicly available completely free of charge. The companies included Amazon, Cisco, Cloudera, everis, Accenture Foundation, Telefónica Foundation, Google, Huawei, IBM, LPI-Linux Professional Institute, Oracle, and SAP.
The shipping industry is one of the main pillars of the Cypriot economy, offering opportunities for a successful career. The education ministry has introduced new programmes for maritime occupations as of the school year 2019/20.
In November 2019, the Bulgarian economy ministry announced a new ICT database of employers who meet the requirements for offering places for work-based training (dual training system).
A report on the results of the first round of tracing the professional trajectories of VET graduates was published by the Educational Research Institute. This is the first study that provides information on VET students’ education experiences and their professional journey. The study aims to build a VET graduate tracking system.