Cedefop has long tracked the changing roles and professional development of teachers and trainers in vocational education and training. In this publication, it analyses 19 Member State initiatives which aim to set out competence requirements for trainers in adult learning and continuing training. The analysis, which also covers validation of non-formal and informal learning, forms the basis of a proposed emerging competence profile for trainers.
Of the population aged 18 to 69, 46% participated in some kind of education or training in 2011.
In 2010, EUR 24.8 million were invested to support training plans of private companies, a loss of 8.1 % compared to 2009. This is due to a change in the legal basis (reduction of eligible costs) and also a reduction in companies’ training efforts.
The goal of the Swedish government is full employment. An important part of achieving this goal is to create wider pathways to jobs for groups with a weak foothold in the labour market. The labour market situation for young people (20-24 years) causes extra concern. The youth unemployment rate has increased for a long time and has since the beginning of the 2000s remained at high levels. Due to the European economic crisis Sweden is also entering into a recession with many layoffs and job cuts as a result.
With a budget of nearly EUR 42 million, a statewide training programme is now being implemented for its second year addressed to improve the skills and employability of young people under 30.
The European workforce is getting older. By 2060 there will be only two people of working age (15-64 years) in the European Union for every person aged over 65 years, compared to four to one today. Many EU countries, in response are increasing retirement ages.
It is a well-known fact that the European workforce is getting older. Instead of being seen as a demographic time bomb with very negative consequences, Europe’s ageing workforce is increasingly talked about as ‘the silver economy’ that may energise development and bring new opportunities for economic growth.
What are the links between work organisation, workplace learning, training and innovation? How can our workplaces become good environments for learning and innovation? Are European companies applying any policies or public programmes that combine innovation and skills development? If so, how do these programmes operate?