Vocational education and training (VET) excellence and key competences were at the centre of discussions at the meeting of Directors General for VET (DGVT) in Alba Iulia, Romania, on 17 and 18 March.
Half of adult non-native speakers do not possess active language skills in Estonian. Mastering the language has a significant impact on employability, according to PIAAC data, on wages. A recent study on the quality, impact and organisation of language training showed a high demand for Estonian language training for non-native speaker adults, indicating a need to reconsider the provision of efficient and accessible training.
The New beginning at EPAL initiative, designed to upgrade the role and image of VET in Greece, sets students’ and society’s needs at the epicentre of action. The scheme foresees a series of ESF-funded interventions to build up the key competences of learners through psychosocial and cognitive support.
The Chamber of Trades and the Chamber of Employees have adapted Basic-check to the Luxembourgish context and are providing it free of charge to pupils from the fifth grade of general secondary education (corresponds to the ninth year of secondary education). The check examines pupils’ knowledge and aptitudes, helping them to set up a competence profile which helps their decision-making in respect of apprenticeship training.
The Portuguese Government launched the Youth pass certificate in November 2017. This is a recognition and validation instrument for competences acquired by young people via non-formal education; it is also a personalised free-of-charge certificate that, over time, can be updated with new competences.
Croatia presented its ambitious PROMikro project which will use microcomputers to introduce digital literacy elements into various elementary school classes and extracurricular activities.
A new version of the national standard of financial literacy has come into force in the 2017/18 school year.
Knowledge centres are being appointed to help educate students in vocational education and training (VET) to handle technological development and match the competences that companies demand in a digital labour market. The centres will also support other VET schools in their work on the digitalisation of education, resulting from new technologies, and in developing and testing new teaching and training methods that all VET schools can use in their work with talents and educational development.
Low literacy rates are increasing in the Netherlands, despite policies by the Dutch Government to tackle the problem. Around two and a half million Dutch people currently have literacy and numeracy difficulties, according to the Court of Audit’s 2016 report Aanpak van laaggeletterdheid (Approach to illiteracy).
On 16 November 2017, the Youth Board of Cyprus presented two programmes aiming to activate young people and to promote and develop entrepreneurship. Both are included in the National action plan for youth employment and are jointly funded by the European Social Fund.