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.
One of the Government’s strategic choices is to upscale vocational education and training (VET) from the status of a forced solution for few, to a conscious choice and employment tool for many. This choice is directly linked to the country's economic recovery.
The next steps of the apprenticeship reform currently being implemented aim to support employers offering new apprenticeships based on revised standards.
Moving forward the national strategy to reform vocational school and increase attractiveness of professional qualifications, 2019 legislation regulates the conditions for, and eases recognition of, mobility periods abroad.
The Ministry for Education and Employment (MEDE) is launching ‘My journey: achieving through different paths’, a secondary school reform aiming to tackle early school leaving further and to provide a system for all learners by addressing their different learning aptitudes, intelligence and patterns.
Data from a 2019 monitoring report show that apprenticeship for vocational qualifications and diplomas, upper secondary education diplomas and high technical specialisation certificates (Type 1 apprenticeship) continues its growing trend in 2017 (+22%).
During the academic year 2018/19, the Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC) ran a continuous professional development (CPD) pilot session to increase counsellors’ awareness of the full range of options open to those completing upper secondary school as well as adult learners, with particular focus on work-based learning choices, such as apprenticeship and traineeship.
Ireland’s apprenticeship council and the Electricity Supply Board (ESB – Ireland’s State-owned electricity supply company) launched the ‘Taster Times’ event in March 2019.