Conference on the impact of Globalisation on VET: challenges and opportunities

Cedefop, Thessaloniki 26-27 November 2015



Thursday, 26 November 2015 - Day 1
09:30-10:00 Registration of participants


Chair: Loukas Zahilas, Cedefop

Welcome and opening of the conferencePlenary

James Calleja, Cedefop Director

Koen Nomden, European Commission


Setting the scene

George Kostakis, Cedefop

Keynote speech: How globalisation is changing VET

Patrice Guézou, Chamber of Commerce and Industry France

11:00-11:30 Tea/coffee break


Moderator: Steven Libbrecht, Prospex

Meeting the challenge of globalisation in VET

Digital transformation: work and operations reinvented
Piotr Pluta, Corporate Affairs EMEAR, CISCO

International harmonization of qualifications in the welding sector
Luisa Coutinho, European Welding Federation

SCQF: sectoral, credible, quality, flexible
Pauline Sutton, Scottish credit and qualifications framework partnership





Exchanging views and ideas: Parallel workshops

Discussion in the workshops will consider how the process of globalisation impacts on education and training and how international sectoral qualifications and national VET systems are providing skills for employment.

Workshop 1

Globalisation: changing what we learn

Chair: Wouter Van den Berghe,  Belgian Road Safety Institute


Philippe Joureau, Cedefop

Peter Szovics, Institute of banking Education of the national bank of Slovakia


Moustafa Trond Smistad, Oslo and Akerhus University college of applied sciences

Sally Messenger, WorldSkills

Workshop 2

International qualifications: enabling employability

Chair: Koen Nomden, European Commission


Slava Pevec Grm, Cedefop

Tormod Skjerve, Federation of Norwegian Enterprises


Jens Bjornavold, Cedefop

Workshop 3 (Rousseau room)

Cooperation between national and international, sectoral levels: mutual benefits and wider employability

Chair: Hanna Autere, Finnish National Board of Education


Ernesto Villalba-Garcia, Cedefop

Birute Miskiniene, International Business School, Vilnius University



Anja Trier Wang, Business Europe

Michael Dawe, City & Guilds


Common EU reference framework for border guard training and qualifications
Anemona Peres, Frontex

Speaking a common European asylum language using the EASO training curriculum
Ann-Sofie Galjaard, EASO

Is your banker qualified? The Triple E standard
Mariola Szymańska-Koszczyc, European Banking & Financial Services Training Association


International qualifications in Latvia: characteristics, role and perception
Baiba Ramina, Academic Information Centre, Latvia

Lessons learned from international qualifications at grass roots level, Margarida Segard, ISQ-Group Portugal

International qualifications: their value in the labour market
Brigitte Bouquet, CNCP France


Sport qualifications in Europe: managing the expectations of national qualifications frameworks and international federations
Ben Gittus, European Observatoire of Sport and Employment

Towards a new match between the labour market and education
Regina Kleingeld, NCP NLQF, Dutch partnership for lifelong learning

Girona’s factory: a VET example in Nestlé youth employment initiative
Alberto Vega, Nestlé España, S.A.

16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-18:00 Parallel workshops  continued
18:45 Departure for conference dinner
Friday, 27 November 2015 – Day 2
9:00 – 9:30 Arrival of participants


Chair: George Kostakis, Cedefop

Exchanging views and ideas: workshops reportingPlenary

Peter Szovics, Institute of banking Education of the national bank of Slovakia

Tormod Skjerve, Federation of Norwegian Enterprises

Birute Miskiniene, International Business School, Vilnius University


Beyond Europe: Similarities and difference

Globalisation of TVET: public good, private good and common good: a complex equation
Borhene Chakroun, Unesco

Innovative approaches to engaging in skills: Australia’s experience
Melissa McEwen, Australian Government, Department of Education and Training

NZQA’s work – Helping New Zealanders qualify for the future world
Jane von Dadelszen, New Zealand Qualifications Authority

The reform of the Indian VET system from the point of view of internationalisation
Gerald Thiel, Asian Development Bank

11:15-11:45 Tea/coffee break


Moderator: Steven Libbrecht, Prospex

Panel Discussion: Joining forces to develop VET for a globalised economy

Thomas Mayr, UEAPME

Agnes Roman, ETUC

Mario Spatafora, Effebi Association

Eva Cheng, Hong Kong Qualifications framework secretariat

Wilfried Boomgaert, Flemish Ministry of Education and Training

Maria Todorova, European Commission

Jens Bjornavold, Cedefop

Reconciling the local with the global: the way ahead
Loukas Zahilas, Cedefop

13:00 End of the Conference