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Vocational education and training (VET) is at the heart of the skills revolution that is indispensable for a just recovery as well as the digitalisation and ‘greening’ of Europe’s economy, Cedefop Executive Director Jürgen Siebel told participants of a high-profile event organised by the European Business Network for Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (CSR Europe).
Cedefop’s research and policy advice is actively supporting the ‘greening’ of Europe’s economy, by providing insight into the demands that are made on the labour market in relation to jobs, skills and educational requirements.
On 13 July 2021, Slovakia’s Recovery and resilience plan (RRP) was approved by the EU economic and finance ministers. According to the RRP, funds will support reforming curricula at all education levels, improving schools’ digital infrastructure, and the greening of schools. After the first successful step has been taken, what remains to be done is defining how suggested reforms are going to be carried out and achieving active stakeholder support.
The school year 2021/22 sees the launch of new thematic and pilot institutes of vocational training (IEKs) to promote vocational excellence and innovation.
The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST), Malta’s leading VET provider, has concluded an extensive six-month consultation process about its Strategic plan 2022-27.
The Ministry of Education and Science pays great attention to the relevance of the vocational education programmes to labour market needs. This requires day-to-day cooperation between schools and industries, and a clear methodology that allows the strongest VET providers in each sector to take a leading role. According to the ministry, this approach will also help improve VET quality and coordination.
Of the 122 occupations and trades which secondary vocational training leads to, some make particular use of the latest technologies. These SMART professions are constantly evolving to create many interesting and innovative jobs. In June 2021, the education ministry launched the promotion campaign ‘The future is SMART’ to raise young learners’ awareness of these SMART vocational training programmes.
The National Skills Strategy, launched in June 2019, responds to a steadily changing world of work by promoting a new training culture, which sees occupational CVET as a lifelong necessity. Two years later, an implementation report looking into the measures taken so far finds that three quarters of the agreements have already been implemented or their implementation is underway.
The study System participation of trade unions in the area of apprenticeship: opportunities and threats in the time of digitalization, published at the end of 2020, outlines opportunities and threats of trade union participation in vocational education and training (VET).
A recently published collection of papers by Cedefop’s community of apprenticeship experts provides a useful tool for planning targeted, effective and efficient reforms in apprenticeship governance across Europe.
Since the start of the implementation of the Flemish qualifications framework in 2011, over 500 professional qualifications have been developed. They form the basis for recognised vocational education, training, and recognition of acquired competences (RAC) pathways, providing a widely supported and unambiguous frame of reference for lifelong learning.
A new agreement was adopted to make the Swedish labour market more flexible; it includes significant funding for continuous professional development (CPD) and retraining for workers. ‘This is the largest labour market reform in modern times’, said Minister for Employment, Eva Nordmark when the proposals were presented in a press conference on 7 June 2021.
During her internship in Naturalis, the natural history museum in Leiden, 18-year-old VET student Noortje Looijenga discovered a new butterfly species. Noortje, a second-grade student in applied biology, has a long-standing interest in butterflies.
The Irish government recently launched the Economic recovery plan 2021 for rapid job creation and economic growth after the pandemic
Commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Research, a study was recently completed on the international experiences of using micro-qualifications and their application possibilities in the Estonian education and training system. Among European countries, the Irish and French systems were explored. Supporting smooth transitions between levels and types of education is one of the three strategic goals of Estonia's education strategy for 2035. It foresees creating opportunities for learners to acquire education consisting of smaller parts (so-called learning bites or micro-qualifications) according to their needs and abilities.
The highlight of the Skillsnet e-bulletin's May-January 2021 issue is the joint visit by European Commission Vice President Schinas and Commissioner Schmit.
The September 2021 issue of Skillset and match, Cedefop’s magazine promoting learning for work, is now available to read and download.
Cedefop Executive Director Jürgen Siebel shared insights from the agency’s work regarding digital upskilling and reskilling in the European Union at a roundtable discussion organised by the Greek Ministry of Digital Governance on 11 September, in the context of the 85th Thessaloniki International Fair.