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Cedefop Newsletter no. 19 - February 2012


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Worrying signs for green skills?
Photo by Eileen Kennedy

Worrying signs for green skills?

Green skills have been in the limelight for quite some time now. They are seen in many quarters as something akin to ICT skills: not just as specialist knowledge, but as key competencies that underlie a vast swathe of jobs across sectors. But the present crisis is leading to cutbacks in education and training, affecting the development of such skills. What can be done to convince employers and training providers to change tack.


News from Cedefop

Employer survey on skill needs in Europe: Fieldwork begins

Employer survey on skill needs in Europe: Fieldwork begins

To be competitive, the availability of adequately qualified and skilled employees is a main issue for any firm or organisation. It is, therefore, essential to have the right information about relevant developments of skill need at an early stage. Employers´ answers to this survey will help in meeting labour market requirements more effectively in the future.
Study visits catalogue 2012/13

Study visits catalogue 2012/13

The study visits programme for education and vocational training specialists and decision makers, part of the lifelong learning programme (2007-13), is an initiative of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture. Cedefop coordinates the programme at the European level; national agencies implement the programme in the participating countries.
Briefing note - From concept to practice - implementing the European training agenda

Briefing note - From concept to practice - implementing the European training agenda

Cedefop’s achievements in 2011 and new priorities for 2012-14.
How fares ECVET?

How fares ECVET?

The 2011 monitoring report on developments in the European credit system for vocational education and training (ECVET).

VET-Alert - Just published on Vocational Education and Training - February 2012 issue

4th Cedefop Photomuseum Award

4th Cedefop Photomuseum Award

Cedefop, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training of the European Union, and the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, the only state-run museum for photography, overseen by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, invite photographers to take part in the 4th Cedefop Photomuseum Award, which is being organised in connection with the PhotoBiennale 2012 / 22nd International Photography Meeting (exhibitions, portfolio reviews, screenings, masterclasses, colloquia).

News from the Member States

Items submitted by ReferNet, Cedefop’s European network for VET

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Skills for a low carbon economy: what next?


  27/02/2012 to 27/02/2012     OECD, Paris, France

Conference on Reducing Early School Leaving: Efficient and effective Policies in Europe


  01/03/2012 to 02/03/2012     Brussels, Belgium

International Conference on Validation "To implement a high quality validation process – a challenge!"


  05/03/2012 to 07/03/2012     Oslo, Norway

Social Innovation in Education and Training


  06/03/2012 to 06/03/2012     Brussels, Belgium

Youth conference


  18/03/2012 to 21/03/2012     Soro, Denmark

Director Generals meeting in the area of youth


  20/03/2012 to 21/03/2012     Soro, Denmark

e-Skills Week 2012


  26/03/2012 to 30/03/2012     Different cities, Europe

Director Generals meeting in the area of vocational education and training


  22/04/2012 to 24/04/2012     Copenhagen, Denmark

Conference on VET-Business Co-operation


  24/04/2012 to 25/04/2012     Copenhagen, Denmark

Plennary meeting of the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network (ELGPN)


  24/04/2012 to 25/04/2012     Copenhagen, Denmark

3rd International Workshop on Curriculum Innovation and Reform: Changing Assessment to Improve Learning Outcomes


  26/04/2012 to 27/04/2012     Thessaloniki, Greece

Skills mismatch and firm dynamics


  27/04/2012 to 27/04/2012     London, United Kingdom

Celebrating 25 years of the Erasmus Programme


  08/05/2012 to 09/05/2012     Copenhagen, Denmark

Conference on new qualifications for new jobs


  09/05/2012 to 11/05/2012     Copenhagen, Denmark

Forecasting skill supply and demand in Europe:


  10/05/2012 to 11/05/2012     Venice, Italy

Meeting in the Standing Group on Indicators and Benchmarks (SGIB)


  24/05/2012 to 25/05/2012     Copenhagen, Denmark