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Cedefop Newsletter no. 20 - March 2012


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  Skills forecast reveals risks and opportunities in Europe’s labour market

Skills forecast reveals risks and opportunities in Europe’s labour market

Cedefop’s latest skill forecast shows that the European Union can expect a net increase in employment of 8 million new jobs between 2010 and 2020. Nearly ten times more job opportunities (around 75 million) will be generated to replace workers who leave the labour market. But skill mismatches and, in some sectors, skill shortages create risks for the EU labour market and the competitiveness of the European economy.


News from Cedefop

Making curriculum reform effective

Making curriculum reform effective

For the third consecutive year, Cedefop is organising an international workshop on curriculum innovation and reform. This time the focus is on learners’ assessment.
Working on vocational training with our host city

Working on vocational training with our host city

Cedefop is pleased to be involved in Thessaloniki's ambitious plan to improve lifelong learning and skills development in the municipality. At a press conference held on 26 March, Mayor Yannis Boutaris and Cedefop’s Acting Director Christian Lettmayr announced that the two bodies will be working together to improve links between vocational training and labour market needs.
A strategy for green skills?

A strategy for green skills?

A study on skill needs and training has wider lessons for successful transition to a green economy.
Skills mismatch: The role of the enterprise

Skills mismatch: The role of the enterprise

Understanding the dynamics of skill mismatch is a crucial component of Cedefop’s work on skills in the European labour market.
The green side of innovation

The green side of innovation

In 2008, at least 20% of innovative enterprises in many EU countries had procedures in place to identify and reduce their environmental impact.

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


Working with us


ReferNet call for proposals Ireland-Spain


Relaunch of "A short-term Sectoral-Based Anticipatory System for labour market trends and skill needs"

AO/RPA/ARANI/Sectoral Based Anticipatory System/002/12

Qualifications at level 5 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)


News from the Member States

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

Stay connected to Cedefop via Social Media


EU Policy


Strategies for improving participation in and awareness of adult learning - European guide


Creating opportunities for youth

How to improve the quality and image of apprenticeships

Opinion of EESC on Youth employment, technical skills and mobility


Opinion of the EESC on the Post-secondary vocational education and training as an attractive alternative to higher education


Promotion and validation of non-formal and informal learning - report from the public consultation


New website promoting Health Ageing


Council Conclusions on the Annual Growth Survey and the Joint Employment Report in the context of the European Semester Priorities




e-Skills Week 2012


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

Annual Forum of EQAVET Network


  29/03/2012 to 30/03/2012     Brussels, Belgium

Learning and working pathways in Europe: Information event for Thessaloniki's academic community


  04/04/2012 to 04/04/2012     Thessaloniki, Greece

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

Current Trends in Education and Training Policy in European Union: National and European Qualifications Framework, Key Competences for Lifelong Learning and Validation of Non-Formal and Informal Learning


  10/05/2012 to 10/05/2012     International Hellenic University, Thermi - Thessaloniki, Greece

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


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