Participants at a workshop on European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) warn of persisting ‘cultural gap’ between policy makers and practitioners.
Recent evidence suggests that curricula based on learning outcomes can increase learner motivation, forge stronger links between theoretical and practical learning, raise participation rates and improve learners’ prospects on the labour market. But to ensure success, these curricula need to be carefully designed, delivered and assessed - a process which requires the involvement of key stakeholders and well-trained teachers.
‘While not all of the Europe 2020 objectives will be solved through vocational education and training (VET), almost none of them will be solved on a sustainable basis without VET,’ said Cedefop’s Acting Director Christian Lettmayr in Brussels today.
In the coming decade the European labour market must deal successfully with several challenges: the legacy of the financial crisis, the need for sustainable growth, the trend toward skill-intensive jobs and the ageing of the population.
Would you like to explore education and training issues with your peers in other European countries? Are you interested in expanding your professional network? Do you wish to learn more about education and training policy and practice across Europe? Then perhaps it’s time to participate in the EU’s Study Visits Programme.
Cedefop’s latest policy report, A bridge to the future: European policy for vocational education and training 2002-10, reviews the progress achieved during the past eight years of European cooperation on vocational education and training policy, and suggests new directions within the Europe 2020 agenda.
Director Aviana Bulgarelli will leave Cedefop on 15 October 2010, the end of her present mandate. Deputy Director Christian Lettmayr has been appointed Acting Director.
The goal of achieving a green economy in Europe now affects all EU economic and social policies, including education and training.
Skills for a low-carbon economy are of vital importance to Europe. Cedefop’s latest work suggests priorities for policy-makers.
A new Cedefop publication explores disparities between available skills and jobs and explores policy options
The Cedefop/Photomuseum Prize 2010 has been awarded to Eileen Kennedy (US) for her collection ´Beyond Success´.
Our societies need to do more to communicate to citizens the benefits of training, upskilling and qualifications. This is the message of Cedefop Director Aviana Bulgarelli at the conference of the European Economic and Social Committee, Education to combat social exclusion held in Florence on 20-22 May.
Skills supply and demand in Europe: medium-term forecast up to 2020, published today by Cedefop, shows that while general trends are common throughout Europe, there are substantial differences among Member States.