Agenda
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The Slovenian Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities has reached out to Cedefop to seek expert advice with regards to setting up a Skills Forecasting system and to improve the governance of skills anticipation and matching in the country. A first workshop was organised early 2021 where technical...

The Slovenian Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities has reached out to Cedefop to seek expert advice with regards to setting up a Skills Forecasting system and to improve the governance of skills anticipation and matching in the country. A first workshop was organised early 2021 where technical advice was given on how best to proceed with setting up a national system while particular emphasis was placed on the challenges of organising and implementing skills forecasts in a small country. Cedefop has agreed to organise jointly with the Ministry a follow-up online workshop.

This second workshop addresses two main themes:

  • Managing expectations: what can be expected from long term skills forecasts and where are their limitations? How to see skills forecasts in the context of other tools?
  • The governance of skills anticipation and matching: How to ensure trust? What is the role of partners and stakeholders? How to ensure results feed into policy making?

Please find the agenda below.

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Cedefop, together with Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU, is continuing its Cedefop-Brussels seminars with the 11th event of the series, a virtual event only. It will present Cedefop’s research activities related to the overarching theme of inclusive participation in skills development with a special focus on c...

Cedefop, together with Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU, is continuing its Cedefop-Brussels seminars with the 11th event of the series, a virtual event only. It will present Cedefop’s research activities related to the overarching theme of inclusive participation in skills development with a special focus on continuing VET (CVET).

Organised in cooperation with the rotating EU Presidency, these seminars build on Cedefop’s research and analyses to address issues relevant to current European debates on vocational education and training (VET), skills and employment.

Drawing on Cedefop’s research, participants will discuss:

  • trends and characteristics of the participation of adult population in education and training in the EU, taking into account different national contexts and population groups;
  • integrated support measures and incentives for individuals aimed at increasing inclusive participation in CVET;
  • the role of employers in increasing inclusive participation in CVET: creating the necessary incentives for employers to invest and participate in skills development.

A concept note is available here.

Programme

9.30-10.00 Accessing the event platform – technical check
   
10.00-10.30 Welcome
 

Moderator: Antonio Ranieri, Head of Department, Cedefop

  • Nataša Kranjc - Director General, Upper secondary, short-cycle higher vocational and adult education, Slovenian Ministry of Education
  • Jürgen Siebel – Executive Director, Cedefop
  • Alison Crabb – Head of Unit, European Commission
10.30-11.00 Setting the scene: enabling adult participation in CVET
 
  • New agenda for adult learning 2030 – Luka Živić, Chair of the Education Committee, Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU
  • Lidia Salvatore - Expert, Cedefop
11.00-11.45 Towards integrated policies: enabling individual learning and supporting company training
 

Presentation of Cedefop research followed by Q&A and discussion involving the whole audience.

  • Patrycja Lipinska, Ernesto Villalba-Garcia and Cynthia Harrison Villalba, Cedefop experts
  • Q&A and discussion
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11.55-12.30 Panel discussion with European stakeholders: the role of employers in increasing participation in CVET
 

Moderator: Mara Brugia, Deputy Director, Cedefop

  • Robert Plummer, BusinessEurope
  • Agnes Roman, ETUC
  • Felix Rohn, European Commission
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Speakers

Mara Brugia

Mara Brugia has been the Deputy Director of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Cedefop, since September 2014. She was the Acting Executive Director from June 2018 until August 2019.

She has been involved in vocational education and training since 1994.

Alison Crabb

Alison Crabb, Head of Unit “Skills Agenda", European Commission, Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.

Working in the European Commission since 1999, Alison Crabb currently heads the Skills agenda Unit in DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.

Cynthia Harrison-Villalba

Cynthia has been responsible for lifelong guidance at Cedefop, in the Learning and employability strand of the Department for VET and skills, since 2020.

She is also coordinator of CareersNet, Cedefop’s network of independent experts in lifelong guidance and career development, and of the Centre’s inventory of lifelong guidance systems and practices.

Nataša Kranjc

Nataša Kranjc is a Director-General at the Upper secondary, short-cycle higher vocational and adult education Directorate under the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport in Slovenia.

She graduated from the Faculty of Pedagogical Sciences in Maribor and continued her studies at the University of Ljubljana, where she completed her studies in the field of adult learning.

Patrycja Lipińska

Patrycja Lipińska has worked as an expert at the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) since 2005. She is responsible for research and policy analysis on VET financing.

Her current projects include financing CVET/adult learning with a focus on demand-side schemes, financial and non-financial instruments supporting training performance in micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, individual learning accounts and integrated/coordinated support policies and systems for CVET/adult learning.

Robert Plummer

Robert is a senior adviser at BusinessEurope, responsible for issues concerning migration and mobility, education and skills, social dialogue and the European Labour Authority.

Prior to joining BusinessEurope, Robert worked as a political adviser for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) party.

Antonio Ranieri

Antonio Ranieri is Head of the Department for VET and skills at Cedefop. He manages a team of European experts working in research and policy analysis on vocational education and training (VET).

An economist by training, Antonio has taught regional economics at the University of Rome since 2002. He also lectured at the National High School of Public Administration on cost-benefit analysis and public expenditure.

Felix Rohn

Felix Rohn's career started by exploring the markets of central and eastern Europe as they emerged in the early 1990s.

Equipped with this experience, he proceeded to worked in a project team for the monitoring and assessment of the EU Phare programme, which paved the way for the EU enlargement of 2004.

Agnes Roman

Agnes Roman has been a senior policy coordinator on education policy issues at the European Trade Union Committee of Education (ETUCE) since 2010.

She has also acted as an advisor to the European Trade Union confederation (ETUC) on lifelong learning and VET policy since 2012.

Lidia Salvatore

Lidia Salvatore is an expert for adult learning and continuing vocational training at Cedefop. She was responsible for Cedefop publication and research conducted under the Economic and social cost of low-skilled adults in Europe project and is currently responsible for managing and carrying out analysis and research on empowering adults through upskilling and reskilling pathways.

Jürgen Siebel

Jürgen Siebel joined Cedefop from the private sector in September 2019 as Executive Director.

Out of Thessaloniki Cedefop supports the development of European vocational education and training policies and contributes to their implementation.

As Executive Director, he is responsible for managing the Agency’s operations in accordance with the strategic direction of its tripartite Management Board.

Ernesto Villalba-Garcia

Ernesto Villalba has been working at Cedefop since 2011. He is currently responsible for Cedefop’s work on validation of non-formal and informal learning.

He has worked, together with the Commission, on the monitoring, implementation and evaluation of the 2012 Council Recommendation on validation, as well as on several updates of the European inventory and the European guidelines.

Luka Živić

Luka Živić holds a master and a bachelor degree in European studies from University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, Slovenia.

He currently works as Counsellor for education, youth and sport at the Permanent Representation of Slovenia to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium.

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The 19th ReferNet annual plenary meeting will inform on the latest EU VET policy developments, the outcomes of the 2021 work plan and the preparation of the 2022 work plan.

The meeting will be attended by the 29 partners under the 2020-23 Framework Partnership Agreement as well as the national representatives for ReferNet and will inform on the latest EU VET policy developments, the outcomes of the 2021 work plan and the preparation of the 2022 work plan.

The following topics will feature on the agenda: integrated monitoring approach for the VET recommendation and the Osnabrück Declaration, Mobility Scoreboard, Teachers’ and trainers’ professional development to support inclusive and sustainable learning, Micro-credentials, etc.

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The conference presented the interim findings of Cedefop’s project on Microcredentials for labour market education and training. Over 200 participants joined the event representing 40 counties. Cedefop’s approach to open exploration and consultation was highly appreciated by participants.

The conference presented the interim findings of Cedefop’s project on Microcredentials for labour market education and training.

Over 200 participants joined the event representing 40 counties. Cedefop’s approach to open exploration and consultation was highly appreciated by participants.

The event was an opportunity for policy-makers, stakeholders, experts and researchers  from education and training, industry and beyond, to discuss and understand the emerging roles of microcredentials in supporting labour-market-related and employment-relevant education, training and learning. It offered Cedefop an opportunity to share with participants the methodology and interim findings of its study on microcredentials, as well as a space for reflection and discussion of microcredentials’ broader uptake and function. Building on research carried out by Cedefop in recent years, the conference complemented the ongoing political discussion on tools and initiatives supporting people in their lifelong learning pathways established in the July 2020 Skills Agenda, the Council Recommendation on vocational education and training (VET) and the 2020 Osnabrück Declaration.

During the first day of the conference (25 November) Cedefop experts presented the project and its outcomes and participants were given the opportunity to participate actively in three breakout sessions. The second day (26 November) took a broader perspective on microcredentials, as they are increasingly being viewed as independent  building blocks in national and international skills strategies responding to several drivers.

 twiiter Take part in the discussion:  #Microcredentials4LabourMarket

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Career guidance is recognised as an essential service and learning resource that can support and enable individuals throughout life. Former and newly enacted EU policies reinforce and affirm the importance of lifelong guidance. More recent policy initiatives since 2020 increase attention on guidance provisions and services...

Career guidance is recognised as an essential service and learning resource that can support and enable individuals throughout life. Former and newly enacted EU policies reinforce and affirm the importance of lifelong guidance. More recent policy initiatives since 2020 increase attention on guidance provisions and services, particularly in facilitating engagement in re- and upskilling, preventing exclusion, and widening opportunities for all individuals to shape their career and skills development in a holistic way, in a lifelong learning perspective. Partnerships, strategic cooperation, and coordination have been a means to build better guidance systems, and there are calls for their strengthening.

CareersNet, Cedefop’s network of independent experts in lifelong guidance and career development was created in 2017 to collect comparable and reliable information on a European scale in the field of lifelong guidance and career development for informing improvements in national systems, policies, and practices. The network also generates new knowledge while offering members opportunities for peer learning and collegial exchange. Insights are shared on national developments and the national relevance of EU initiatives, independently of changes in national or European policy. CareersNet experts provide and analyse content for Cedefop’s EU+ online Inventory of lifelong guidance systems and practices.

CareersNet will convene again remotely for its fifth annual meeting on 6 and 7 December 2021. The event partner this year is the Slovenian Government with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport Department of Educational Development and Quality. Each year the network partners with a European national institution responsible for career guidance and career development. In order to promote quality lifelong guidance and career development across Europe, this year the event has been added to the Slovenian Presidency calendar as an accompanying event.

Invited partners will attend sessions on Day One of the event alongside Cedefop and CareersNet members, and Day Two is dedicated to network management and is attended by network members.

The event will include thematic presentations by the Slovenian event partner on the first day, focusing on governance and cross-sectoral and service partnerships and good practices essential in successful lifelong guidance and career development systems in order to provide equitable, high-quality lifelong career development and learning for individuals of all ages.

Day One: Plenary sessions and group work, peer exchange opportunities and information on Cedefop studies and other relevant news from Cedefop and other participants will be included in the event Agenda. Other topics include highlights of the Cedefop project on (national/regional) approaches to and standards in monitoring and evaluation in career guidance systems, new developments in Cedefop’s work on accessible labour market and skills intelligence and its implications for career guidance, follow up on the CareersNet collection of working papers in Digital transitions – Rethinking professionalism of career practitioners in the digital context.

Day Two: Network participants will discuss topics in the field, network activities and developments that took place in 2021 and since the last annual meeting in October 2020, and those planned for the next period. Network discussions will include the 2021-2022 updating of the online EU+ Inventory of lifelong guidance systems and practices.

New members will be welcomed and oriented, as the network transitions to its new mandate period this year - amidst the societal transformations and changes in working and learning experienced prior to and since the pandemic. Mutual exchange of experiences in what regards current national developments and closer policy cooperation, collaboration and partnerships surrounding guidance systems will also be a priority, particularly as new directions are charted.

The event is for members and representatives of the partner institution and is by invitation only. Other invited institutional participants include the European Commission and the European Training Foundation (ETF). The agenda and updates/changes will be made as information becomes available closer to the event.

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In the context of important societal developments, EU and national policy shifts driving change and presenting challenges and opportunities as adults learn, work, and transition in and out of the labour market today, career guidance is continually having to adapt to meet the needs of all individuals. EU post-2020 policy pl...

In the context of important societal developments, EU and national policy shifts driving change and presenting challenges and opportunities as adults learn, work, and transition in and out of the labour market today, career guidance is continually having to adapt to meet the needs of all individuals. EU post-2020 policy places increased attention on the multifaceted role of career guidance in supporting learning and career pathways, also emphasising outreach and integrated approaches, and services such as validation and skills assessments. As a result, we are invited to revisit aspects of quality in lifelong guidance service delivery and systems, including monitoring and evaluation approaches that lead to a better understanding of inputs, and the sought-after results of career guidance and career development activities.

Are resources available for effectively monitoring and improving guidance services that are fit for these purposes, and for evaluating outcomes and impacts at different levels? Are systems changing to meet evolving demands from clients, to enable a more diverse set of beneficiaries and to reach target groups – are integrated policy approaches and services becoming the norm? Can the costs and investments in supporting career pathways for adults be estimated? What are the important drivers having an impact on the shape of monitoring and evaluation processes in career guidance today? Which approaches are currently used and which data is collected and used? Can a common set of minimum standards be developed for all member states?

Through taking stock of the state of the art and existing models, indicators and approaches to monitoring and evaluation in career guidance, and in looking ahead to the future in the European context, this event has three main aims:

  • To present selected results of Cedefop’s study on support and incentives to learning and careers (Lot 1): monitoring and evaluation of career guidance and career development services. This includes presentation of research papers by external expert teams, findings from a pilot study conducted in Austria in 2021, and several illustrative cases from other European countries;
  • To discuss a proposed monitoring and evaluation framework, and common European indicators, with invited participants including guidance experts and national providers of guidance services, and other key stakeholders;
  • To exchange and generate new knowledge for building the evidence base on monitoring and evaluation in career guidance, including the results of career guidance and career development activities.

The page will be updated as details become available.

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Reference
AO/DSL/JVLOO-KPOUL/ETLS/011/21
Closing date
15/11/2021
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Traineeships 2022
Closing date
25/11/2021