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 convened again remotely for its fifth annual meeting on 6 and 7 December 2021 (see event news headline). The event partner this year was the Slovenian Government with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport Department of Educational Development and Quality. To promote quality lifelong guidance and career development across Europe, Cedefop is honoured that this year the event was added to the Slovene Presidency calendar as an accompanying event. Annual meetings are restricted to network members and invited representatives of the partner institution and other selected EU institutional participants working in lifelong guidance and career development. Each year the network partners with a European national institution responsible for career guidance and career development.

A total of 73 participants including invited institutions and those representing our Slovenian partner attended on Day One of the meeting alongside Cedefop and CareersNet members from 32 countries. The European Commission and the European Training Foundation (ETF) were invited institutions. Day Two was attended by network experts and dedicated to network management, core expert activities, Cedefop work in the field, and targeted inputs by members. 

DAY ONE:

The event included a number of engaging thematic inputs arranged by the Slovenian Ministry's Department of Educational Development and Quality, beginning with an overview presentation focusing on governance and the Slovenian cross-sectoral national expert group in lifelong guidance, followed by five short inputs by the group's career guidance providers representing the array of substantial service practices and partnerships seen as essential in successful lifelong guidance and career development systems. Attention was drawn to the provision of equitable, high-quality lifelong career development and learning for individuals of all ages, marking clear progress nationwide since Slovenia's early contribution to the European guidelines for policies and systems development for lifelong guidance (ELGPN, 2015).

There were plenary sessions and focused group-work in breakout rooms on policies supporting cooperation and collaboration in providing improved access to career guidance and career development services and support, and on strengthening the lifelong guidance system. The smaller sessions also provided networking and peer learning opportunities.

To enrich learning on information-provision relevant for career guidance policy, Cedefop presented its latest work in accessible labour market and skills intelligence, implications of the EU Green Deal for 'green skills' transitions, and Agency experts also presented the CareersNet collection of working papers published in November - Digital transitions – Rethinking professionalism of careers practitioners in the digital context and shared news on a related Briefing note drawing on this body of work, published the day before the event by its Department of Communications.

Cedefop concluded the day by announcing that together with CareersNet, it will embark on targeted updating and revision of the Guidelines for Policies and Systems Development for Lifelong Guidance published in 2015 (Tool No.6) by the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network (ELGPN). Finalisation of the updated guidelines is expected in 2023.

DAY TWO:

During the dedicated sessions for network experts on the second day, participants deepened the discussions on collaboration in lifelong guidance and career development policies during a second group work session focused on integrative tools. The issue of integrated approaches and service cooperation was revisited, having been initiated at the 2019 Rome annual meeting before the pandemic onset. Other sessions outlined network activities and national developments since the last meeting in October 2020, including Cedefop’s empirical work on current monitoring and evaluation approaches across selected countries, and potential innovations, towards future standards in the field.

New members were welcomed and informed about Cedefop’s new portal and access points, the status of the LLG Inventory records, as well as network composition following the call for experts in 2021. Core experts were invited to discuss and share plans for full updates in 2022 and short updates possible during mid-policy cycles. The event was also an opportunity for alternate network experts to share insights and to learn more about the work of core members who have participated in the network longer-term.

Event materials - Selected session slide presentations and videos have been uploaded for portal visitors. Network members receive additional follow up materials and news by email. A concise summary of the event with additional links is made available under 'Downloads' below. The event news headline was added to the January Cedefop newsletter.

Presentations - Day 1 

Session 1: Cross-sector governance and partnerships in lifelong guidance in Slovenia 

Cross-sector expert group for governing guidance in Slovenia (mandate and activities) - model of cooperation within legislation framework and beyond, Ema Perme (Ministry of Education, Science and Sport - Slovenia) 

Career guidance in primary and secondary schools „VšečKAM in GREM“, Karmen Vaupotič and Natalija Žunko (PRIZMA Foundation for the Improvement of Employment Possibilities, Slovenia) - Video

Short-cycle higher vocational colleges, Alicia Leonor Sauli Miklavčič (Association of Slovenian Higher Vocational Colleges,  Slovenia) - Video

Careers centre at the University of Ljubljana, Tamara Boh (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia) - Video on students - Video on employers

Public employment service, Julija Pirnat (Employment Service of Slovenia) - Video 1 - Video 2

Guidance in adult learning and education as a public service, Tanja Vilič Klenovšek (Slovenian Institute for Adult Education) - Video in Slovenian

Session 3:  Cedefop inputs (Cedefop and Careersnet members) 

CareersNet collection: Digital transitions – Rethinking career practitioner professionalism, Cynthia Harrison (Cedefop)

Practitioner's strategic competence and the transformative role of ICT in lefelong guidance, Raimo Vuorinen & Jaana Kettunen (Finland)

Skills for the green transition: implications from the European Green Deal, Stelina Chatzichristou (Cedefop)

Session 4: European-level initiatives supporting cooperation

EU strategy for the rights of persons with disabilities 2021-30 – Career guidance and partnerships, Susanne Kraatz (European Commission)

Recent initiatives and partnerships focus in EU policy related to career guidance, Aline Juerges (European Commission)

Presentations - Day 2 

Session 6: Update on cooperation and coordination for integrated approaches to support for careers and learning

Occupational qualification system: great potential in encouraging professional development in career guidance, Margit Rammo (Estonia)

Integrating career guidance in CVET policies and practices for adults in Greece: interesting examples and perspectives, Fotini Vlachaki (Greece)

Session 7: Looking ahead at 2022-23

Cedefop study on Individual learning accounts (ILAs) and the potential for integrated policies and systems for CVET/AL, Patrycja Lipinska, Ernesto Villalba, Cynthia Harrison (Cedefop)

Towards European standards for monitoring and evaluation of lifelong guidance systems and services, Ernesto Villalba (Cedefop)

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EU 2020+ policy draws attention to the need for ensuring the quality of career services. Monitoring and evaluation (Μ&Ε) of lifelong guidance and career development services for adults remains an area to develop, particularly as career services can contribute to. 

The virtual workshop invited European and international experts, researchers and stakeholders working in the lifelong guidance policy field, particularly experts in monitoring and evaluation at different levels of the system, in public policy research and policymaking, guidance providers, programme facilitators, and career counselling trainers and others.

The main objective was to exchange and generate new knowledge for supporting national efforts in monitoring and evaluation and quality assurance, in building the evidence base on individual and social outcomes of interventions and promoting solid approaches to monitoring and evaluation in career guidance. In particular, focus was on discussing current research trends and national practices in career services, and the methodological options for evaluating the outcomes and impacts of career development support services and measures for adults (18+), in a lifelong learning perspective.

The event was an opportunity for authors of six research papers to present their findings from the recently published collection of working papers and to present ongoing work by Cedefop, including a study conducted on the topic. Group discussions in breakout rooms focused on an accompanying draft framework comprising elements targeted for monitoring and linked potential indicators.  Participants debated the scope for agreement in working towards minimum standards for monitoring and evaluation that can apply nationally, across guidance sectors, particularly those serving adults.

The study presented seeks to learn which approaches combine towards achieving an integrated vision of the results of career development measures and activities. 

The workshop was restricted and by invitation only. A larger follow up event is envisioned once the final report is published, reflecting new national developments and research in the field.  

News headline on the event can be found here.

Presentations – Day 1

Session 1: System level perspective – Holistic approaches to monitoring and evaluation 

Exploring the potential of a systemic approach for monitoring and evaluating career guidance systems and services, Raimo Vuorinen and Jaana Kettunen (Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

Towards a general framework of evaluation of career counselling services: the Polish case, Jerzy Bielecki, Tomasz Płachecki and  Jędrzej Stasiowski, (Educational Research Institute, Warsaw, Poland)

Session 2: Monitoring person-centred approaches and rates of return

Lessons from person-centred adult educational guidance services in Ireland, Petra Elftorp (University of Limerick, Ireland) and Mary Stokes (National Centre for Guidance in Education, Ireland)

Lifelong guidance and welfare to work in Wales: linked return on investment methodology, Chris Percy (University of Derby, UK) and Deirdre Hughes (DMH Associates & Associate Fellow, University of Warwick IER, UK)

Session 3: The importance of practitioners and guidance processes

Monitoring and evaluating the German lifelong guidance programme: a proposal in the context of the professionalisation of guidance counsellors, Peter C. Weber (University of Applied Labour Studies, Mannheim, Germany)

Towards more effective career guidance processes: the CREAR digital tool for improving client-oriented interventions, Helena Kasurinen (HK Career guidance and consulting Ltd, Finland) and Mika Launikari (Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland)
 

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