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Objectives

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The external evaluation aims to:

  1. investigate the employability prospects of MIEEK graduates;
  2. investigate the extent of MIEEK graduate satisfaction and use of acquired skills in the labour market and in society in general;
  3. ensure that labour market intelligence is accompanied by a rapid yet effective and flexible learning provision;
  4. assess employers’ who employ MIEEK graduate satisfaction by their performance;
  5. assess adequacy of training infrastructure, curricula and pedagogical methods...

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The contractor, in the context of the implementation of the contract, is expected to examine various factors and, more specifically, to produce:

  1. a study on the relation of study programmes to labour market needs: existing specialisations are to be assessed in terms of their relevance to the labour market. The contractor should also produce an analysis on the employability rates of MIEEK graduates;
  2. an evaluation report on the adequacy of the curriculum (and the overall teaching design)...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth (MESY)
ID number
44730
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Cyprus Practical measure/Initiative

Objectives

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To provide the opportunity for individuals to have their knowledge assessed and certified, according to a pre-set competence standard.

Description

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The System of vocational qualifications (SVQ) is based on Vocational qualification standards (VQS) developed by the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA) with the assistance of vocational qualifications technical committees. The SVQ assesses in real or simulated working conditions the ability of a person to carry out specific tasks according to a VQS. At the same time, the SVQ sets out the framework for the design and development of training activities to prepare the...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA)
ID number
44710
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Cyprus Practical measure/Initiative

Objectives

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To bring former students together, in order to maintain links with their school and fellow graduates through an online community platform.

Description

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The online alumni community platform is a network of graduates from all the pathways offered by the Department of Secondary Technical and Vocational Education and Training. It will give VET graduates the opportunity to stay engaged with the department. Through networking and professional development opportunities, graduates will participate in and benefit from career insights and advice from other alumni and career professionals. Alumni can benefit from continuing education opportunities,...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth (MESY)
ID number
44702
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Cyprus Practical measure/Initiative

Objectives

Goals and objectives of the policy development.

The objectives are:

  1. teaching provision in specific subjects;
  2. the offer of services according to the content and schedule of each study programme;
  3. the preparation of examination material and assessment of student performance.

Description

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MIEEK offer programmes of study that cover growing sectors of the economy, aiming to meet the high demand in the labour market for modern occupations. Therefore, there is a great need for cooperation with instructors from industry with knowledge of specific subjects compatible with the requirements of each sector: there are subjects relevant to the study programmes, Culinary arts, Maritime studies, Computer and communication networks, Electrical installations, and Organic crops. To provide...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth (MESY)
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (MoECSY) (until 2022)
ID number
44698
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Cyprus Practical measure/Initiative

Objectives

Goals and objectives of the policy development.

The schemes aim to provide re- and upskilling opportunities for the unemployed and the employed and train young people aged 15-29 who are not in education, employment, or training (ΝΕΕΤs) by 2027.The target for the programming period 2021-27 is for 2 800 persons to benefit from the NEET scheme and for 1 800 to benefit from the Individual learning accounts project.

Description

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The Cyprus operational programme THALIA 2021-27 includes two relevant HRDA actions.

Individual learning accounts (ILAs) provide credits to eligible groups of employed and unemployed individuals to attend training programmes and acquire new and/or upgrade existing knowledge and skills. They aim to promote lifelong learning by providing flexible upskilling opportunities and preventing social exclusion. Through ILAs, individuals gain access to training programmes on a broad range of issues...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA)
ID number
44696
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Cyprus Practical measure/Initiative

Objectives

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The objectives of the system for the assessment and accreditation of training providers are:

  1. to ensure that CVET providers and their facilities used in learning provision are of top quality;
  2. to ensure that the teaching and training staff has the necessary qualifications for offering quality services to learners.

Description

What/How/Who/For whom/When of the policy development in detail, explaining its activities and annual progress, main actors and target groups.

The system for the assessment and accreditation of training providers has been in place since 2016. The aim of the system is to assess natural and legal persons involved in the organisation and implementation of training activities or/and in the provision of infrastructure (e.g. facilities, equipment) for their implementation. The accreditation is compulsory for those who want to cooperate with the HRDA for the implementation of training activities. The system concerns vocational training...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA)
ID number
44694
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Cyprus Practical measure/Initiative

Objectives

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The objective is to upgrade and enrich the skillset of the employed, with beneficial consequences for the economy and society in general.

Description

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The activities, implemented by the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA) to meet the above aim, are as follows.

Single company training programmes in Cyprus

The scheme provides incentives to employers to design, organise and implement training programmes to meet the training needs of their staff. The design and organisation of the programmes is done by the enterprises according to the thematic priorities set by the HRDA, after consultation with social partners and other...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA)
ID number
44663
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Cyprus Practical measure/Initiative

Objectives

Goals and objectives of the policy development.

The objectives of the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA) include:

  1. the integration of the unemployed and inactive into employment, with focused training activities to support employability;
  2. to support work-based learning of unemployed and inactive individuals by placing them in companies /organisations to acquire work experience in a real working environment.

Description

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HRDA implements the following activities/schemes:

Scheme for the employment and training of tertiary education graduates

The scheme supports the enhancement of productivity and economic competitiveness of companies and organisations by providing incentives to them to employ and train young tertiary education graduates. At the same time, it helps to ensure the smooth integration of these graduates into suitable job positions. More precisely, the scheme provides incentives to companies to...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA)
ID number
44654
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Cyprus Practical measure/Initiative

Objectives

Goals and objectives of the policy development.

These training programmes aim to assist employed (public and private sector employees and the self-employed) and unemployed individuals in reskilling and/or upskilling by participating in training programmes implemented by accredited by HRDA vocational training centres (VTCs).

Description

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The four HRDA schemes included in the RRP are as follows.

Training programmes for the acquisition of digital skills

The scheme caters for the acquisition of new and/or upgrading existing digital skills in the Cyprus workforce (public and private sector employees, the self-employed and the unemployed), through participation in training programmes to be implemented by accredited VTCs. The target, for the period 2023-27 is to have 20 210 individuals participating in relevant training...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA)
ID number
44645
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Cyprus Practical measure/Initiative

Objectives

Goals and objectives of the policy development.

The objectives are the following:

  1. to improve the relevance of technical and vocational education and training (VET) to the needs of the labour market;
  2. to facilitate the transition from education to work;
  3. to improve the quality of VET by developing skills forecasting mechanisms, by updating curricula, and by further developing the apprenticeship system and work-based learning.

Description

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In 2014, the Department of Secondary Technical and Vocational Education and Training (STVET) started implementing the project Further development of technical and vocational education and training (under programming period 2014-20). The project continues with increased ESF+ funding (under the programming period 2021-27). The project covers all VET pathways falling under the authority of the Department of STVET: secondary technical and vocational education, evening schools of technical and...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth (MESY)
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (MoECSY) (until 2022)
  • Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) (until 2019)
ID number
44638
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Cyprus Strategy/Action plan

Objectives

Goals and objectives of the policy development.

The programme aspires to cultivate critical thinking among young people, contributing to their personal growth and wellbeing. At the same time, the workshops increase young people’s intelligence, creativity, as well as other skills that will be valuable in their daily lives and career development.

Description

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In 2017, the Youth Board of Cyprus decided to develop the Youth multicentres programme, leading to the STEAMers programme. Based on the international STEAM standards, the Youth Board launched at the end of 2017 a new series of workshops on robotics, photography, programming, arts, music and theatre.

The STEAMers programme offers workshops in the fields of robotics, photography, coding, art, music and drama. The workshops are conducted by experienced professional educators at the Youth...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Youth Board of Cyprus
ID number
44622
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Cyprus Practical measure/Initiative

Objectives

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To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the services provided, while reducing bureaucracy and operational and administrative costs.

Description

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The new integrated information technology system includes various subsystems such as an electronic archive, an accounting and human resource system, an internal portal, as well as the digital platform Hermes, covering the operational needs and all services provided by the HRDA using modern information communication technologies (ICT).

The system significantly enhances the utilisation of new information technologies by HRDA and at the same time contributes to promoting the use of ICT and...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA)
ID number
42109
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Cyprus Practical measure/Initiative

Objectives

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The Integrated student evaluation system (ISES) aims to:

  1. give emphasis to formative assessment and to diagnose student needs in relation to specific expected outcomes;
  2. facilitate the necessary education interventions for improvement (based on the early diagnosis of student needs);
  3. test and develop alternative forms of assessment/evaluation.

Description

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The Integrated student evaluation system (ISES), which includes formative assessment and diagnosis of student needs, is in place since the 2019/20 academic year. Based on the operating regulations of secondary education, semester core exams have also been implemented.

Through actions compatible with the framework of teachers’ professional development on formative assessment, alternative forms of student evaluation and modern teaching methods, teachers are supported in implementing ISES.

...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth (MESY)
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (MoECSY) (until 2022)
ID number
42095
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Cyprus Practical measure/Initiative

Objectives

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The Digital competences development for educators (DCDE) programme aims to strengthen and further develop teachers’ digital competences in order to promote the effective use and integration of digital technologies in the teaching and learning process.

The intended outcomes of the programme are:

  • teachers should use online learning environments, electronic learning tools, open digital educational content and learning communities, in order to enhance their professional development and...

Description

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The Cyprus Pedagogical Institute (CPI) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (MoECSY) has introduced Digital competences development for educators (DCDE). The programme is offered through a distance-learning approach and methodology, utilising CPI’s e-learning environment. It consists of an introductory module and 10 learning modules with content on thematic areas that have been defined through a process of diagnosing the needs of teachers but also following European and...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Cyprus Pedagogical Institute (CPI)
  • Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth (MESY)
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (MoECSY) (until 2022)
ID number
39014
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Cyprus Practical measure/Initiative

Objectives

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To help contain the spread of COVID-19.

Description

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the physical presence of trainers in the classroom or training areas is no longer required, there is no obligation for the training programmes -provided to unemployed or employed individuals- to be carried out at a certified vocational training centre (VTC) or at the premises of the enterprise, while Internet connectivity and ability to use e-learning tools is a precondition for all participants (organiser, trainers, trainees).

For increased flexibility,...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA)
ID number
38951
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Cyprus Practical measure/Initiative

Objectives

Goals and objectives of the policy development.

The scheme has the following objectives:

  1. promote employment and reduce unemployment by improving the employability of the unemployed;
  2. provide opportunities for the unemployed to enter/re-enter employment by upgrading existing or by acquiring new knowledge and skills;
  3. encourage organisations to offer suitable training programmes to the unemployed.

Description

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The Special scheme for the vocational training of the unemployed in organisations of the public and broader public sector, local government authorities, non-governmental organisations and non-profit institutions, caters for the vocational training and work experience of unemployed individuals and is part of HRDA’s activities for the integration of the unemployed and inactive persons in employment . The scheme also provides opportunities to organisations to utilise human resources through the...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA)
ID number
38947
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Cyprus Practical measure/Initiative

Objectives

Goals and objectives of the policy development.

The lifelong learning strategy the years 2021-27 aims to:

  1. assist national agencies and other bodies in Cyprus reaching the EU targets in relevant fields;
  2. improve efforts to upskill and reskill low-qualified and low-skilled adults and address the high percentage of unemployment among young people;
  3. have a beneficial effect on other groups such as early leavers, NEETs and migrants/refugees. The implementation of a variety of learning opportunities is anticipated to enrich knowledge, skills...

Description

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The development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the lifelong learning strategy 2021-27 is under the authority of the education ministry, and is internally coordinated by the European and International Affairs, Lifelong Learning and Adult Education Office..

The monitoring of policies and actions included in the lifelong learning strategy are mandated to the national and the technical lifelong learning committees. Representatives from various stakeholders, including the...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth (MESY)
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (MoECSY) (until 2022)
  • Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) (until 2019)
ID number
35466
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Cyprus Regulation/Legislation

Objectives

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Youth makerspace Larnaka offers a physical venue and technological equipment which enables young people to meet, explore, create, invent, share and learn. The venue aims to encourage and promote youth creativity and to operate as a creative hub, where young people can enhance their technological, social and entrepreneurial skills. It also aims to develop youth socialisation, offering the young people of Larnaka and Cyprus access to a space for inspiration, communication and high-end...

Description

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Youth makerspace Larnaka is a venue of innovation, built upon the example of similar successful venues that operate in various cities around the world, following the international standards of equivalent makerspaces. It offers young people access to high-end technological equipment that may support them to develop and put into practice their business ideas. The wide variety of advanced technological equipment is available to young people free of charge. The makerspace helps children and...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Youth Board of Cyprus
ID number
35465
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Cyprus Practical measure/Initiative

Objectives

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To offer, via its four pillars of action, to young people of different ages and different needs, guidance and personal development opportunities.

Description

What/How/Who/For whom/When of the policy development in detail, explaining its activities and annual progress, main actors and target groups.

The four pillars of action of the service are:

Personalised guidance from career counsellors and expert career guidance: each young person can arrange a personal appointment with a counsellor so that he/she can receive personalised counselling. Appointments are carried out at all youth information centres in all five districts in Cyprus;

Skills testing

This is an important tool that can lead young people to self-knowledge and guide them to the most appropriate choice of field of study and...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Youth Board of Cyprus
ID number
35460
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Cyprus Practical measure/Initiative

Description

What/How/Who/For whom/When of the policy development in detail, explaining its activities and annual progress, main actors and target groups.

A strategic plan for technical and vocational education and training was approved in April 2015 (2015-20). It aims to reform the public VET system. The plan was set up by the Department of Secondary Technical and Vocational Education and Training (STVET) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (MoECSY). It sets the further development of the quality and competences of VET teachers as a priority. Practical workshops were planned on modern teaching methods aimed at updating VET...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (MoECSY) (until 2022)
  • Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) (until 2019)
ID number
28830
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Cyprus Strategy/Action plan

Description

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In vocational training centres for adult learning (which provide mainly non-formal programmes), trainers involved in continuing training subsidised by the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA) must, since 2015, obtain the certificate for vocational qualification 'vocational trainer - level 5' (level 5 of the Cyprus Qualifications framework and the EQF). The assessment criteria are related to the applicant's ability to identify the training needs, and design, carry out and...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA)
ID number
28090
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Cyprus Regulation/Legislation

Objectives

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The in-service training programme for school leaders mainly focuses on supporting newly promoted headteachers’ and deputy headteachers’ professional development. The aim of the programmes is to help headteachers become effective leaders and agents of change for their schools. The in-service training programme for school leaders promotes comprehensive school leadership content, based both on the policy of the European Union for school leadership and on recent scientific developments in...

Description

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In 2016, 15 newly promoted headteachers and 59 deputy headteachers of secondary general and technical schools successfully completed in-service training programmes for newly promoted headteachers and deputy headteachers. In the school year 2017/18, 14 newly promoted headteachers of secondary general and technical schools successfully completed the programme.

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (MoECSY) (until 2022)
  • Cyprus Pedagogical Institute (CPI)
  • Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) (until 2019)
ID number
28089
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Cyprus Practical measure/Initiative

Description

What/How/Who/For whom/When of the policy development in detail, explaining its activities and annual progress, main actors and target groups.

Since 2015, and partly also due to the 2015-20 strategic plan for technical and vocational education and training, a framework for teachers professional learning (TPL) is implemented (following adoption by the Council of Ministers). This framework for TPL includes VET teachers and sets principles for continuing professional development (CPD). According to this framework, CPD becomes systematic, addressed to all teachers, and targeted to both teacher and school needs. This decision also tasks...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Cyprus Pedagogical Institute (CPI)
  • Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth (MESY)
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (MoECSY) (until 2022)
  • Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) (until 2019)
ID number
28088
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Cyprus Regulation/Legislation

Description

What/How/Who/For whom/When of the policy development in detail, explaining its activities and annual progress, main actors and target groups.

A law designed to make teacher recruitment more effective was adopted in July 2015. Teacher appointments have since then been based on:

  • examination results;
  • extra qualifications;
  • seniority.

The new teacher recruitment system applies to VET teachers (VET school teachers are referred to as 'trainers' in the national context). Improving the quality and competences of teachers and trainers through specialised training programmes is one of the main measures of the strategic plan for...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (MoECSY) (until 2022)
  • Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) (until 2019)
ID number
28087
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Cyprus Regulation/Legislation

Description

What/How/Who/For whom/When of the policy development in detail, explaining its activities and annual progress, main actors and target groups.

The mission of this programme was to support young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs) aged 15 to 29 and wanted to undertake entrepreneurship initiatives. The programme promoted the development of business culture among young people in Cyprus. Through this supporting mechanism, young people with limited knowledge and networks were given the opportunity to discover their business potential, develop viable businesses and create decent working conditions for...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Youth Board of Cyprus
ID number
28086
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Cyprus Practical measure/Initiative

Objectives

Goals and objectives of the policy development.

The primary objective is to improve digital skills at national level (Cyprus). Secondary objectives are:

  1. to improve productivity in private and public sectors;
  2. to aid the entrance in the labour market of unemployed people;
  3. to assist senior citizens to make the most of the digital world in their daily routines.

Description

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Since 2017, the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA) is including the acquisition of basic digital skills for employees over the age of 35 in the single- and multi-company training programmes that it subsidises. Both schemes aim at providing continuing training to meet the training needs of employees as well as the unemployed who are registered with PES (i.e., in multi-company training programmes). The Cyprus Productivity Centre (CPC) of the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA)
  • Cyprus Productivity Centre (CPC)
  • Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy
ID number
28085
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Cyprus Practical measure/Initiative

Description

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Since 2015, following the recommendations of the 2015-20 strategic plan for technical and vocational education and training, curricula include foreign languages, entrepreneurial skills, maths, science/technology, digital skills, and learning to learn competences along with career management skills, numeracy and literacy. To promote cultural expression, music is a compulsory subject in the first year of studies in secondary VET and optional for the second and third year. These developments...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth (MESY)
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (MoECSY) (until 2022)
  • Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) (until 2019)
ID number
28084
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Cyprus Practical measure/Initiative

Description

What/How/Who/For whom/When of the policy development in detail, explaining its activities and annual progress, main actors and target groups.

Since the academic year 2016/17, to make secondary technical and vocational education (STVE) more attractive and responsive to labour market needs, new STVE fields of study and specialisations are introduced. These specialisations include natural gas transmission and distribution, renewable energy sources, digital technology and programming, and industrial design. Relevant curricula contain the study fields that are included in the 2015-20 strategic plan and are compatible with the VET...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth (MESY)
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (MoECSY) (until 2022)
  • Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) (until 2019)
ID number
28083
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Cyprus Regulation/Legislation

Objectives

Goals and objectives of the policy development.

To train or retrain unemployed people of all ages in a range of technical vocations, aiming towards improving their employability.

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Since 24 April 2018, fast-track initial vocational training programmes for the unemployed in technical professions are in place by the Cyprus Productivity Centre (CPC). Candidates undergo an assessment of their technical skills and a personal interview. Participation is free of charge. The activity is in full-scale implementation stage. However, a major issue is the lack of funding for establishing any sort of training allowance for the participants of the programmes. As a result, the demand...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Cyprus Productivity Centre (CPC)
ID number
28082
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Cyprus Practical measure/Initiative

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The education ministry is coordinating the implementation of the project 'Establishing a mechanism for the validation of non-formal and informal learning'. The project is jointly funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Republic of Cyprus. This project has supported a mapping study of the current situation in Cyprus on the validation of non-formal and informal learning. Based on this mapping study, an overall National action plan for the creation of mechanisms for the validation of...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth (MESY)
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (MoECSY) (until 2022)
  • Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) (until 2019)
ID number
28081
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Cyprus Regulation/Legislation

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The CyQF was referenced to the EQF in February 2017. A more thorough analysis of the System of Vocational Qualifications (SVQ) and how it is connected with formal education was presented to the EQF advisory group. The CyQF booklet, which provides full information on the CyQF and its social benefits, was prepared and circulated to all stakeholders. The implementation of the CyQF is progressing smoothly. The referencing report will be updated when there are changes in the Cyprus education...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (MoECSY) (until 2022)
  • Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) (until 2019)
ID number
28080
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Cyprus Regulation/Legislation

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On 18 May 2017, the Council of Ministers approved the establishment of the National Qualifications Authority, with the mandate to:

  • further improve quality assurance systems in education and training;
  • monitor and integrate in the CyQF the scheme for the validation of non-formal and informal learning after its completion;
  • monitor the CyQF/EQF levels on the certificates, diplomas and Europass documents;
  • further strengthen the legal aspect of CyQF;
  • develop a registry for the CyQF.

The...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (MoECSY) (until 2022)
  • Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) (until 2019)
  • Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth (MESY)
ID number
28079
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Cyprus Regulation/Legislation

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The 2015-20 strategic plan for technical and vocational education and training provides for all initial vocational education and training (IVET) and continuing vocational education and training (CVET) curricula under the remit of the education ministry to be modularised and to use ECVET points to improve permeability. Modularisation and ECVET, along with recognition of prior learning, are expected to ease the access of people who completed the apprenticeship system and VET lifelong learning...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth (MESY)
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (MoECSY) (until 2022)
  • Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) (until 2019)
ID number
28078
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Cyprus Regulation/Legislation

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The Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA) provides:

  1. 10-year employment forecasts every 2 to 3 years;
  2. an annual study on the identification of employment and training needs. This study provides estimates for the number of persons required for specific occupations and the needs for specific skills. Based on these estimates, suggestions are put forward for the implementation of training programmes. In the study, the views of social partners, other stakeholders and...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA)
ID number
28075
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Cyprus Practical measure/Initiative

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What/How/Who/For whom/When of the policy development in detail, explaining its activities and annual progress, main actors and target groups.

The 2015-20 strategic plan for technical and vocational education and training aims to set up a national monitoring system of initial vocational education and training (IVET) and continuing vocational education and training (CVET) graduates, to inform the upgrading of the VET system. The Department of Secondary Technical and Vocational Education and Training (DoSTVET) purchased services for the design and development of the platform. The platform is operational as of April 2019. It is called...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth (MESY)
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (MoECSY) (until 2022)
  • Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) (until 2019)
ID number
28074
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Cyprus Practical measure/Initiative

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What/How/Who/For whom/When of the policy development in detail, explaining its activities and annual progress, main actors and target groups.

From October 2016 to September 2018, the Erasmus+ project Apprenticeship helpdesk for small and medium sized enterprises in Cyprus (and Poland) aimed to build the capacity of key intermediary bodies to support those SMEs (small- and medium-sized enterprises) offering training places for apprentices. The need for this project derived from past experience, when the lack of support structures for enterprises deterred SMEs from offering apprenticeships. The main project goals were to:

  • set up...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (MoECSY) (until 2022)
  • Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) (until 2019)
ID number
28073
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Cyprus Practical measure/Initiative

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Based on the 2015-20 strategic plan for technical and vocational education and training, a proposal for upgrading the apprenticeship system, in cooperation with the apprenticeship board, was approved in August 2015. The reform affects both the preparatory and core programmes;

  • at preparatory apprenticeship level: to respond to the needs of students from different academic backgrounds, two different classes (A and B) are offered. Assessment criteria have been developed for students wishing...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (MoECSY) (until 2022)
  • Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) (until 2019)
ID number
28072
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Cyprus Practical measure/Initiative

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In December 2015, after consultation with employer organisations (the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Cyprus Employers and Industrialists Federation), the government decided to increase the work-based learning component (increased duration of industrial placements) of secondary technical vocational education and training (STVE) programmes. Further increasing cooperation between secondary technical vocational education and training and industry, enabling access to suitable...

Bodies responsible

This section lists main bodies that are responsible for the implementation of the policy development or for its specific parts or activities, as indicated in the regulatory acts. The responsibilities are usually explained in its description.
  • Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth (MESY)
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (MoECSY) (until 2022)
  • Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) (until 2019)
ID number
28071
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Cyprus Regulation/Legislation