The National Skills Strategy, launched in June 2019, responds to a steadily changing world of work by promoting a new training culture, which sees occupational CVET as a lifelong necessity. Two years later, an implementation report looking into the measures taken so far finds that three quarters of the agreements have already been implemented or their implementation is underway.
The study System participation of trade unions in the area of apprenticeship: opportunities and threats in the time of digitalization, published at the end of 2020, outlines opportunities and threats of trade union participation in vocational education and training (VET).
A recently published collection of papers by Cedefop’s community of apprenticeship experts provides a useful tool for planning targeted, effective and efficient reforms in apprenticeship governance across Europe.
Since the start of the implementation of the Flemish qualifications framework in 2011, over 500 professional qualifications have been developed. They form the basis for recognised vocational education, training, and recognition of acquired competences (RAC) pathways, providing a widely supported and unambiguous frame of reference for lifelong learning.
A new agreement was adopted to make the Swedish labour market more flexible; it includes significant funding for continuous professional development (CPD) and retraining for workers. ‘This is the largest labour market reform in modern times’, said Minister for Employment, Eva Nordmark when the proposals were presented in a press conference on 7 June 2021.
During her internship in Naturalis, the natural history museum in Leiden, 18-year-old VET student Noortje Looijenga discovered a new butterfly species. Noortje, a second-grade student in applied biology, has a long-standing interest in butterflies.
The Irish government recently launched the Economic recovery plan 2021 for rapid job creation and economic growth after the pandemic
Commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Research, a study was recently completed on the international experiences of using micro-qualifications and their application possibilities in the Estonian education and training system. Among European countries, the Irish and French systems were explored. Supporting smooth transitions between levels and types of education is one of the three strategic goals of Estonia's education strategy for 2035. It foresees creating opportunities for learners to acquire education consisting of smaller parts (so-called learning bites or micro-qualifications) according to their needs and abilities.
The highlight of the Skillsnet e-bulletin's May-January 2021 issue is the joint visit by European Commission Vice President Schinas and Commissioner Schmit.
The September 2021 issue of Skillset and match, Cedefop’s magazine promoting learning for work, is now available to read and download.
Cedefop Executive Director Jürgen Siebel shared insights from the agency’s work regarding digital upskilling and reskilling in the European Union at a roundtable discussion organised by the Greek Ministry of Digital Governance on 11 September, in the context of the 85th Thessaloniki International Fair.
A high-profile visit to Cedefop’s headquarters has highlighted the European Union’s determination to pursue policies that bring vocational education and training (VET) centre-stage as a crucial tool for Europe’s post-pandemic recovery.
High quality and inclusive continuing vocational education and training (CVET) is a priority for the next decade, and skills intelligence fit for the future is essential to achieve this goal.
A new Cedefop briefing note highlights the double demand from policies on vocational education and training (VET) qualifications: they must be relevant at national and local levels while also internationally comparable.
Effective career guidance helps individuals reach their potential, economies become more efficient and societies become fairer. This is the point driven home by a leaflet co-produced by Cedefop, marking World Youth Skills Day 2021.
Every year, NOKUT, the Norwegian agency for quality in higher education and upper secondary vocational education (nationally referred to as higher VET), conducts a survey among students about their study quality experience.
While facing the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the WorldSkills Croatia 2021 competition was held live from 11 to 13 May in Zagreb, Croatia, for over 300 IVET learners in 43 disciplines.
The Confederation of Portuguese farmers (CAP) carried out a study to identify the necessary key competences and skills for the development of the agricultural sector, and create new, or critically review and update existing, qualifications standards in the national qualifications catalogue (CNQ).
The international project Validation of transversal skills across Europe (TRANSVAL-EU), jointly carried out by 16 European institutions, is an example of policy experimentation with all activities coordinated at ministerial level. The project results are intended to provide specific tools to support lifelong learning further, ease mobility and promote transparency of competences across sectors.