In the first half of 2014 results of the vocational training supply (OFP) survey were published by the Institute for the Development of Vocational Training for Workers (ISFOL). The survey assessed the regional vocational education and training (VET) offer with focus on structure, organisation, trends and dynamics. The survey also evaluated adequacy of local systems with labour marked needs and innovative aspects related to post-crisis scenarios.
Within the so-called long chain of job-oriented technical and vocational education and training (VET) a major role is played by recently-reformed higher technical education and training pathways (IFTS - Istruzione e formazione tecnica superiore). Alongside higher technical institutes (ITS - Istituti Tecnici Superiori), IFTS aim at strengthening technical and technological skills and know-how, while accounting for a relevant part of the national curriculum.
Results of the second survey on training and occupational outcomes of vocational education and training pathways in Italy (Seconda indagine nazionale sugli esiti occupazionali dei qualificati nei percorsi di IeFP) were published by the Institute for the Development of Vocational Training for Workers (ISFOL) in the first half of 2014.
Almost every third student leaves university without a degree. The German government and the crafts sector now want to sponsor pilot projects to ease access to vocational education and training (VET) for university dropouts.
In recent years, need for a shared up-to-date national vision of education has been growing in the Czech Republic. Existing strategic documents were insufficient and the national programme for development of education in Czech Republic (the ’white paper’) was adopted in 2001. Since then, the technological, economic and political context in which learning takes place, has undergone substantial changes, so that the Ministry of Education initiated preparations for a new comprehensive educational strategy.
On 26 November 2014 the first congress on non-formal education was held in Warsaw. The congress was an initiative of the Polish chamber of training companies and the Polish Agency of Entrepreneurship Development as well as 11 adult education institutions. It served as a platform for discussing non-formal education as a means to increase competence and innovativeness among Polish people.
In autumn 2014, the Lithuanian Minister for Education and Science approved two important action plans establishing directions for long-term development and financing of vocational education and training (VET) and non-formal adult education.
Since 2011, numbers of self-employed people under 30 years of age have risen steadily. This trend could well continue unabated despite the obstacles faced by self-employed people. Running a business requires specialist training which is not accessible for most budding entrepreneurs.
As part of the German education award 2014, TÜV SÜD Akademie and EuPD Research Sustainable Management have awarded the initiative's quality seal to 15 businesses of excellence.
Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT) and the APFT Maintenance Training (APFT) aviation school have just signed a contract for training aviation technicians in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The programme begins January 2015, and the companies estimate that in five years they will train 400 APFT students as European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)-qualified aircraft mechanics.