EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou, who will attend Cedefop’s conference on tackling skill mismatch through work-based learning and apprenticeships (12-13 June 2013, Thessaloniki, Greece), talks about the latest European initiatives to alleviate youth unemployment and refocus education and training.
Europe’s deep financial and economic crisis has worsened the mismatch between skills people have and those the labour market wants. EU Member States struggle with high unemployment, shrinking GDP and budget constraints. Yet difficult circumstances can also bring opportunities for bold change and action. Cedefop will explore these opportunities at a conference on 12 and 13 June.
Cedefop has just published online its latest data examining possible labour market trends up to 2020 across the European Union, as well as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.
Mismatch between skills people have and those wanted by the labour market is costly for economies and societies. Productivity is lowered and competitiveness lost. And unfilled vacancies coincide with high unemployment!
Cedefop is pleased to be involved in Thessaloniki's ambitious plan to improve lifelong learning and skills development in the municipality. At a press conference held on 26 March, Mayor Yannis Boutaris and Cedefop’s Acting Director Christian Lettmayr announced that the two bodies will be working together to improve links between vocational training and labour market needs.
Cedefop, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training of the European Union, and the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, the only state-run museum for photography, overseen by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, invite photographers to take part in the 4th Cedefop Photomuseum Award, which is being organised in connection with the PhotoBiennale 2012 / 22nd International Photography Meeting (exhibitions, portfolio reviews, screenings, masterclasses, colloquia).
Study visits are rewarding not only for participants but also for the organisers. A study visit is an opportunity for an organisation to boost staff motivation, become more international, raise its profile in the local community, demonstrate its achievements, and much else besides.
How can we develop guidance policy, practice and research to help migrants throughout Europe enter the labour market? To find answers to this question, Cedefop organised a peer learning event on Labour market integration of immigrants in Europe – Implications for guidance policy, practice and research in Thessaloniki, Greece, on 29-30 September 2011.
The European Inventory 2010 provides a unique record on how validation is already being used at national, regional and local level to address issues relating to lifelong learning, employment and social exclusion.