In June 2015 EU ministers in charge of VET of EU Member States acknowledged the importance of promoting responsive vocational education and training (VET) systems able to strengthen the international competitiveness of the labour force (Riga Conclusions 2015).
Consequently, national VET programmes and qualifications must be developed with a direct reference to global technological and economic requirements and developments.
The November Conference organised by Cedefop offers an opportunity to discuss the quality and relevance of VET in the context of globalisation. It will explore how globalisation influences the review and renewal of VET content and the way it is defined and described. It will look at the synergies and competition between European and International sectoral standards and qualifications with national ones.
The following questions will be addressed:
- How are national VET systems being influenced by global developments?
- How are different national VET systems dealing with the challenge of globalisation?
- Which economic sectors use international solutions and which do not?
- How far are international VET programmes and qualifications competing with national ones?
- Are international VET standards and curricula a way to go?
- How can national authorities benefit from the quality and standards of international sectors and qualifications?
- Can international sectors awarding international qualifications respond to national criteria establishing education and training programmes?
National perspectives and solutions on developing relations between the public sector, the sectoral bodies and multi‐national companies, will be discussed including mechanisms to recognise skills and qualifications that can assure quality and instill confidence. The role of economic sectors as ICT, welding, banking and finance, food and drink, automotive, social work in driving these developments will be given particular attention.
The event aims at discussing these and other issues and seeks to illustrate how solutions need to be sought at the interface of local needs and global requirements.