The success of current reforms in vocational education and training depends largely on the people responsible for transforming policy into practice. Cedefop’s latest working paper argues that we need to better understand how leadership can help implement reforms and secure the quality of...
Cedefop's conference at the European Parliament last week (24-25 November) examined the role and responsibilities of employers and trade unions in making the EU tools a reality for citizens.
The papers and presentations of the joint workshop (14-15 November 2011) are available on line.
Have the European tools improved learning, mobility and employment?
A joint Cedefop-European Parliament workshop (Brussels, 22 November 2011) looks into the stakeholder experiences with common tools such as Europass and the European Qualifications Framework.
Every year the Dutch Inspectorate of Education publishes the Annual Education Report on the state of education. This report outlines developments and key themes in Dutch education. The first chapter reflects on major developments and facets of education that are in need of improvement.
Thousands of Swedish teenagers have these past months not only started their upper secondary studies but also marked the beginning of a new reform. Adopted in 2010 the reform aims at increasing throughput and better adapting education programmes to requirements in different sectors and...
Romania’s government has adopted changes to the Labour Code, aiming at increasing flexibility for enterprises and weakening trade unions. Changes also impact vocational training at the workplace.
An overhaul of the VET system in Ireland is proposed in a comprehensive policy paper from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) which has also called for investment in key infrastructural projects to help boost job creation and economic growth.
A new education and training authority, SOLAS, is being established to replace FÁS-Training and Employment Authority. It is hoped the new agency will bring a more integrated approach to the provision of further education and training in Ireland which has been subject to a high degree of course...
In October 2011, the Icelandic Ministry of Education, Science and Culture for the first time allocated funds to workplaces for the training of apprentices.
In Iceland, young unemployed people are offered free education while still receiving unemployment benefits.
A drastic reduction in the number of qualified staff and specialists is a key problem in Bulgaria, hindering the development and functioning of entire sectors of the economy and social life spheres. These are the main conclusions of the project "Development and implementation of an...
The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) has introduced embedded learning, benefitting learners with negative school experiences.
One in six 18 to 24 year olds was neither in education nor employment in 2010.
The latest issue of ECVET Magazine is now available for download.
The main purpose of the Slovenian qualifications framework (SQF) is to integrate and harmonise the qualifications subsystems and enhance transparency, accessibility, progress and quality of qualifications in relation to the labour market and civil society.
The Polish Presidency started on 1 July 2011 and focuses on three priorities: European integration as a source of growth, secure Europe, and Europe benefits from openness.
To tackle the problem of the bottleneck economy, the labour markets in Belgium must expand to include workers over 50. The VDAB project Together into the breach for 50+ initially extends the availability of employment counselling from 50 to 52 and subsequently from 50 to 55 years of age.
The Flemish Ministers for Employment and Education have concluded a cooperation agreement with their Brussels counterpart, the Minister for Employment, to bolster interregional mobility among jobseekers between Brussels and Flanders.
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.
In recent years, Cedefop has been investigating the skills and training needs generated by the development of the green economy. Now, a workshop held in London on 5 October 2011 has validated the first results of a study of the current and future skills and training needs of nine selected...
The more highly qualified people are, the more likely they are to participate in learning activities. However, people also tend do less lifelong learning as they grow older, irrespective of their qualification levels. This is especially true in countries where overall participation in lifelong...
Demographic change in Europe will have a major impact on its society and economy, but few companies are actually adapting their human resource practices to the ageing of the workforce. Despite encouraging results from initiatives that show the value of investing in ageing workers, better access...
A recent Skillsnet workshop has helped improve skills forecasting methodology by introducing new parameters for the break-down of results.
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...