Few companies are adapting their human resource practices to the ageing of the workforce. What can policy-makers do to encourage workers, employers and educators to take action? Last week's international seminar in Brussels, jointly organised by Cedefop and the European Commission, examined...
Cedefop’s recent research paper, Migrants, minorities, mismatch? Skill mismatch among migrants and ethnic minorities in Europe shows that migrants from outside the European Union - over half of the total migrant population of 6.8% of the employed population of the EU – typically find jobs...
A monthly selection of publications on vocational education and training.
The latest in Cedefop's series of descriptions of national VET systems summarises Poland's socioeconomic background and planned reforms and explains how vocational education and training is currently organised for young people and for adults.
Do we share a common language on training issues? For the EU-27, with its current 501 million citizens and single labour market, such questions are hardly academic: common understanding leads to common trust. The multilingual (DE,EN,FR) glossary attempts to make this understanding easier.
How far has Europe come in coordinating guidance policy, and improving access to guidance services and career management skills? A policy review (2007-2010) identifies improvements and remaining challenges.
This research paper, covering 13 countries and six sectors, examines the kind of higher qualifications that are currently offered within vocational education, including their features, governance patterns, and degree of academisation.
In the EU in 2009, EUR 27.6 billion were invested in training as the most important and most reinforced public measure for helping individuals with difficulties on the labour market.
Are migrants and ethnic minorities more likely than the general population to face a mismatch between the skills they offer and those the labour market requires? If so, what form is this mismatch likely to take? A Cedefop research paper investigates.
Poland, the Member State which holds the EU Council Presidency in the second half of 2011, is introducing major reforms in vocational education. The focus is on improving quality and relevance in order to make the system more flexible and more responsive to labour market needs.
In the first quarter of 2011, the youth unemployment rate in the Netherlands was 7.4 %, i.e. lower than in all other Member States of the European Union (EU).
A bilateral project called ‘5L – Enhancement of Lifelong Learning Cross-Border Capacity’ (No. LLII–102) was initiated in January 2010 and concluded with the final conference on 3 June 2011. The abbreviation ‘5L’ means ‘Lifelong Learning in Latvia and Lithuania’.
A growing part of 18 to 25-year-olds embark on a study in higher vocational education (hbo) or university (wo).
Improving the standing of vocational and technical education and devising ways to link vocational education and training (VET) and higher education in Europe has been a major concern since the early 2000s. Indeed, education, training and lifelong learning play a key role in the achievement of...
Diversification of in-company vocational education as a strategy for securing the skilled workforce
In March 2011, the Federal Government published a draft bill for a law to improve the assessment and recognition of foreign vocational and professional qualifications.
Germany's anticipated shortage of skilled workers is a very talked-about subject - and is already reality in some sectors and regions of the country.
The proportion of school-drop-outs in the Netherlands over the period 2001-2010 was reduced from 15 to 10 percent.
Cedefop’s medium-term priorities set out the main areas of the Centre’s work in 2012-2014, including how it will support the modernisation of vocational training streams, its skills forecasting activities and its focus on adult and work-based learning.
The second application round to participate in study visits for educational and vocational specialists between March and June 2012 is closing at 12 noon Central European Time on 14 October 2011.
The unemployment rate among those aged between 16 and 24 years in the EU27 is twice as high as the overall rate. To address this problem, and discuss how the EU agencies can contribute to its solution, four agencies – Cedefop, EU-OSHA, ETF and Eurofound – who deal with related labour market...