On 14 February 2011, the Academic Information Centre organises a conference entitled "Referencing the Latvian education system to the European Qualifications Framework", in Riga, Latvia. The Academic Information Centre acts as the National Coordination Point for referencing the...
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During the adult education week, on 19 November 2010, the Lithuanian Association of Adult Education (LAAE) organised a videoconference devoted to the quality of non-formal and informal adult education.
The European Parliament is hosting an exhibition on the work and impact of the decentralised agencies of the European Union throughout this week.
In this context, Cedefop is organising a joint event with eight other decentralised EU agencies working in the fields of education, business and...
Modular training programmes contribute to enhance the accessibility and attractiveness of vocational education and training (VET) as well as to promote its flexibility.
The Internet is widely, and increasingly, consulted for self-directed learning, and for offers in education and training. But participation in online courses is still not common, and only rising slowly.
The programme for developing a lifelong guidance system in Hungary is part of the Social Renewal Operational Programme. The overall objective is to further develop career guidance and information tools available for all parties concerned and, as a result, to increase the labour market efficiency...
In 2010, the Institute for Economic and Enterprise Research of the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Magyar Kereskedelmi és Iparkamara, Gazdaság- és Vállalkozáskutató Intézet) conducted its third research on vocational schools in the country.
In the 1990s, links between VET schools and enterprises were broken because of, the dramatic restructuring of the national economy after the collapse of the command economy. Old institutional relations were broken and new ones were hard to establish. In the 2000s, a gradual economic revival...
The “Noor Meister (Young Master) 2010” skills competition in 10 specialties took place on 2 and 3 December 2010 as part of the Information Seminar “Teeviit” (Road Sign).
During the first week of November, the Foundation for Integration and Migration “Our People” (MISA) celebrated the successful conclusion of the work exchange programme.
Over a two-year period, of the Foundation for Integration and Migration ‘Our People’ (MISA) gathered proposals from all VET colleges on how to improve the complementary Estonian language teaching for students whose mother tongue is not Estonian.
Transfer to output-based curricula will also bring along changes in evaluation.
The past year was a very busy one for Cedefop. Among other things, the Centre published, in its latest policy report (A bridge to the future) an assessment of the Copenhagen process (2002-10); completed a study on green skills in cooperation with the ILO (Skills for green jobs); updated its...
Cedefop’s achievements in 2010 and plans for 2011
The Czech Ministry of Education, in cooperation with the National Institute for Technical and Vocational Education, has been working on a gradual reform of final examinations that aims at increasing the quality of vocational programmes at upper secondary level.
A National Public Employment Service Decision to subsidise national-level training plans intended primarily for employed workers was implemented in 2010.
The Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA) has conducted a study entitled Identification of green skill needs in the Cyprus economy 2010-2013.
A recently published report provides a unique overview of the supply of skills to the Irish labour market from the formal education and training system.
The Icelandic Parliament passed an Act on continuous education in the spring of 2010. Since then, the process of writing relevant regulations has been ongoing and it is expected that it will be finalised in the beginning of 2011. In November 2010, the Act was formally introduced to all relevant...
The report entitled 'Evaluating active ageing policies in Italy: an innovative methodological framework' is the outcome of a project financed by the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities.
Changes are likely in the sectoral and skills mix of employment, according to an occupational forecast for the Irish economy for 2015.
Ireland has a wide range of VET provision targeted at different client groups, including those in and out of work and those looking for second chance opportunities, according to a recent OECD review.
Malta has been at the forefront in implementing reforms at national level to reflect developments taking place at European Level.
The Malta Qualifications Council is currently spearheading the development of a new tool for the validation of informal and non-formal learning which can be used for the validation of learning in different business sectors as well as across Europe.
Europe is rich in history and culture! With the strengthening of the European dimension, there is greater awareness for the need to conserve such heritage from the effects of nature such that future generations will be able to enjoy and appreciate Europe’s heritage. This requires many workers...
EURO-PROF which had its constitutional meeting in November 2009, is taking action to improve the situation of national schools and institutions for vocational education by promoting transnational cooperation.
The provision of long-term employment forecasts in sectors of economic activity and occupations is an established activity of the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA).
ECVET, the European credit system for vocational education and training, is closely related to the need for increased permeability in education and training, wider recognition of prior learning, and the ‘Europeanisation’ of learning pathways. A working paper takes a closer look at how this...
Qualifications fulfil many functions: they serve to signal an individual’s personal, social and professional status, but they also control access to education, training and the labour market. Moreover, these functions change in line with wider social changes. But how does this process take place...
Since 2004, Cedefop has monitored progress across Europe on the goals agreed within the Copenhagen process. In its policy reports, it analyses measures taken and reviews good practices. The latest report provided the groundwork for the Bruges Communiqué.
Since 2009, Cedefop has been organising information events to reach out to the citizens of its host country, especially the education community. In December it updated local guidance professionals on recent developments concerning education and training across Europe. The main topic was how the...
Do outcome-oriented approaches to curricula promote or hinder inclusiveness in teaching and learning? And in what way are they learner-centered?
In almost all Member States, more than 40 % of enterprises considered the lack of relevant qualifications from education and /or training to be a key reason why vacancies for ICT specialist jobs were hard to fill.
„… to actually use my knowledge by working on a solution for a real-life problem was more useful to me than any exam…“ This is just one of many students’ statements who worked with Problem-Based Learning during their 2nd semester in Tourism Management Studies.