Guiding principles point to the key role of trainers (tutors, instructors, mentors) in companies who ensure high quality work-based learning and the link between education and real working life. The stronger the link, the easier is job-seeking and skill matching to the needs of companies. Competent trainers also contribute to ensuring that students will stay in education, that young and older, employed and unemployed, will come back to learning.
Partnerships between education and training and social partners are not an option but inevitable to prevent skills mismatch and having people not in employment, education or training (NEETs), argued Cedefop Director James Calleja at the Greek EU Presidency’s flagship conference on vocational education and training (VET).
Teachers have an important role to play in the quality of schools. New (policy) initiatives are therefore regularly launched in the Netherlands to strengthen teachers’ professionalism.
Participants in Cedefop’s conference on tackling skills mismatch agreed that Europe needs to implement policy initiatives on developing work-based learning as an answer to rising youth unemployment.