Since 2002, school trial projects have been carried out to reshape upper secondary education. One central aim is reduction of class repetition by offering individual learning support (Individuelle Lernbegleitung, ILB). Focus is on supporting pupils with learning difficultires, as well as on encouraging high performers.
In May 2013, the FormaForm training centre for trainers established its headquarters in a building in the Einstein science park in Louvain-la-Neuve. It is 30 kilometres south of Brussels, midway between the national capital and Namur, the capital of Wallonia.
Mascil (mathematics and science for life) is a project financed by the European Union’s seventh framework programme with the principle aim to promote enquiry-based mathematics and science teaching in primary and secondary schools, connect it with the world of work and encourage young Europeans’ interest in careers related to science and technology.
In a globalising world internationalisation and international competences are a basic factor for regional development. International competence can be strengthened through close cooperation at regional level and vocational education and training (VET) institutions play a key role in this.
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).