Tourism is a key employer of the EU economy providing easy employment access to vulnerable groups, such as women and migrants. Before the pandemic, the Spanish tourism industry accounted for over 12% of the gross domestic product (GPD) making Spain the second tourist destination in the world in 2018.
Reforming VET to increase its flexibility and attractiveness among learners and companies is currently being promoted in Lithuania. Its success depends largely on the quality of the activities provided by VET institutions and companies offering practical training. External quality assessment is part of the measures foreseen to support development of internal quality assurance systems based on VET institution community leadership, stakeholder involvement, results orientation and a systematic approach to quality management.
Since 2018, 21 partners from nine countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain) representing textile, clothing, leather and footwear (TCLF) industries, universities, VET providers and accreditation bodies have been implementing the ‘Skills4Smart TCLF Industries 2030’ project.
From the school year 2020/21 new financial incentive mechanisms are in place to boost the attractiveness of VET and raise the prestige of IVET institutions.
Cedefop and sister agency the European Training Foundation (ETF) have resumed virtually their regular knowledge-sharing seminars, after a break of one and a half years due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Learner voice in quality assurance of vocational education and training (VET) becomes stronger with the help of the Erasmus+ project EQAVET-NRP-RO (European quality assurance in VET national reference points) that runs in 59 VET schools and supports development of the methodology for collecting and analysing learner feedback.
National vocational education and training (VET) policy is currently focusing on green challenges. The draft education strategy 2021-27 makes green thinking and digital competences a priority.
The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) is one of the consortium partners developing a standardised practical toolkit to implement the European quality assurance framework for vocational education and training (EQAVET).
A new procedure for validation of non-formal and informal learning approved in 2021 supports individuals wishing to acquire a formal qualification.
The Guidelines for the interoperability of entitling bodies of the National system of certification of competences’ were adopted in Italy according to a decree issued by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies on 5 January 2021, in agreement with the Ministries of Education, of University and Research, of Public Administration and of Economy and Finance.