One of the Government’s strategic choices is to upscale vocational education and training (VET) from the status of a forced solution for few, to a conscious choice and employment tool for many. This choice is directly linked to the country's economic recovery.
The next steps of the apprenticeship reform currently being implemented aim to support employers offering new apprenticeships based on revised standards.
Moving forward the national strategy to reform vocational school and increase attractiveness of professional qualifications, 2019 legislation regulates the conditions for, and eases recognition of, mobility periods abroad.
Data from a 2019 monitoring report show that apprenticeship for vocational qualifications and diplomas, upper secondary education diplomas and high technical specialisation certificates (Type 1 apprenticeship) continues its growing trend in 2017 (+22%).
During the academic year 2018/19, the Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC) ran a continuous professional development (CPD) pilot session to increase counsellors’ awareness of the full range of options open to those completing upper secondary school as well as adult learners, with particular focus on work-based learning choices, such as apprenticeship and traineeship.
Ireland’s apprenticeship council and the Electricity Supply Board (ESB – Ireland’s State-owned electricity supply company) launched the ‘Taster Times’ event in March 2019.
The law of 5 September 2018 on the freedom to choose one’s professional future creates for the first time the possibility for French companies to open an internal apprenticeship training centre.
Funding is a major issue in participation in continuing education and training. The German Government decided to expand public funding for VET students who want to acquire higher VET qualifications, i.e. VET at tertiary education level. The amendments of the Upgrading Training Assistance Act (AFBG) will come into force on 1st of August 2020.
A new electronic platform for data collection on transition and employability of IVET and CVET graduates was recently developed by the department of Secondary Technical and Vocational Education and Training (Cyprus’ education ministry).
The ‘shop-school’ S.Kool has been hosting its second edition since the end of October. 10 new apprentice salespeople hope to launch their career through an innovative arrangement combining theoretical training and practical application in a Brussels concept store.