The Generation apprenticeship competition and campaign has been running since 2017. In December 2019, SOLAS hosted the first ever Generation apprenticeship employer of the year awards.
A one-year orientation programme for students finishing lower secondary education (grade 8) has been piloted since 2018/19. It focuses on acquiring basic competences necessary to make informed career choices.
The initiative is part of activities carried out under the national project 'Reducing the number of early school leavers in vocational training'. It included a nationwide survey by the Ministry for Innovation and Technology and the National Office of VET and adult learning in 2018/19 to assess basic competences of VET learners and provide them with customised support.
A long-standing demand for raising the quality of guidance provision in Greece had finally been fulfilled. The National Organisation for Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP), the responsible body of the education ministry, followed a specific procedure for the certification of the profession by setting professional standards and requirements for those working as career guidance counsellors.
Digital community creative workshops (DCCWs) are multifunctional spaces featuring the latest digital devices. They have already been set up in 19 VET centres; the DCCW network will expand to 40 vocational centres in 2020.
Cedefop’s ReferNet, the network of institutions which provides information on national vocational education and training (VET) systems and policies in the EU Member States, Iceland and Norway, welcomed its new and reappointed partners at its 17th annual plenary meeting, on 6 and 7 February in Thessaloniki.
The State Public Employment Service of Spain (SEPE), the State Foundation for Training in Employment (Fundae) and several large technology companies signed agreements in autumn 2019 to create an important package of training resources in digital skills, publicly available completely free of charge. The companies included Amazon, Cisco, Cloudera, everis, Accenture Foundation, Telefónica Foundation, Google, Huawei, IBM, LPI-Linux Professional Institute, Oracle, and SAP.
The shipping industry is one of the main pillars of the Cypriot economy, offering opportunities for a successful career. The education ministry has introduced new programmes for maritime occupations as of the school year 2019/20.
In November 2019, the Bulgarian economy ministry announced a new ICT database of employers who meet the requirements for offering places for work-based training (dual training system).
A report on the results of the first round of tracing the professional trajectories of VET graduates was published by the Educational Research Institute. This is the first study that provides information on VET students’ education experiences and their professional journey. The study aims to build a VET graduate tracking system.
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.
Speaking to the members of the European Parliament’s EMPL Committee on 28 January in Brussels, Cedefop Executive Director Jürgen Siebel urged the MEPs and experts present to think about sending their children to vocational education and training (VET). It’s a first choice, he said.
The Ministry for Education and Employment (MEDE) is launching ‘My journey: achieving through different paths’, a secondary school reform aiming to tackle early school leaving further and to provide a system for all learners by addressing their different learning aptitudes, intelligence and patterns.
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.