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Cedefop Newsletter no. 16 - October 2011


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Learning while working: how skills development can be supported through workplace learning

The more highly qualified people are, the more likely they are to participate in learning activities. However, people also tend do less lifelong learning as they grow older, irrespective of their qualification levels. This is especially true in countries where overall participation in lifelong learning is low. This general pattern emerges from various surveys, even though the Continuing training and Adult education surveys suggest that participation is higher than the lifelong learning indicator shows (1). Older low qualified workers are especially difficult to reach, even though they need lifelong learning most. Almost 60 % of Europe’s 74 million low-qualified citizens are over 45 years old. This is a matter of concern, as most of the 2020 workforce is already on the labour market and qualification demands are rising even in elementary occupations.


News from Cedefop

Study visits – a beneficial learning experience for all

Study visits – a beneficial learning experience for all

Study visits are rewarding not only for participants but also for the organisers. A study visit is an opportunity for an organisation to boost staff motivation, become more international, raise its profile in the local community, demonstrate its achievements, and much else besides.
Investing in an ageing workforce – why and how?

Investing in an ageing workforce – why and how?

Demographic change in Europe will have a major impact on its society and economy, but few companies are actually adapting their human resource practices to the ageing of the workforce. Despite encouraging results from initiatives that show the value of investing in ageing workers, better access to and more participation in lifelong learning remain major challenges. What can policy-makers do to encourage workers, employers and educators to take action? What are the key factors in successful active ageing policies? Where are barriers to investment in an ageing workforce, and what is its potential?
Forecasting skills supply and demand: work in progress on new sets of data

Forecasting skills supply and demand: work in progress on new sets of data

A recent Skillsnet workshop has helped improve skills forecasting methodology by introducing new parameters for the break-down of results.

Green skills and environmental awareness – how will it affect jobs and vocational education and training?

In recent years, Cedefop has been investigating the skills and training needs generated by the development of the green economy. Now, a workshop held in London on 5 October 2011 has validated the first results of a study of the current and future skills and training needs of nine selected occupations affected by the development of a more resource-efficient economy.

OECD-Cedefop green skills forum - Call for papers


Multicultural Europe – Migrants in working life

How can we develop guidance policy, practice and research to help migrants throughout Europe enter the labour market? To find answers to this question, Cedefop organised a peer learning event on Labour market integration of immigrants in Europe – Implications for guidance policy, practice and research in Thessaloniki, Greece, on 29-30 September 2011.
More job openings for high-skilled workers

More job openings for high-skilled workers

Employment in high-skilled occupations is not only resisting the crisis but on the increase since 2008

News from the Member States

Items submitted by ReferNet, Cedefop’s European network for VET

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EU Policy


Attitudes towards vocational education and training

Eurobarometer report

Transferability of Skills across Economic Sectors

Role and Importance for Employment at European Level

Report: Study in the EU difficult for foreign students


Internationalisation of education in the EU and its member countries: developments, trends and opportunities


Communication on EU Policies and Volunteering

Recognising and Promoting Cross-border Voluntary Activities in the EU

Supporting growth and jobs – an agenda for the modernisation of Europe's higher education systems


The role of voluntary activities in social policy – Council conclusions


Managing demographic challenges through better reconciliation of work and family life - Council Conclusions


Social partners in vocational education and training

ETF Yearbook 2011

Energy Education Resources - ManagEnergy Education Corner

Energy education resources



Innovation and learning in enterprises


  10/11/2011 to 11/11/2011     Mediterranean Palace Hotel , Thessaloniki, Greece

Skills anticipation and matching:


  14/11/2011 to 15/11/2011     Athens, Greece

Effective policies for the development of competencies of youth in Europe


  16/11/2011 to 18/11/2011     Warsaw, Poland

European Employment Forum - a perspective on the new labour market reality


  22/11/2011 to 23/11/2011     Brussels, Belgium

The role of the Social Partners in implementing European tools and principles


  24/11/2011 to 25/11/2011     European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

Online Educa Berlin 2011


  30/11/2011 to 02/12/2011     Berlin, Germany