At a European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE) conference, at Wembley Stadium in London, Cedefop Director James Calleja proposed a joint activity on vocational education and training (VET) and mobility of the sport and active leisure sector and the international financial services sector based on a common model of governance to support the use of European tools and policies related to VET, skills and qualifications.
Cedefop’s priorities and objectives and the Europass platform were presented at a workshop organised by Greece’s state scholarship foundation (IKY) and the national agency for the Erasmus+ programme, on 19 February.
Eleven years after the first meeting on the creation of a credit transfer system for vocational education and training (ECVET), how committed are countries to applying VET credit transfer to their wider qualifications systems?
Cedefop’s work programme 2014 takes the final phase of the medium-term priorities 2012-14 into account in a European context of low economic recovery, high youth unemployment, skills needs and gaps and the overall European policy framework for education and training.
At a consultation meeting with social partners organised by the Greek national organisation for the certification of qualifications and vocational guidance (EOPPEP), Cedefop’s Head of Area Enhanced Cooperation in VET and lifelong learning Mara Brugia told participants that the Centre has worked with the Greek Education Ministry since 2008 to develop the Hellenic qualifications framework (HQF) and has contributed decisively to the progress achieved.
Cedefop Director James Calleja presented the Centre's achievements in 2013 and plans for 2014 at the European Parliament on 22 January. Mr Calleja stressed that all of Cedefop's activities ‘aim at emphasising the inescapable link between training, skills, qualifications and employability.’
Special issue dedicated to the ECVET annual Forum "Stay connected to implement ECVET", which was held in Prague on 13-14 June 2013.
There are solutions to the ‘worrying situation with millions of jobs in Europe still remaining vacant while 27 million people are unemployed,’ according to Cedefop Director James Calleja.
As national qualifications in Europe move closer to operation, policy integration becomes a key challenge.