On 25 and 26 May, members of the country reviews steering groups from Malta, Lithuania, Greece, Italy and Slovenia met in Thessaloniki for a policy-learning exercise. They discussed apprenticeship schemes in their countries, bringing in different experiences and perspectives, and learned more on how the reviews work.
The economic crisis has hit young people particularly hard and more young people face increasing difficulties in setting their foothold into the labour market. Against this context, there is a broad consensus today among policy-makers, social partners and experts that apprenticeships can be an efficient solution to some of the present labour market imbalances and benefit both learners and employers.
By combining study and work, apprenticeships and work-based learning (WBL) can offer them an opportunity to acquire work experience while enhancing skills in close alignment with employer requirements. Because of their inherent relevance for the labour market, apprenticeships and work-based learning can help to reduce skills mismatch and ease transition from education to work.
A Cedefop delegation headed by Director James Calleja took part in a knowledge-sharing seminar with the European Training Foundation (ETF), Cedefop's sister agency, in Turin on 13 February. Apprenticeships, validation and the next stage for European tools were on the agenda.
The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) has assembled a toolkit aimed at helping employers take on apprentices with disabilities.
In June 2014, the county authority of Østfold, with support from the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training, organised Østfold’s largest job interview. The event gathered 200 vocational education and training (VET) students and 100 representatives from enterprises in the county. In two days about 570 job interviews were conducted between students and enterprises.
The international computer and information literacy study (ICILS) examines outcomes of student computer and information literacy (CIL) across countries. CIL refers to an individual's ability to use computers to investigate, create, and communicate to participate effectively at home, at school, in the workplace, and in the community.
The action Focus on workmanship (Focus op Vakmanschap) 2011-15 is paving the way towards attractive and more challenging vocational education and training (VET) and ensuring that VET education will continue to play its important role in society and economy in the Netherlands.
In the first half of 2014 results of the vocational training supply (OFP) survey were published by the Institute for the Development of Vocational Training for Workers (ISFOL). The survey assessed the regional vocational education and training (VET) offer with focus on structure, organisation, trends and dynamics. The survey also evaluated adequacy of local systems with labour marked needs and innovative aspects related to post-crisis scenarios.
Within the so-called long chain of job-oriented technical and vocational education and training (VET) a major role is played by recently-reformed higher technical education and training pathways (IFTS - Istruzione e formazione tecnica superiore). Alongside higher technical institutes (ITS - Istituti Tecnici Superiori), IFTS aim at strengthening technical and technological skills and know-how, while accounting for a relevant part of the national curriculum.