Today everybody needs relevant competences to manage their working lives. Making informed choices and taking important decisions on education and employment is important not only in a transition phase (if moving from one education level to another or moving from school to the labour market) but throughout life.
Several major events on employment and education are being held this week in Cyprus, the country holding the EU Council Presidency. Cedefop is there, presenting its latest policy analysis and research findings.
Pedro Moreno da Fonseca is our new project manager on lifelong guidance. He has worked on a wide range of issues related to vocational training and professional development, such as quality assurance, employment benefit policy assessment and comparative analysis of educational systems
‘Recognition in Germany’ is the new information portal for the German government's Recognition Law. This portal provides up-to-date information on the legal basis and procedures for recognition of foreign professional qualifications. If you would like to have a professional qualification acquired abroad recognised in Germany, you can use this portal to find the competent body and your local contact centre.
Two separate reports reflect on participation in tertiary level education among students with a VET background. Guidance is considered a key factor in improving participation rates.
The European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations kicked off in Copenhagen earlier this month. The conference was organised by the Danish Ministry of Employment, Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration and Ministry for Health with support from the European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion).
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.
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.
How far has Europe come in coordinating guidance policy, and improving access to guidance services and career management skills? A policy review (2007-2010) identifies improvements and remaining challenges.