Participants at Cedefop's conference (26-27 November) on the impact of globalisation on vocational education and training (VET) agreed that the new connected world affects VET in multiple ways and that vocational skills have to be adaptable and at the centre of a global agenda.
The new law aims to bring the education system up to new international challenges. It intends to breathe new life into the vocational education and training option, making it more attractive, provide flexible pathways, and reduce early leaving from education and training.
This research paper consists of an analysis carried out in six EU Member States – Denmark, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK – representing different modes of VET (and for which data were available).
In a series of interviews to European media, new Cedefop Director James Calleja has outlined the organisation’s work and targets, and addressed issues such as unemployment and career guidance that are at the centre of European citizens’ concerns.
Only around 100 apprenticeship contracts were concluded in Romania in 2012 ‒ a negligible number. It shows that this form of training, which could play an important role in increasing participation of youngsters in vocational education and the labour market, has yet to become popular with Romanian employers. Causes have been multiple to date, among which the frequent changes to the Apprenticeship Act, a piece of legislation most employers have deemed restrictive, creating a host of obligations while offering little support to those willing to take apprentices on board.