On 2 – 3 October 2007, Cedefop will hold an annual meeting of the study visits programme for education and vocational training specialists. This is the first meeting of the representatives of the National Agencies who will implement the programme in the participating countries in the future.
Qualifications largely determine our chances at employment, our ability to access further education and our social status. But they also have limitations: much of the knowledge and competence we acquire through life is left out of our diplomas, certificates and titles. To close this gap, both the education and employment worlds need to engage in redesigning and updating qualifications. This was the main theme of Cedefop’s Agora Conference, Qualifications for lifelong learning and employability (Thessaloniki 5-6 October), which examined how qualifications are used in today’s economy.
Cedefop, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, is announcing the results of the first Europe-wide forecast of skill needs at the international Agora conference, “Skills for Europe’s future”, being held at the Cedefop Conference Centre on 21 and 22 February.
Cedefop is at present carrying out extensive work on how older workers learn, particularly on the neglected issue of how to retrain and retain workers nearing retirement age – and what motivates people to keep working past it. An international workshop on ‘Working at old age – Emerging theories and empirical perspectives on ageing and work’ is to be held at Cedefop, Thessaloniki, on 29-30 September 2008.
The challenge of how to implement an e-skills agenda for the 21st Century will be the main topic of the European e-Skills 2008 Conference, Implementing a long term e-skills strategy in Europe.