A new Cedefop publication explores disparities between available skills and jobs and explores policy options
The Cedefop/Photomuseum Prize 2010 has been awarded to Eileen Kennedy (US) for her collection ´Beyond Success´.
Our societies need to do more to communicate to citizens the benefits of training, upskilling and qualifications. This is the message of Cedefop Director Aviana Bulgarelli at the conference of the European Economic and Social Committee, Education to combat social exclusion held in Florence on 20-22 May.
Skills supply and demand in Europe: medium-term forecast up to 2020, published today by Cedefop, shows that while general trends are common throughout Europe, there are substantial differences among Member States.
Employer-provided training in the EU has been stagnating: companies have been investing less in continuing training per employee. In the current crisis, this downward slide is expected to get worse. But some countries are doing better than others.
On 15 March, Cedefop welcomed Ms Theodora Tzakri, Greek Vice-Minister of Interior, Decentralisation and e-Government. Ms Tzakri expressed her keen interest in the work of Cedefop and promised the close cooperation of the Greek government both in making better use of Cedefop's expertise and in supporting the agency in operational matters.
The need to develop fully integrated skills policies for education and training, employment and innovation at all levels was a dominant theme in the workshop “Skills and competence to overcome the crisis”, which Cedefop co-organised with MEP Ole Christensen on 2 March at the European Parliament in Brussels.
On Thursday, 25 February 2010, the (Greek) Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs presented for public consultation a proposal on the establishment of a National Qualifications Framework.
Cedefop’s latest forecast on the demand and supply of skills to 2020, presented today in Brussels at the European Commission conference New Skills for New Jobs: Action Now, foresees a steady rise in knowledge- and skill-intensive occupations.
Cedefop, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, has brought its redesigned and updated Web pages under a new roof. The new Web portal (www.cedefop.europa.eu) has been conceived primarily with the needs of policy-makers, researchers and social partners in mind, but also aims to serve practitioners and interested European citizens.
The process of modernising vocational education and training is driven by the need to respond to socioeconomic challenges, with little input from research. But as Cedefop argues in its recent research report, Modernising vocational education and training (see link below), this carries the risk that the efforts to modernise VET will not achieve the desired results.
On 14th November 2005, the European Commission and the UK Presidency launched the European Enterprise Awards".
Cedefop and ETF - the two EU "sister" agencies working on vocational training within and outside the European Union - met on 11 May for a one-day conference.