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The 17th  ReferNet annual Plenary meeting, planned in November 2019, was postponed to February 2020 to include the 30 new partners under the 2020-23 Framework Partnership Agreement as well as the national representatives for ReferNet.

The 17th  ReferNet annual Plenary meeting, planned in November 2019, was postponed to February 2020 to include the 30 new partners under the 2020-23 Framework Partnership Agreement as well as the national representatives for ReferNet.

The meeting aimed at informing on the latest EU VET policy developments and preparing the network’s 2020 Work plan. There was also a strong focus on integrating the newcomers, making all tools available to them and assisting them through mentoring by Cedefop experts and older ReferNet partners. Sessions on topics linked to the ReferNet 2020 work plan such as VET policy reporting, VET in Europe country reports, the European Skills index and ‘Future of VET in Europe; challenges and opportunities’ were featured on the agenda.

Various partnership forms among ReferNet partners and between Cedefop and ReferNet will be used such as knowledge-sharing on EU VET policies, peer review, hands-on workshops, joint reflection sessions, face-to-face talks, mentoring, etc.

The annual meeting also offered a space for partners to open new issues for cooperation and communication.

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Cedefop and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) are organising the third Policy Learning Forum on upskilling pathways: a vision for the future. The event will take place in the form of a virtual event on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 November 2020, from 09:30 to 13:00 CET on both days.

Policy Learning Fora (PLF) on upskilling pathways are a series of policy learning events on the topic aimed at providing a platform for countries to come together to learn from one another and explore common challenges in upskilling adults with low level of skills.

Upskilling pathways is about pulling together resources and creating the right synergies for supporting every (low skilled) adult towards an individual path to empowerment. It is about creating a comprehensive approach to the upskilling and reskilling of the low skilled adult population. This approach should be able to address their needs in a coordinated and coherent way and ensure that they have all the tools and support to embark in sustainable learning pathways leading to their full potential and fulfilment.

The Cedefop analytical framework presented and discussed at the second Policy Learning Forum on upskilling pathways has been developed to sustain this unique vision of upskilling pathways for low-skilled adults. Aim of the third Policy Learning Forum on upskilling pathways: a vision for the future, is to progress further with support to implementation of upskilling pathways and to translate the analytical framework into practice.

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