Vocational education and training (VET) plays a prominent role in Croatia. Overall responsibility for VET lies with the Ministry of Science and Education supported by the Agency for VET and Adult Education (ASOO).
Employers appreciate apprenticeships, according to a report evaluating the new apprenticeship pilot phase. Companies and learners value the approach but the report also identify areas where improvements are needed.
European policy-making in vocational education and training (VET) needs to be supported by sound evidence. In this report, Cedefop has selected a set of 36 indicators to quantify some key aspects of VET and lifelong learning.
Over 580 VET students competed in WorldSkills Croatia, where they demonstrated their abilities in 43 disciplines. These included, for the first time, categories for students with disabilities and cross-sectoral disciplines...
The former Danish Government’s political agreement on VET includes initiatives aimed at giving skilled professionals more and better opportunities to enter higher education. The initiatives came into force in the summer of 2019.
Transition is the key word that marks the 2019 and 2020 policy framework in which Cedefop operates.
The second comprehensive survey of Czech VET schools in 2018 suggests that cooperation with employers is one of the top priorities and indicates that employer interest in cooperation has been increasing since the last survey in 2015/16.
Two new study programmes were announced in 2019 and were praised as an excellent example of innovative cooperation between industry and the education system.
The ICT sector and the VET system in Bulgaria are building a sustainable partnership, attracting more and more learners to ICT professions.
In Bulgaria, the first models have been developed for improving the attractiveness of the most in-demand professions in the labour market. Models to increase the attractiveness of 16 professions in machine building, electrical engineering, transport and medicine sectors were developed by the...
In autumn 2019, the Association for Career Guidance and Career Development in Slovakia (ZRPK) organised a series of events, including the Career guidance for inclusive society conference
The Return on investment of work-based learning (WBL) and apprenticeships project promotes WBL and apprenticeships by making their benefits evident to SMEs. The project developed a digital online tool that enables entrepreneurs and SME...
This study is the first volume of Cedefop research on empowering adults through upskilling and reskilling pathways.
In response to technological developments and labour market needs, the government decided in December 2019 to implement the most extensive revision of initial vocational education and training (IVET) since the...
All teachers working in primary, secondary or VET schools have been given free access to scientific articles on education research.
In December 2019, the Foundation for Cooperation on Vocational Education, Training and Labour Market in the Netherlands (SBB) published its fifth monitor report on the uptake of...
A new funding methodology applicable to formal VET programmes was approved in 2019 (Resolution No 934 of 11 September 2019 of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania implementing funding...
The Guidance House launched a new web portal in December 2019 providing information on VET and professional orientation.
MCAST, in partnership with Ministry for Education and Employment (MEDE), the Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, and the National Skills Council, has embarked on the ESF joint-funded project Achieving vocational excellence through enhanced work-based learning.
A long-standing demand for raising the quality of guidance provision in Greece had finally been fulfilled. The National Organisation for Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP), the responsible body of the...
The initiative is part of activities carried out under the national project 'Reducing the number of early school leavers in vocational training'. It included a...
A one-year orientation programme for students finishing lower secondary education (grade 8) has been piloted since 2018/19. It focuses on acquiring basic competences necessary to make informed career choices.
The Generation apprenticeship competition and campaign has been running since 2017. In December 2019, SOLAS hosted the first ever Generation apprenticeship employer of the year awards.
In 2019, a new regulation was approved detailing the procedure for organising vocational education and training (VET) in the form of apprenticeship. It is expected that the new system will attract more learners in training programmes to acquire new skills and a professional qualification.
Digital community creative workshops (DCCWs) are multifunctional spaces featuring the latest digital devices. They have already been set up in 19 VET centres; the DCCW network will expand to 40 vocational centres in 2020.
One of the Government’s strategic choices is to upscale vocational education and training (VET) from the status of a forced solution for few, to a conscious choice and employment tool for many. This choice is directly linked to the country's economic recovery.
In November 2019, the Bulgarian economy ministry announced a new ICT database of employers who meet the requirements for offering places for work-based training (dual training system).
The shipping industry is one of the main pillars of the Cypriot economy, offering opportunities for a successful career. The education ministry has introduced new programmes for maritime occupations as of the school year 2019/20.
The State Public Employment Service of Spain (SEPE), the State Foundation for Training in Employment (Fundae) and several large technology companies signed agreements in autumn 2019 to create an important package of training resources in...
Moving forward the national strategy to reform vocational school and increase attractiveness of professional qualifications, 2019 legislation regulates the conditions for, and eases recognition of, mobility periods abroad.
The next steps of the apprenticeship reform currently being implemented aim to support employers offering new apprenticeships based on revised standards.