Stakeholders and national experts directly involved in Cedefop’s thematic country reviews (TCRs) on apprenticeships will take part in the first policy learning forum on apprenticeships on 7 and 8 September in Thessaloniki.
Seven members of the Swedish Retail and Wholesale Council’s secretariat and Skills and Occupations Committee visited Cedefop on 30 March. Discussions focused on European vocational education and training (VET) policy and Cedefop’s work on skills and qualifications.
In November 2016 the OECD presented an in-depth analysis of Sweden’s system for skills assessment, anticipation and response. Even though Sweden has become a leader among OECD countries in collecting information on current and future skills needs, several areas of improvement have been identified to tackle skills mismatch.
Skills for confident and conscious use of information technology are becoming increasingly important in a changing society. In IVET, digital competence may be crucial for learners to adapt in a competitive economy. To promote digital competence, the Swedish government is proposing a strategic nationwide programme that takes IVET-specific needs into account.
The year 2016 has been declared the Swedish Year of vocational education and training (VET). Many activities will highlight vocational education and training, and, for the first time, a major international skills competition, EuroSkills, will be held in Sweden.
Sharing common challenges but different experience, encouraging dialogue between policy makers and practitioners, and involving different stakeholders have been the leading principles of the three year project Learning at work. The final dissemination conference in December 2015 gathered representatives from all Nordic countries including the Faroe Islands and Åland. Building on this experience, cooperation and exchange will continue among stakeholders and countries.
In November 2015 a national conference of stakeholders from education, social partners and other organisations marked the launch of the Swedish national qualification framework (SeQF).
In 2011, Swedish upper secondary education was reformed. The current system consists of twelve vocational education and training (VET) programmes and six higher education preparatory programmes. These cover 2500 study points and are divided into several orientations.
Trainers have a key role in delivering high quality work-based learning. The Swedish national agency for education (Skolverket) has launched a web-based training of trainers programme at work-places engaged in initial vocational education and training (VET).