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Moving to learn – a new mobility scoreboard for Europe

The mobility scoreboard for initial vocational education and training (IVET), a new tool to assist policy-makers in the area of learning mobility developed by Cedefop in close cooperation with the European Commission, was presented at an event in Thessaloniki on 3 June.

A prototype with information on 28 countries (26 EU Member States, Iceland and Norway) is available on the Cedefop website, while the interactive online tool is being finalised and will be launched during the vocational education and training (VET) week in December.

Cedefop Director James Calleja told participants in the event that mobility of learners should be seen as the rule, not the exception, and called the scoreboard a VET reform system. ‘People must learn about mobility as early as possible, as they will be mobile throughout their working life; for young people, especially, mobility is key,’ he said.

Participants included Erasmus+ agencies, IVET institutions, companies involved in mobility projects, teachers and trainers, guidance personnel, students’ associations, Cedefop’s ReferNet partners and EU-level stakeholders.

Cedefop’s Head of Department for VET Systems and Institutions Loukas Zahilas said that the scoreboard’s objective is to help move ahead in mobility by looking at factors that slow it down.

Cedefop expert Guy Tchibozo, the project leader, presented the mobility scoreboard focusing on 10 key areas for action and asked participants for their feedback to help finalise the online tool.

The scoreboard offers policy-makers, stakeholders and users EU-level overviews of countries’ structures, policies and performance, using maps, indicators and tables. It also provides country-specific information and analyses through country scorecards and fiches.