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 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.
Progress in the organisation and the regulatory framework for implementing dual education and training in Bulgaria has been noted by all stakeholders. The work to implement the dual system in the country has provided multiple benefits: helped to increase the share of practical training; made practice in real working environments available; provided learners with scholarship opportunities for grades 9 and 10; and given opportunities to sign job contracts and receive salaries for learners of grades 11 and 12.
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 Industrial Capital Association.
The ICT sector and the VET system in Bulgaria are building a sustainable partnership, attracting more and more learners to ICT professions.
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 elective modules in Dutch VET. SBB concludes that, in 2019, over 1 000 elective modules were formally registered by SBB; every three months 20 new ones are added. No fewer than ninety percent of them found their way into curricula offered by VET schools.
All teachers working in primary, secondary or VET schools have been given free access to scientific articles on education research.
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 reform of upper secondary education in 2011. Aspiring assistant nurses in the Health and social care programme, and students of the Vehicle and transport programme are most affected.
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 decision-makers to calculate the return on their investment after answering several questions. At the end of this procedure companies receive results supporting their future decisions. Another objective of the project was to disseminate good practices in an online and innovative environment.
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 European inventory of lifelong guidance systems and practices is now online. The inventory is the most complete source of information on career guidance systems in Europe.
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.
The Guidance House launched a new web portal in December 2019 providing information on VET and professional orientation.
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 provisions established by the 2017 Law on Vocational Education and Training), effective from 1 January 2020.
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.
From 14 to 18 October 2019, the fourth edition of the European VET Skills Week took place across Europe. In Italy, Inapp, the National Erasmus+ Agency for VET, promoted the initiative nationally and locally, organising dissemination and information events in Rome. This was a great opportunity to spread knowledge about the Erasmus+ programme and provide participants with the opportunity to share their experiences on the positive impact of transnational mobility projects.
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.
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 initiative is part of activities carried out under the national project 'Reducing the number of early school leavers in vocational training'. It included a nationwide survey by the Ministry for Innovation and Technology and the National Office of VET and adult learning in 2018/19 to assess basic competences of VET learners and provide them with customised support.
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 education ministry, followed a specific procedure for the certification of the profession by setting professional standards and requirements for those working as career guidance counsellors.