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Originally scheduled for 4 and 5 June 2020 in Thessaloniki, the conference will now be held virtually on 30 June and 1 July 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives and disrupted education and training processes and employment globally. Reacting fast to this unprecedented situation the conference changes format allowing participants to follow it and actively participate from their offices or homes safely.

Hosted under the Croatian and the German Presidency of the EU in cooperation with the European Commission, the joint virtual Cedefop-ETF conference, on 30 June and 1 July, will review achievements made on the joint priorities in European cooperation in VET  during 2015-20. It will also debate Cedefop’s and ETF’s overall evidence, data and intelligence on the key challenges for VET in a forward-looking perspective.

The event, organised on the eve of setting new priorities for VET, will bring together high level representatives of the European Commission, the Croatian and German Presidency of the EU, policy-makers, social partners and experts from all participating countries and international organisations to discuss and reflect on:

  • findings from Cedefop and ETF analysis on VET policy developments and implementation during the latest policy cycle agreed in 2015 (Riga Conclusions);
  • key challenges and future priorities for VET.
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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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The workshop provided an opportunity for policy-makers, stakeholders, experts and researchers to discuss the challenges and choices facing European VET today. Building on systematic research carried out by Cedefop in recent years, the workshop complements the ongoing political discussion on the future of European VET evidenced in the July 2020 Skills Agenda, the proposal for a VET Council recommendation and the 2020 Osnabrück declaration.     

The workshop built on the findings of the recently published Cedefop report VET in Europe 1995-2035. From a long-term perspective on European VET developments, the report brings together two major Cedefop research projects: The changing nature and role of VET in Europe (2015-18) and the The future of vocational education and training (VET) (2019-22).

The workshop aimed to instigate a discussion on the overall direction European VET is taking.

Presentations and discussions during the first day of the workshop (26 November) provided a general picture of recent developments. Please watch the discussions that took place in the plenary of the first day (video).

The second day (27 November) allowed for an in-depth discussion of the way VET skills and competences are changing and how this influences their delivery. Please watch the discussions that took place in the plenary of the second day (video), and breakout sessions of the second day:

Working with us

EXTENDED CLOSING DATE

Notice of vacancy for External and Interagency candidates for the post of Expert in public policy analysis and evaluation.

Reference
Cedefop/2020/05/AD
Closing date
22/05/2020
Extended closing date
05/06/2020

EXTENDED CLOSING DATE

Notice of vacancy for External and Interagency candidates for the post of Data analyst.

Reference
Cedefop/2020/04/AD
Closing date
21/05/2020
Extended closing date
04/06/2020

EXTENDED CLOSING DATE

Notice of vacancy for External and Interagency candidates for the post of Expert in labour market and skills research.

Reference
Cedefop/2020/03/AD
Closing date
20/05/2020
Extended closing date
03/06/2020

EXTENDED CLOSING DATE

Notice of vacancy for External and Interagency candidates for the post of Expert in qualifications and learning outcomes.

Reference
Cedefop/2020/02/AD
Closing date
19/05/2020
Extended closing date
02/06/2020