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Conference on 'Teachers and Trainers at the heart of innovation and VET reforms'

Co-organised by Cedefop and the European Commission.

The success of VET reforms require that teachers and trainers possess updated specialist knowledge of their subject, as well as renewed pedagogical skills, and are supported throughout their careers to upgrade their knowledge and skills. How to provide VET teachers and trainers with the competences required in their changing working environments? How to support them in their role innovation agents? Policy makers involved in the design and steering of national reforms, VET practitioners, as well as training providers, can benefit from innovative experiences initiated in other countries. State-of-the-art research and good examples of policies and practices will provide the ground for exploring the following issues: 

  • the impact of education and training reforms on VET teaching and training, and the changing roles and competences of VET teachers and trainers within new paradigms of learning; 
  • new competence and qualification requirements linked to VET reforms and innovation in the world of work; 
  • policies and strategies intended to equip teachers and trainers for their new roles and to cope with pedagogical and vocational skill mismatches; 
  • and, policy schemes aiming at raising the status and attractiveness of teaching and training professions.

Participants will examine trends and challenges related to both policy and practice, identify concrete actions the various stakeholders could pursue, and formulate proposals for policymaking to enhance the status of teachers and trainers, and support their professional development. The conference will bring together policy makers at both European and national level, representatives of European and international institutions, training practitioners, the social partners, representatives of training institutes and researchers.

Registration to the conference is available through the conference web site.


Conference Conclusions

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Event Details

23/02/2009 to 24/02/2009
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Thessaloniki, Greece
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Event Contacts

Vicky Oraiopoulou
TTnet Secretariat
Tel. + 30 2310 490 034