Cedefop research shows that genuine skill shortages are only present in specific sectors and occupations and affect dynamic enterprises, while many firms face recruitment difficulties due to job offers of poor quality.
On 28 November 2014, social partners, skills council partners, European Commission representatives and TCLF sector stakeholders gathered in Brussels for presentation of the TCLF 2014 report. Spain joined the council this year through participation of Fundación Tripartita para la Formación en el Empleo (Tripartite Foundation for Training in Employment).
Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT) and the APFT Maintenance Training (APFT) aviation school have just signed a contract for training aviation technicians in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The programme begins January 2015, and the companies estimate that in five years they will train 400 APFT students as European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)-qualified aircraft mechanics.
In 2014, to involve employers’ associations in planning, implementation and review of vocational education and training (VET), the Ministry of Education and Science signed collaboration agreements with the following associations: Lithuanian Hotel and Restaurant Association, Lietuvos Aviacija and Infobalt.
Cedefop co-organises a training and knowledge-sharing course on skills needs anticipation and matching with the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ITC-ILO), the Skills Development and Employability Unit of the ILO and the European Training Foundation (ETF).
The Analytical highlights is a series of short papers published on the EU Skills Panorama website.
In an interview with the Spanish daily, published on 20 April, Cedefop Director James Calleja said that vocational education and training (VET) in Spain needs to be closer to labour market needs.
In his inaugural speech at a seminar organised by the Institute for Social and Economic Policy Education (ISWA) in Berlin, Cedefop Director James Calleja said that in today's economic climate, 'businesses should be considered shareholders in vocational training and an integral part of the skills formation process.'
Work has started to transform the EU Skills Panorama website to provide a more comprehensive and user-friendly central access point for information and intelligence on skill needs in occupations and sectors across Europe.