Adult learning promotes competitiveness, employability and social inclusion. It is a vital component of the European Union's (EU’s) lifelong learning policy. But many challenges remain to make it an attractive, inclusive, accessible and flexible learning option.
9-10 November, 2015 (Monday afternoon -Tuesday)
at Cedefop premises, Thessaloniki, Greece.
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A launching meeting for Cedefop’s thematic country review on apprenticeships in Slovenia took place in Ljubljana on 16 June. The meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports (MESS) of Slovenia. Representatives of the responsible ministries (education, labour and economy), VET providers and the social partners took part; they represent a group that meets on a regular basis to discuss issues of VET development.
A Cedefop delegation visited the Greek Ministry of Education on 13 July to discuss with Greek authorities and social partners the common work in the frame of the thematic country review (TCR) on apprenticeships in the country. Cedefop’s contribution in two more areas of cooperation (hellenic qualifications framework and skills needs diagnosis) was also discussed in the meeting.
Cedefop’s thematic country review (TCR) on apprenticeships has started in Italy. The Ministry of Employment hosted the launch event organised in collaboration with Cedefop on 6 July in Rome.
The European Commission has just published a new brochure on the European Alliance for Apprenticeships featuring examples of successful and inspiring apprenticeships policy initiatives and projects across Europe.
A main priority for Cedefop is to support Member States and social partners in further developing and improving vocational education and training and lifelong learning policies and practices.
On 25 and 26 May, members of the country reviews steering groups from Malta, Lithuania, Greece, Italy and Slovenia met in Thessaloniki for a policy-learning exercise. They discussed apprenticeship schemes in their countries, bringing in different experiences and perspectives, and learned more on how the reviews work.
The economic crisis has hit young people particularly hard and more young people face increasing difficulties in setting their foothold into the labour market. Against this context, there is a broad consensus today among policy-makers, social partners and experts that apprenticeships can be an efficient solution to some of the present labour market imbalances and benefit both learners and employers.
By combining study and work, apprenticeships and work-based learning (WBL) can offer them an opportunity to acquire work experience while enhancing skills in close alignment with employer requirements. Because of their inherent relevance for the labour market, apprenticeships and work-based learning can help to reduce skills mismatch and ease transition from education to work.
Watch the TED talk of the coordinator of the European Lifelog Guidance Policy Network, Raimo Vuorinen, on how guidance helps people navigate professional life and fulfil their careers.