A new regulation on workplace learning in Iceland has been approved and will take effect on 1 August 2021, as part of a comprehensive reform of the Icelandic VET system.
According to a report published in March 2021 on female participation in VET, Ireland has one of the highest female VET participation rates in Europe (higher than 60% of the total enrolment rate in many education sectors). The report is entitled ‘women in further education and training (FET)’ and was published along a magazine celebrating the 1 000th female apprentice, and sharing real-life stories of women choosing VET.
In Finland, the minimum school leaving age is being increased from 16 to 18 years, in accordance with legislation that will come into force in August 2021. It will first apply to learners whose compulsory education under the current provisions will end in 2021.
Vocational packages were introduced in 2018 to help young people find their way from education and out into the labour market. A recent survey conducted by the National Agency for Education has shown that, two years later, these packages are well integrated and both in demand among students and widely offered in schools across Sweden.
Workshop- and craft-laboratories are apprenticeship programmes (Escuelas Taller, Talleres de Empleo y Casas de Oficios) for unemployed people combining learning in a real working environment with employment.
Seek and you shall find. While easily said, the search for a suitable continuing professional training programme is still difficult. What tools can make a change to find a perfect fit in a huge and heterogeneous continuing education market? The INVITE innovation competition aims to find answers to this question, with the help of artificial intelligence.
The Agoria technological industry federation believes that, by 2030, almost all workers in Brussels will have to acquire new digital skills. The new training and employment centre DigitalCity is responding now to this increased training need and offers short- and long-term training courses.
As an effect of the Covid-19 crisis, demand for in-service training and retraining has surged; advanced technical and professional skills, general skills such as digital literacy, communication and teamwork skills, are becoming increasingly important, while focus has shifted to education goal setting and learning outcomes acquisition in VET, according to a new study on the effects of Covid-19 by OSKA, the labour market monitoring and future skills forecasting system.
On 28 December 2020, the Council of Ministers adopted the Integrated skills strategy 2030 (detailed part) (Zintegrowana Strategia Umiejętności 2030 - część szczegółowa), developed following extensive consultations.
The transnational project NEETs in action developed an innovative methodology, based on building community networks, aiming to promote the employability and social inclusion of young people not in education, employment, or training (NEETs) by upgrading their skills, increasing their work experiences and addressing skills mismatches.