Last January Nicolas Sarkozy asked the former President of the Senate, Gérard Larcher, to produce a report covering an in-depth reform of vocational training. The report has been criticised by the social partners as well as by specialists in the field of training and by legal experts.
The IDAN training centre recently conducted a survey among skilled workers in Iceland on their attitudes towards their professions. Over 3800 skilled workers in 21 occupations answered a questionnaire about their working environments, professions and training. The results showed that more than 90% were proud of their professions and almost 87% of respondents were satisfied with their work. Almost three out of four stated that they would recommend their profession to young people.
On 8 May, the Latvian government approved the proposal of the Ministry of Education and Science to invest an additional EUR 88.2 million from EU funds in vocational education and science. This has been the most significant contribution to the development of Latvian vocational education so far.
The Social Contract for VET (Samfunnskontrakten) was signed by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, the Ministry of Government Affairs, the social partners and the regional authorities in April 2012.
The number of young people enrolled in two-year short and three-year vocational upper secondary education fell sharply during the period from 2000/01 to 2011/12 ( ). The total number of young people enrolled in upper secondary education decreased by 23.8% and totalled 79 901 in 2011/12. The decline is due to demographic changes.
The national round of the Technology Olympiad held on 14 and 15 May brought together lower secondary schools pupils, teachers and organisers willing to reverse the decline in the attractiveness of technical secondary studies in Slovakia.
By introducing youth coaching the Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture have taken an important step towards counteracting early school-leaving.