Every year the Dutch Inspectorate of Education publishes the Annual Education Report on the state of education. This report outlines developments and key themes in Dutch education. The first chapter reflects on major developments and facets of education that are in need of improvement.
Thousands of Swedish teenagers have these past months not only started their upper secondary studies but also marked the beginning of a new reform. Adopted in 2010 the reform aims at increasing throughput and better adapting education programmes to requirements in different sectors and occupational areas. For students in IVET programmes changes include new admission requirements, study pathways and the introduction of a vocational diploma.
Romania’s government has adopted changes to the Labour Code, aiming at increasing flexibility for enterprises and weakening trade unions. Changes also impact vocational training at the workplace.
An overhaul of the VET system in Ireland is proposed in a comprehensive policy paper from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) which has also called for investment in key infrastructural projects to help boost job creation and economic growth.