Several recent activities designed to strengthen gender equality in Swedish education have been in progress. The Swedish National Agency for Education has proposed changes to the curricula – including the curriculum for upper secondary VET – and reported on projects intended to increase gender equality during work-based learning. Both the proposed changes and the report were presented in June 2019.
A total of 10 new VET school networks were set up by the National Centre for TVET Development between April 2019 and March 2021 to strengthen institutional capacity and develop the quality assurance culture in initial VET.
New six-month apprenticeship programmes have become available in Romania for low-qualified people and for those who left school without any qualification. The programmes mainly support integration in the labour market and do not require prior formal qualifications.
On 22 November 2019 stakeholders discussed the developments in adult education in the national forum ‘I work and learn’. Topics included among others: learning for employees at the workplace, involvement of employers in adult education, good practice examples in providing learning at the workplace, challenges and solutions for quality assurance in non-formal education.
On 21 of May 2019, the Ministry of education and the president of WorldSkills Luxembourg launched ‘Skills United’, a new joint campaign promoting vocational training and skills competitions in trades and professions in Luxembourg.
In 2021, compulsory education age will be extended from 16 to 18 according to the government programme. This will apply to all programmes at upper secondary level.
Vocational Skills Night (Oskuste ÖÖ) was held in Estonia on 17 October 2019 for the third time. This is a major event celebrating European vocational skills week, introducing vocational schools and promoting vocational education and training (VET).
A recent study on the labour market success of vocational education and training (VET) and higher education (HE) graduates confirms that the higher the level of education and skills, the better the labour market prospects.
The Department for Education has announced that new T Level qualifications will be rolled out in England from the 2020-21 school year onwards. These qualifications are aimed primarily at 16 to 19 year-olds and are set to become one of the main choices for post-16 education alongside apprenticeships and GCE-Advanced Level (A Level) academic qualifications.
A collaborative work of Cedefop, UNESCO, ETF and UNESCO’s Institute for Lifelong learning, the Global inventory of national and regional qualifications frameworks captures and analyses global trends in qualifications frameworks.
Cedefop presented the main results of its CrowdLearn study ‘Skills formation and skill matching in online platform work’ to European policy-makers at its 8th Brussels seminar on 10 December.
The new Cedefop database is the main source of information about vocational education and training (VET) systems in the European Union, Iceland and Norway.
Comparing the content of qualifications across European countries is part of Cedefop’s work on understanding qualifications, initiated more than two decades ago.
At the 2018 Euroskills Budapest competition, a single Brussels resident represented the successful Belgian delegation: Omar Lo, a young political refugee, had benefitted from training offered through one of the existing integration programmes set up in Brussels.
Cooperation on qualifications and quality frameworks is a global priority. To address the importance of quality improvement at this level, the Regional Cooperation in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (RECOTVET) organised the 10th Regional Policy Dialogue on TVET, on 14 and 15 November, in Yangon, Myanmar.
The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture has prepared a proposal for a quality strategy in vocational education and training until 2030.
Challenges faced by the Spanish youth population, such as low pay, high unemployment and low qualification levels, are the key drivers of the Action plan for youth employment put in place by the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Social Security to offer all young people better opportunities for training, employment and decent work.
Three new ministerial orders regulating the vocational training system for employment were published in the first quarter of 2019. They set quality requirements in training provision and its funding.
In addition to its commitment to excellence in vocational education and nurturing high performance standards and professionalism in its graduates, the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) is also dedicated to building socially responsible citizens.
The Bulgarian Industrial Association – Union of the Bulgarian Business (BIA) has been working since the beginning of 2018 on expanding MyCompetence, a system established in 2009-14 by the BIA – as part of a set of measures and initiatives of the Bulgarian State – in employability, human resources and VET.