Refugees in EU Member States and beyond are stepping up to support local communities in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, despite being one of the most vulnerable groups to the virus.
Cedefop has invited its ReferNet partners to share their countries’ reaction to the coronavirus crisis, in terms of vocational education and training (VET) policies.
Despite being recognised as among the most vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic , refugees across the EU and beyond are stepping up to support local communities in fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic, a reminder that – vulnerable or not – refugees have skills that may be of added value to receiving countries and their local labour market needs.
Cedefop’s community of apprenticeship experts launched an internal consultation on how European countries are managing apprenticeships in the current health emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Slovenia has developed new continuing vocational education and training (CVET) programmes for employed graduates (SQF 4, 5 and 6) to meet employers’ needs for skills and competences. The employers expressed their needs and vision for the future. VET schools and the Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for VET (CPI) are subsequently carrying out the programme development.
Introduction of a regulatory framework for exchange organisations to assure the quality of host homes, safety and support of pupils, and to inspire more young people to go on exchanges and help them make the most of their experience abroad.
Nation-wide campaigns promote enrolment in IVET programmes
In July 2019, the Agency for VET and Adult Education (ASOO) and the economy ministry (MINGO) launched nation-wide campaigns for the promotion of VET during the main enrolment period in upper secondary education. The enrolment data indicate increased share of students in initial VET, showing that VET is becoming the first choice of many students, including high achievers.
The Finnish vocational education and training (VET) is competence-based, customer-oriented and accessible to all. It supports continuing learning and is designed to meet labour market and learner needs, including adults. VET is flexible and individualised: a personal competence development plan is drawn up for each learner. It recognises learners’ existing skills, outlines what competences are still required for a qualification and explains how to acquire them. Learners may acquire full qualifications or individual parts, and even combine parts of different qualifications.
In January, an innovative cooperation project between Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania was concluded. The TTT4WBL project focused on a novel research-based approach in work-based learning (WBL) – tandem training – for the joint training of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian VET teachers and company trainers involved in work-based learning (in the project, they are both called WBL tutors).
Cedefop’s Skills online vacancy analysis tool for Europe (Skills-OVATE) has been updated to include data from over 67 million online job ads, collected from July 2018 to December 2019, in 28 European countries.
The Skillsnet e-bulletin January - March 2020 Issue has just been published and sent to Skillsnet members.
A report summarising the findings of the Cedefop project Changing nature and role of vocational education and training (VET) in Europe (2016-18) has just been published.
Croatia has a strong vocational education and training (VET) tradition. Participation at upper secondary level is one of the highest in the EU and the share of early leaving from education and training is the lowest in the Union.
Cedefop is taking all necessary measures to ensure the wellbeing of its staff and the wider community during the coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak while remaining operational and implementing its work programme.
Cedefop has just released the 2020 European skills index (ESI), which showcases the skills systems’ improvements made since its 2018 edition, including areas that merit further attention in each country.
Employers appreciate apprenticeships, according to a report evaluating the new apprenticeship pilot phase. Companies and learners value the approach but the report also identify areas where improvements are needed.
Cedefop is ready to work with the European Commission, the Member States and social partners to help develop and realise the future vocational education and training (VET) and skills agenda.
The former Danish Government’s political agreement on VET includes initiatives aimed at giving skilled professionals more and better opportunities to enter higher education. The initiatives came into force in the summer of 2019.
Over 580 VET students competed in WorldSkills Croatia, where they demonstrated their abilities in 43 disciplines. These included, for the first time, categories for students with disabilities and cross-sectoral disciplines in technologically progressive industries, such as robotics and mechatronics. Practical and team work tasks were at the heart of this year’s event, which attracted more than 10 000 visitors.
Two new study programmes were announced in 2019 and were praised as an excellent example of innovative cooperation between industry and the education system.