High-level participants included EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth Androulla Vassiliou, German Parliamentary Secretary of State, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Thomas Rachel and Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris.
Watch the conference highlights and interviews with the main speakers below
In her keynote speech, Ms Vassiliou said that the risk of a lost generation is ‘a real threat’ but added that ‘at EU-level we are working with the Member States to put Europe back on the road to jobs and growth’.
Referring to the launch of a European Alliance for Apprenticeships (Leipzig, 2 July), the Commissioner noted that ‘it will be only by pooling the efforts of EU Member States, social partners, business, other relevant actors and the European Commission that we will be able to develop high-quality apprenticeships across Europe’.
Thomas Rachel told the conference that ‘the dual system is the backbone of Germany’s economic success’ and that his country wants to support its European partners ‘in their reform process’.
Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris highlighted the importance of vocational education and training, especially in countries like Greece, pointing out that ‘the reform should have started before the crisis’.
Cedefop Acting Director Christian Lettmayr said in the closing statement: ‘There may be limits to growth but there are no limits to change.’
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Cedefop conference on work-based learning - highlights
Interview with EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth Androulla Vassiliou
Interview with German Parliamentary Secretary of State, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Thomas Rachel
Interview, in Greek, with Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris
Interview with Antonio Silva Mendes, Director, European Commission, DG Education and Culture
Interview with Cedefop Acting Director Christian Lettmayr