Ways of working together on vocational training initiatives were discussed during the visit to Cedefop of German Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development Hans-Joachim Fuchtel.
‘Youths should be empowered to guarantee their own employment through education and training in a lifelong learning context,’ said Cedefop Director James Calleja addressing a high-level conference on the role of the Regions in the implementation of the youth guarantee, in Kavala, Greece.
Despite public concerns regarding the diminishing value of educational qualifications, acquiring higher qualifications and skills is still the best bet for getting a job, experts said at an event on labour market opportunities for youth, in Thessaloniki.
In 2014, Cedefop will support cooperation at European level and among Member States to foster the development of apprenticeship-type work-based learning, Cedefop senior expert Loukas Zahilas told a Greek EU Presidency event in Athens.
Cedefop’s priorities and objectives and the Europass platform were presented at a workshop organised by Greece’s state scholarship foundation (IKY) and the national agency for the Erasmus+ programme, on 19 February.
At a consultation meeting with social partners organised by the Greek national organisation for the certification of qualifications and vocational guidance (EOPPEP), Cedefop’s Head of Area Enhanced Cooperation in VET and lifelong learning Mara Brugia told participants that the Centre has worked with the Greek Education Ministry since 2008 to develop the Hellenic qualifications framework (HQF) and has contributed decisively to the progress achieved.
The Antikythera mechanism was ancient Greeks’ version of a modern portable analogue computer. The laptop-sized geared mechanism, built circa 150-100 BC, was used to calculate and display, with high precision, the movement of the sun and the moon in the sky. It could predict eclipses, calculate the dates of the Olympic Games and contained a user’s manual.
Cedefop Director James Calleja discussed issues related to unemployment, apprenticeships and labour-market intelligence at a meeting with the Greek Minister for Labour, Social Security and Welfare Ioannis Vroutsis on 17 December, in Athens.
Participants in Cedefop’s conference on tackling skills mismatch agreed that Europe needs to implement policy initiatives on developing work-based learning as an answer to rising youth unemployment.
EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou, who will attend Cedefop’s conference on tackling skill mismatch through work-based learning and apprenticeships (12-13 June 2013, Thessaloniki, Greece), talks about the latest European initiatives to alleviate youth unemployment and refocus education and training.