The challenges and choices facing European vocational education and training (VET) were discussed at a virtual and highly interactive workshop, organised by Cedefop on 26 and 27 November.
European employers advertised 35% fewer jobs in online job portals in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. This significant drop during the first lockdown, identified using Cedefop’s skills OVATE system, provides valuable insights into the impact the coronavirus crisis had on the EU labour market.
Vocational education and training’s (VET’s) role in the EU’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and in the green and digital transitions was at the heart of the European vocational skills week 2020, the first to be held virtually as a result of the pandemic, between 9 and 13 November.
European Commissioners Nicolas Schmit (Jobs and Social Rights) and Thierry Breton (Internal Market) launched the pact for skills, a key initiative of the European skills agenda, during the European vocational skills week 2020 on 10 November.
At least two-thirds of adults in every EU Member State agree that their government should prioritise investment in adult learning, a new Cedefop survey says. Across the EU, people believe that adult learning and training will become more important to career progression over the next 10 years, an argument strengthened by the 88% of adults who said that their job requires them to keep their skills constantly up to date.
Cedefop and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held the Third Policy Learning Forum (PLF) on upskilling pathways, a platform bringing together countries to exchange practice and explore common challenges in upskilling adults with low level of skills, on 5 and 6 November.
The best outcomes in terms of company performance and workplace well-being are obtained in companies where training is valued highly according to the recently published European Company Survey (ECS) 2019 by EU agencies Cedefop and Eurofound.
Cedefop's CareersNet, the network of independent experts in lifelong career guidance and career development, held its annual meeting on 8 and 9 October, in cooperation with the German Federal Employment Agency.
High investment, high involvement’ workplaces have the best outcomes for workers and employers according to a recent large-scale survey of company practices across Europe. Just 20% of EU organisations fall into this category – bundling practices that increase employee autonomy, facilitate employee voice and promote training and learning.
In an interview given to BIBB, the German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, published in their BWP magazine 3/2020, Cedefop Executive Director Jürgen Siebel talked about the challenges facing vocational education and training (VET) in Europe and Cedefop’s unique contribution in meeting them.
Cedefop has been monitoring the adoption of artificial intelligence and new digital technologies by EU Member States, as these are becoming part of the EU’s new reality in a post-coronavirus world.
In the productive sector, considerable progress is taking place in the development of processes, machines and materials, requiring a permanent adjustment of skilled worker profiles. Further, limitations of natural resources, environment protection and the recycling of materials constitute main challenges for the industry, which has been investing for years in the development of new materials and efficient recycling structures. To respond to these changing needs, the vocational aptitude diploma programme ‘Specialised agent in smart materials’ was introduced in the school year 2020/21.
The winning teams of the #CedefopPhotoAward 2020 competition come from Poland, Greece, Czechia and Slovakia.
The National Institute for Public Policy Analysis (INAPP) has launched a survey to assess key skills in the vocational education and training (IeFP) system with the aim of improving the system’s quality, effectiveness and attractiveness, in line with current activities for the national qualifications framework.
EU agencies Cedefop and Eurofound will present the results of the European company survey 2019 (ECS 2019) at a virtual launch event titled ‘Workplace practices unlocking employee potential’ on 13 October.
The Skillsnet e-bulletin April – August 2020 Issue has just been published and sent to Skillsnet members.
Starting the school year 2020/21 in the midst of a pandemic poses a host of new challenges for schools, teachers and training providers.
Over 50 participants in Cedefop’s 3rd policy learning forum on apprenticeships had the opportunity to share knowledge and reflect on the experience of other countries in a virtual event on 17 and 18 September.
The EU ministers for education met informally within the framework of the German EU Presidency in Osnabrück on 16 and 17 September to discuss a new impetus for vocational education and training (VET) and to kickstart the Osnabrück declaration to modernise European VET and deepen cross-border cooperation within a European Education Area.