In 2014, the rate of early leaving from education and training in the European Union had dropped to 11%, getting closer to the Europe 2020 goal of less than 10%. This encouraging trend is partly owed to the numerous projects and initiatives across Europe which have supported young people at risk of dropping out of education over the past three decades.
A pilot project requested by the European Parliament and managed by the European Commission aims to test the viability of setting up a ‘European framework for mobility of apprentices’ to enable young apprentices to develop their skills and enhance employability, while strengthening their sense of European citizenship.
At the Cedefop workshop on 11 and 12 February over 20 experts from different European countries discussed the role of cooperation between higher education institutions and enterprises for continuous professional development.
Work-based learning and apprenticeships were discussed at a working dinner organised by Cedefop and hosted by Amjad Bashir MEP at the European Parliament in Brussels on 25 January. Twenty four people took part in the discussion, including eight MEPs from various parties.
Cedefop’s second apprenticeship conference, on 9 and 10 November in Thessaloniki, is addressed to a wide range of stakeholders with a role in supporting small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in increasing their offer on apprenticeships.
A Cedefop review on apprenticeships in Malta, the results of which were presented at an event in Valetta on 2 October, has found a mismatch between what is offered and what the labour market needs.
Cedefop's first policy learning forum, focusing on the definition and writing of learning outcomes for vocational education and training (VET) qualifications, took place on 24 and 25 September in Thessaloniki.
Cedefop's first policy learning forum, which focuses on the definition and writing of learning outcomes for vocational education and training (VET) qualifications, takes place on 24 and 25 September in Thessaloniki.