A combined event for the Icelandic skills contest and introduction to upper secondary school studies was held in Iceland beginning of March 2014. For three days youngsters gathered in Reykjavik to see what is on offer for the foreseeable future.
Five years ago, the senior experts service (SES) initiative VerA (Verhinderung von Ausbildungsabbrüchen - prevention of apprenticeship discontinuation) was launched to avoid training dropouts and improve the training process by intervening quickly to help young people help themselves. A veritable success story: 3000 apprentices have taken advantage of the initiative.
Career preparation and guidance become crucial in times when school to work transition becomes more complex and difficult. Roles of non-familial adults in the lives of at-risk children are beneficial for increasing resilience and success in the face of adversity.
The Czech Republic, as well as the entire European Union, is confronted with a lack of employment opportunities for young people. Most companies do not want to recruit graduates due to lack of practical experience. The internships for young job-seekers project provides an opportunity for young graduates to gain working experience and thus increases employability and competitiveness of future graduates on the labour market. The project also aims to promote contacts between employers and potential employees.
There are some 340 different occupations requiring vocational education and training (VET), but boys still preferably want to be automotive mechatronics engineers and girls retail saleswomen.
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.
In a series of interviews to European media, new Cedefop Director James Calleja has outlined the organisation’s work and targets, and addressed issues such as unemployment and career guidance that are at the centre of European citizens’ concerns.
At a joint workshop on 4-6 December, Cedefop and OECD examined the first findings of the survey of adult skills (PIAAC), which show that literacy levels vary across countries and between vocational education and training (VET) and general education graduates at upper-secondary levels.