Cedefops study on the medium-term demand for skills, Future skill needs in Europe, the conclusions of which were presented in a high-profile conference at Cedefop, is now available, free of charge.
On 17 and 18 November Cedefop and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture will be holding a launching conference for two new European tools: the European Quality Assurance Reference Framework (EQARF) and the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) in Brussels, with the participation of over 300 representatives of training providers and other bodies and institutions from across Europe.
The recent joint study by Cedefop and Eurofound, “Contribution of collective bargaining to the development of continuing training” (see link below) - one of the first to address the issue of how social dialogue affects opportunities for continuing training – demonstrates that collective agreements have a largely positive impact on employee training. But it also shows that training provision in small and medium enterprises, and training offered to workers over 45, is still lagging behind.
The challenge of how to implement an e-skills agenda for the 21st Century will be the main topic of the European e-Skills 2008 Conference, Implementing a long term e-skills strategy in Europe.
DG EAC issued a press release regarding the Evaluation results of the Europass project, and acknowledging Cedefops work.
Cedefop, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, is announcing the results of the first Europe-wide forecast of skill needs at the international Agora conference, “Skills for Europe’s future”, being held at the Cedefop Conference Centre on 21 and 22 February.
New ideas on teaching and learning, as well as recent European policy developments on qualifications are affecting the way in which curricula are drawn. At the same time, changes in curriculum organisation are affecting teaching and learning patterns at all educational levels. This dynamic is to be the main topic of discussion at the Cedefop workshop on Curriculum innovation and reform: policies and practices, to be held in Thessaloniki on 9-10 November.
The findings of a forthcoming Cedefop-Eurofound study, The role of collective bargaining in the development of continuing vocational training, which covers the EU-27 and Norway, will be discussed at a joint seminar organised at Cedefop with Eurofound, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, on 9-10 February.
Learning acquired outside schools whether at the workplace, at leisure or even at home is increasingly becoming an accepted route toward acquiring formal qualifications.