The second edition of the Cedefop conference newspaper, with readers’ comments, is out. The 12-13 June conference on work-based learning attracted more than 150 experts on vocational education and training from around the world, policy-makers from the European Commission and Member States as well as social partners.
On 4 and 5 July 2013, Cedefop in cooperation with the European Training Foundation (ETF) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) organised in Thessaloniki (Greece), an expert seminar on Skills anticipation guides. The purpose of this seminar was to discuss the drafts of four guides prepared so far (on forecasting and foresight, on sectoral anticipation, on intermediary agencies and on matching/LMIs) with experts in the field and potential users. The objective was to ensure their validity and usefulness for the target audiences.
Participants in Cedefop’s conference on work-based learning (12-13 June) called for the implementation of European Union (EU) policy initiatives on developing apprenticeship and other forms of work-based learning across Europe in order to address rising youth unemployment. The conference gathered more than 150 experts on vocational education and training from around the world, policy-makers from the European Commission and Member States as well as social partners’ representatives.
In line with earlier forecasts, Cedefop’s projections for skill supply and demand in the European Union (EU) foresee a gradual return to job growth and an older, but better qualified workforce.
Cedefop’s forecasts are unique in making a comparative analysis of the major trends in employment growth and decline for sectors, occupations and qualifications both across the European labour market as a whole and for individual European Union Member States.
The Belgian i-COMP project focused on the extent to which the competence concept is integrated into daily practices of 31 European public employment services (PES) and 35 vocational education and training organisations (VET). The i-COMP project (funded by ESF) was run by the VDAB (Flemish Employment and Vocational Training Service) in partnership with SERV (Social Economic Council of Flanders).The results were presented at the i-COMP exchange event held in Leuven in September 2012.
A decline in attractiveness of secondary IVET studies and dissatisfaction of employers with graduate supply has led to a radical, yet disputed intervention by the government. Stricter rules for secondary school admission were approved by the parliament by an amendment to the Act on VET. A grade point average in grade 8 and the first half of grade 9 of lower secondary school was introduced as a regulating indicator valid from the 2014/15 school year.
In September 2012, the unemployment rate in the Czech Republic increased to 8.4% (almost half a million persons). Nevertheless, many employers find it difficult to recruit skilled workers. Currently, internships are what companies most frequently expect to find in CVs of fresh graduates. A new project ‘Internships in companies – Education through practice’ offers a chance to meet this requirement.