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Cedefop newsletter No 99 - April 2020 - Coronavirus crisis and Cedefop’s related work
Cedefop Executive Director
At Cedefop, we locked down our location in Thessaloniki in mid-March. What is best about it is that we have not had a single confirmed coronavirus case in our workforce. The second-best aspect is that we have not locked down our brains, our expertise, or the relevance of our output. Working from home, we do what the subject of our research – vocational education and training (VET) – is so good at providing: adapting to a changing environment.
The corona crisis must be dealt with now, its economic fall-out must be forecast now, and the recovery must be planned for and supported now. Because of its pivotal role in the fields of labour market, vocational training and skills intelligence, Cedefop will have to deliver critical contributions to the post-coronavirus recovery efforts of the European Union – starting now. That is why we have started generating coronavirus-related results and findings in our field – helping policy-makers to assess the impact of the crisis on VET systems and how the latter can be used to overcome the former. Our first outputs are collected in this newsletter.
For now, we trust you enjoy reading from home. Please join me in hoping that soon we will again be able to discuss our findings and policy implications face-to-face, in Thessaloniki or elsewhere. Until then, stay safe!
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