The Lifelong Learning Platform and the European Volunteer Centre with the support of Cedefop organised a peer learning activity in Brussels, on 22-23 January. The PLA looked at the way validation approaches identify and document soft and/or transversal skills and competences. Using learning outcomes of – mainly but not solely – volunteering activities, participants discussed how to strengthen the conceptual basis of validation and how to further cooperate.
Around 50 participants from NGOs, European institutions, national governments and research centres […]
The Lifelong Learning Platform welcomes the European Commission’s Communication “Building a stronger Europe: the role of youth, education and culture policies” and other proposals launched on 22 May as the second package of measures for creating a European Education Area. It is glad to see the commitment to ensure this Area covers learners of all age groups and sectors, including VET and adult learning, and to support Member States in improving the “lifelong-learning based nature” of […]
VIENNA – The Annual Conference of the Lifelong Learning Platform on “Lifelong Learning Culture: A partnership for rethinking education” took place at the very beginning of the Austrian Presidency of the European Union.
On 5-6 July over a hundred representatives from the education and culture sectors including political representatives, civil society organisations, academics and practitioners gathered in Vienna for the Lifelong Learning Platform’s Annual Conference “Lifelong Learning Culture: A partnership for rethinking education”. The purpose of the conference was to highlight […]
The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) is currently working on a project focusing on the ‘Changing Nature and Role of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Europe‘. The research will support the European Commission and the EU Member States in setting objectives for post-2020 European cooperation in the area of vocational education and training. The project is coordinated by 3s Unternehmensberatung and consortium partners include Danish Technological Institute (DTI, DNK), University of Warwick (IER, UK), Tallinn University (IISS, EST), Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini (FGB, IT), and the Federal […]
Cedefop organised a two day conference in Thessaloniki, where the topic of validation of non-formal and informal learning was discussed. Key note speeches and interactive panel discussions with representatives from the European Commission, Cedefop, the youth sector, Civil Society, as well as validation practitioners pointed out the challenges and opportunities regarding the multi-level process of validating skills and competences across Europe. Four parallel workshops took place focusing on the needs of specific groups such as migrants, unemployed, low-qualified adults and […]
The European Commission wishes to recognise achievements of companies, committed under the European Alliance for Apprenticeships, as well as their apprentices for outstanding achievements in promoting apprenticeships. It has launched a call for recommendations for candidates for being awarded an EAfA award under the following three categories: 1) Small and medium sized enterprises; 2) Big enterprises; 3) Apprentices. The candidates must demonstrate outstanding achievements in the area of apprenticeships, in particular keeping in mind that the focus areas of the European Alliance for Apprenticeships: the quality, the supply and the image of apprenticeships. Proposals must […]
Vocational education and training (VET) is evolving in exciting ways all across Europe. The European Commission organises the first European Vocational Skills Week on 5-9 December in Brussels, to inspire people to discover and use their talent through vocational training. The aim is to showcase high-quality VET programmes as a stepping stone to fulfilling careers, and ultimately, to help make sure that people have the skills they need in a fast-changing labour market. Events will take place across Europe […]
Out of the 22 million pupils in the European Union studying at upper secondary level in 2014, almost 11 million (or 48%) were enrolled in vocational education. In twelve EU Member States, more than half of all upper secondary pupils studied vocational programmes. Vocational education at upper secondary level was somewhat dominated by men, who accounted for 56% of pupils, compared with 44% women. This pattern can be observed in almost all Member States. Ensuring that young people develop […]
This Second Edition of the Survey of Adult Skills, Reader’s Companion, a product of the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), was designed to provide insights into the availability of some of these key skills in society and how they are used at work and at home. It describes the design and methodology of the survey and its relationship to other international assessments of young students and adults.
Getting Skills Right: Assessing and Anticipating Changing Skill Needs. Shifts du to digitalisation, globalisation, demographic, as well as other changes in work organisation are constantly reshaping skill needs. This OECD report identifies effective strategies for improving labour market information on skill needs and ensuring that this information is used effectively to develop the right skills.