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.
In 2010, relevant stakeholders in the youth field expressed the need for a better coordination and observation of activities at European level in the field of recognition of youth work and of non-formal learning. The EU-CoE youth partnership was invited to play such a coordination role and therefore established as of 2011 an Expert Group on Recognition which meets bi-annually. In 2015 the Lifelong Learning Platform was invited to share its views with the expert group and applied to become […]
European Parliament – 2 December (13.00-15.00)
The Lifelong Learning Platform welcomed the 2012 Council Recommendation on the validation of non-formal and informal learning (VNIL) as it gave a political impulse for Member States to speed up the building of validation systems. Significant progress has been made in the last few years, especially with regard to the development of the legal frameworks and strategies. However more efforts should be made in order to increase the potential benefits of validation for a wider […]
We are what we do, and yet, only part of what we do is recognised by others, namely employers and formal education institutions. But how many young people and adults engage in non-formal and informal learning processes? How many volunteer? How much do these activities add not only to their competences and skills, but also to their personalities? And in spite of the huge benefits such activities produce, quid of their recognition and validation? These were the questions asked during […]
Thu 11 December, 09:30-12:45 // European Parliament, Room JAN 6Q1, Brussels
Some 80 million EU employees, the unemployed and particularly the young unemployed will purportedly need to update their skills and qualifications in order to improve their employment prospects and find gainful employment. Creating a sense of self-worth and self-confidence of all EU citizens and enhancing their position and acceptance in society is just as important. The validation of non-formal and informal learning is an important tool in tackling these challenges. We need strong […]