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From words to action: Investments and cooperation to make VET great again!

BRUSSELS, 8 December 2016 / The Lifelong Learning Platform welcomes the European Commission’s initiative to improve attractiveness and image of vocational education and training by launching the first European Vocational Skills Week during 5-9 December 2016. The Commission has brought the VET week as one as a part of its communication “A New Skills Agenda for Europe” through, wanting to showcase vocational studies as a first class option.
VET education, both secondary and post-secondary, has been suffering from poor reputation and […]

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“The project development workshop was my road to success”

A few months ago, Wouter Hustinx was awarded European funding, and what’s more, for the first EU project he had ever written! “The project development workshop “Education goes digital” was his road to success,” says the head of the expertise center on educational innovation at PXL University College in Hasselt, Belgium. Today, Wouter Hustinx shares his best tips for a successful project development workshop and a good start to EU funding.
The “Education goes digital” workshop was organised in December […]

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Global launch of the results of latest PISA survey on 6 December 2016

On 6 December, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will release the 2015 results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a test of reading literacy, mathematics, and science given every three years to fifteen-year-olds in more than seventy countries and economies worldwide. This year’s results will focus on science. The OECD and Education Policy Institute will host a global launch event in London at the Institute of Directors with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Andreas […]

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Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Launch: How are we going to reduce the Skills Gap?

Digitalisation has already started and will inevitably affect all sectors. Automation, robotisation… are terms that have integrated our vocabulary and have become part of our daily lives, but that we still have trouble understanding the extent of and that few are not fully prepared for.  Indeed, “there is a change in the nature of the race between man and the machine, and the machine is running faster,” said keynote speaker Ryan Avent. In spite of this reality, […]

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Time to be Welcome: European Volunteers supportinh Refugees’ Integration

Time to be Welcome aims at encouraging young volunteers and youth organisations all over Europe to welcome young refugees and migrants and support their integration process through the use of non-formal education and youth work. At the same time, the project wants to raise awareness among the public opinion in Europe to be tolerant and more open towards migrants. The project will involve approximately 60 volunteers.
The project is led by the World Scout Movement (WOSM, project applicant) and is implemented […]

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LLL Interest Group meets to discuss the New Skills Agenda for Europe

In order to be turned into comprehensive lifelong learning strategies at national/regional level, bridges should be built between education, employment and social policies, in a reinforced dialogue and cooperation with civil society. That is why several MEPs and civil society organisations met on 30 November to discuss the new Skills Agenda for Europe with Slovak Presidency of the EU Council and DG EMPL representatives. The event took place just a few days after the EU Council under Slovak Presidency […]

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Defining the Norm: LLLPlatform Reacts after Pact4Youth Meeting

Yesterday, 24 November, the STEM Alliance conference: Skilling up the next generation for an innovative Europe – together! was held in Brussels under the auspices of the Pact4Youth, a mutual engagement of business and the European Union leaders, initiated by CSR Europe, to support youth employability and inclusion. The meeting was co-chaired by Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, and Viscount Etienne Davignon, Belgian Minister of State and President of CSR Europe. […]

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Consultation on Inclusive Education: Civil Society Day 2016 Outcomes

The Civil Society Day, co-organised by the European Commission Directorate General for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports and the Lifelong Learning Platform, was held on 19 October in Brussels, as introduction to the Education, Training and Youth Forum (20-21 October). Gathering a wide number of educational stakeholders, the Commission invited them to deliver an opinion to feed its upcoming communication. The key messages are available in the Consultation Outcomes.
This year’s focus was on “Promoting inclusive education and […]

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Civil society criticises “Business As Usual” as Commission publishes its plans for implementing the SDG

SDG Watch Europe expresses its disappointment following yesterday’s publication of the European Commission’s Communication on the next steps for a sustainable European future “European action for sustainability”.  The Communication provides little new information about how the EU intends to make Agenda 2030 a reality in Europe or around the world. It is a justification of business-as-usual, which will not deliver on the ambitious commitments of the new global agenda.
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LLLP Provides Input on European Solidarity Corps

Two months ago the European Commission launched the idea of creating a European Solidarity Corps by which young people will be able to volunteer across Europe to help respond to crisis situations. The LLLP welcomed the initiative, but together with member organisations, it came up with some ideas how to make sure it works well in reality. In particular, it emphasised on the importance of training and support for volunteers, developing a quality charter and creating synergies with other initiatives, […]

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