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Cedefop's European Skills Index (ESI) is a data-based monitoring tool that aims to provide information on the performance of national skills systems in Europe. The index is composed of 15 indicators from different international data sets. For the results in 2020, see link.
On 2-4 December 2020, ReferNet members and national representatives from 29 countries discussed with Cedefop experts the latest VET policy developments at national and EU level. One focus was on the Osnabrück declaration and its impact on the network’s activities.
The EU member states endorsed the ‘Osnabrück declaration on VET as an enabler of recovery and just transitions to digital and green economies’. It sets out policy actions in 2021-25 to operationalise the Council recommendation on VET for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience.
VETNET (European Research Network on VET), BIBB and the EU Commission jointly hosted a workshop on VET research as part of the European Vocational Skills Week to strengthen cooperation between the national VET research institutions in Europe.
Germany’s dual VET is quite famous. Less well known are the many other qualification pathways in the German VET system. GOVET has produced a brochure that provides an overview of the German occupational and training landscape.
From 9 to 13 November 2020, the EU Commission is organizing the fifth European Vocational Skills Week (EVSW) as part of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. EVSW 2020 will take place in a virtual conference room. Registration is now open!
This animated video is based on the new ReferNet Spotlight brochure. It gives an overview of the state of play of Germany’s education and training system, its distinctive features, the particular challenges the country faces and the policy responses it has been developing.
In an interview published in the BWP magazine 3/2020, Cedefop Executive Director Jürgen Siebel shares his views on current and future challenges for vocational education and training (VET) in Europe and gives an insight into Cedefop’s work.
A BIBB survey on the costs and benefits of in-company vocational training shows that the net costs to companies have risen only slightly in recent years. Providing apprenticeship remains an important investment for firms in order to meet their skilled labour needs.
On 17.09.2020, the EU member states discussed a paper for an innovative, effective, future-proof VET system - the Osnabrück Declaration. They set themselves four objectives for VET in the EU. The Declaration is to be signed at the Education Council meeting in November.
This detailed report describes the German VET system. It presents the key features as well as the challenges and policy responses, e.g. an attractive VET for all and how to deal with the challenges of digitalisation and the commitment to sustainability.
Under the motto #DiscoverYourTalent, the European Vocational Skills Week will take place for the fifth time across Europe from 9 to 13 November 2020. Once again, the European Commission is calling for national, regional or local events around VET.
During the European Vocational Skills Week from 9 to 13 November 2020 in Berlin, awards for VET excellence in four categories will be presented for the fifth time. The application deadline has been extended until the end of August or mid-September for some categories.
Teams of VET learners can once again share their experience related to green or digital skills in a photo story for a chance to win trips to the European Vocational Skills Week in Berlin or to Thessaloniki for the International Film Festival.
Cedefop has launched the call for tender: ‘Entrepreneurship competence in vocational education and training’. The findings of the research shall support VET stakeholders in promoting entrepreneurship competence. Deadline for tenders: 21/09/2020.
The BIBB journal “BWP” publishes research findings and practical examples on current issues in vocational education and training. BWP is published four times a year online and in print. The last issue in English is dedicated to Qualification in Nursing Care.
These ReferNet national news on VET provide insights into challenges during the pandemic, regarding transition to distance learning, provision for final exams, arrangements to keep learners engaged and planning for the next training year.
This short brochure describes the German VET system. It outlines the key features as well as the challenges and policy responses, e.g. an attractive VET for all and how to deal with the challenges of digitalisation and the commitment to sustainability.
The Digital Education Action Plan seeks to support the use of technology in education and the development of digital competences.A public consultation is gathering views on the future of digital education during the COVID-19 recovery period and beyond until 4 September 2020.
The post-2020 European policy framework on vocational education and training (VET) was discussed at the joint Cedefop/ETF virtual conference ‘Enhancing European cooperation in VET: looking back – planning ahead’, on 30 June and 1 July.
The European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience, presented by the European Commission on 1 July, sets objectives for upskilling (improving existing skills) and reskilling (training in new skills) in the next five year.
These reports describe developments in vocational education and training (VET) policy in the EU since 2015. They are based in particular on information provided by ReferNet, the European network for VET, and the respective national Directors General.
Cedefop has invited its ReferNet partners to share their countries’ reaction to the corona crisis, in terms of vocational education and training (VET) policies. Results will be published in the form of national news stories by end of June.
Is vocational training in Europe becoming a marginal phenomenon due to the trend towards higher qualifications? Or will it experience a renaissance in the future as a result of political efforts to combat youth unemployment and skills shortages?
The report focuses on the responsiveness of the German VET system to the challenges of digitalisation, AI and the future of work. What are the policy strategies and initiatives to modernise VET and how can digital technologies and media support learning practices?
On 5-7 February 2020, over 60 ReferNet members and national representatives from 29 countries discussed with Cedefop experts the latest VET policy developments at national and EU level. One focus was on challenges and chances of the future of VET in Europe.
The new Cedefop ReferNet database is the main source of information about vocational education and training (VET) systems in the EU, Iceland and Norway. It includes diagrammes, generates reports and allows comparing by country and theme.