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Archive 2020

EVSW 2020: Register now!
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

EVSW 2020: Register now!

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!

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German VET system in 2’30”
Monday, October 12, 2020

German VET system in 2’30”

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.

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VET as lever for success
Tuesday, October 6, 2020

VET as lever for success

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.

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Training as investment
Monday, September 28, 2020

Training as investment

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.

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Osnabrück Declaration on VET
Friday, September 18, 2020

Osnabrück Declaration on VET

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.

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Report on VET in Germany 2020
Friday, September 11, 2020

Report on VET in Germany 2020

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.

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European Vocational Skills Week
Thursday, September 10, 2020

European Vocational Skills Week

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.

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Cedefop calls for tender
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Cedefop calls for tender

- Promoting lifelong learning of adults through CVET and upskilling

- The role of micro-credentials in easing learning for employment 

- Feasibility study for surveying teachers, learners and in-company trainers in IVET

Next deadline: 22/09/2020

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EU Vocational Skills Week 2020
Wednesday, August 19, 2020

EU Vocational Skills Week 2020

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.

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#CedefopPhotoAward 2020
Monday, August 17, 2020

#CedefopPhotoAward 2020

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.

NEW: Apply by 15/09/2020

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Open call for tender
Friday, July 31, 2020

Open call for tender

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.

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Portal for VET journal
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Portal for VET journal

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.

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VET and Corona in Europe
Monday, July 27, 2020

VET and Corona in Europe

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.

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Spotlight on VET Germany 2020
Monday, July 20, 2020

Spotlight on VET Germany 2020

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.

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Consultation on digital education
Thursday, July 16, 2020

Consultation on digital education

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.

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European cooperation in VET
Thursday, July 2, 2020

European cooperation in VET

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.

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European Skills Agenda
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

European Skills Agenda

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.

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VET policy 2015-19
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

VET policy 2015-19

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.

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#CedefopPhotoAward 2020
Monday, May 11, 2020

#CedefopPhotoAward 2020

Teams of vocational training and education (VET) learners can once again share their VET experience related to green or digital skills in a photo story for a chance to win great prizes.

Take part until 30 June 2020!

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VET and Corona in the EU
Monday, April 20, 2020

VET and Corona in the EU

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.

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Report on the future of VET
Thursday, April 9, 2020

Report on the future of VET

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?

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Adapting VET to digitalisation
Monday, February 24, 2020

Adapting VET to digitalisation

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?

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17th ReferNet plenary meeting
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

17th ReferNet plenary meeting

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.

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VET in Europe database online
Monday, January 6, 2020

VET in Europe database online

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.

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