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Latest developments

ReferNet offers a selection of news on recent developments in the national and European VET sector.

link to Cedefop news

VET News International

The ReferNet Germany information service "VET News International" offers a weekly overview of the latest publications and links.

On the right are the three most recent issues.

All issues can be found here: Archive 

National News on VET

These brief messages from the ReferNet countries provide information on recent developments in VET, employment and in the labour market. link to Cedefop website

Here is a selection of "National News on VET" from Germany: 

Germany: Study commission on vocational training in the digital work environment

Where and how should VET be adapted to the demands of the digital workplace? How can the strengths of the system be developed and access barriers reduced? read more

Germany: Increased need to update training regulations

The school year 2018/19 started in August and young people could choose among 326 recognised occupations in the dual VET system at EQF level 4. These qualifications include 24 updated and one newly developed qualification, the ‘management assistant for e-commerce’ (Kaufmann/Kauffrau in E-Commerce), reflecting an increased need for new skills in the economy. read more

Germany: Digitisation in inter-company vocational training and competence centres

Demands in technical equipment for inter-company vocational training centres (ÜBS) have been increasing due to rapidly increasing requirements in digitisation and the technical changes in work processes of training occupations. The 2015 Directive promoting digitisation in ÜBS and competence centres was amended in April 2018: Its validity was extended to 31 December 2021 and the list of equipment revised and complemented. read more

Germany: Modernisation of IT occupations in the age of 4.0

The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) has been investigating whether there is a need to modernise the four existing dual programmes for information technology (IT) occupations, which have remained unchanged since 1997. Against the background of the increasing digitalisation of the world of work, the aims were to identify current and foreseeable requirements for skilled IT staff and to draw up proposals for the future shaping of the IT occupations. read more


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