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(May 2014) Europe wants to develop Apprenticeships


Despite their advantages as a way of aligning vocational education and training to labour market needs, are underused.

To reduce high unemployment among their young people, countries are looking to others for help. During the economic downturn, some countries have performed better and youth unemployment has remained relatively low, for example in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria. This has been attributed in part to their apprenticeships or "dual" systems and, consequently, interest in them has increased.




(April 2014) EU launches European Skills Survey


To find out more about the skills needed for jobs and how they are used, as well as about skill mismatch, Cedefop has started collecting data for the first European Skills Survey. Around 50,000 adult employees across all the European Union’s 28 Member States will be surveyed precisely to find out the extent of skill mismatch and how it can develop during someone’s career.

Most of the skills you need for your current job you will develop in the first five years of working in it. After that, although you will continue to learn, the pace of learning slows down. This, of course, varies from job to job.

The importance of developing particular skills throughout a person’s career and how they match with the changing demands of their jobs has implications for skill mismatch. Whatever its cause, skill mismatch, represents a significant loss of investment in people and has important economic and well-being costs for enterprises and individuals.

The survey will also examine causes of skill...

(March 2014) Christiani at Hannover Trade Fair 2014


Training and Industry side by side - Visit us  from 7th to 11th April 2014 at the Hannover Trade Fair, hall 16, booth H11 -

This year our main focus points for the exhibition will be:


We will present our up-to-date specialised training room concepts for metal technology, electrical engineering and automation technology. You will be amazed by the way, in which our practical teaching systems and accompanying educational materials complement each other perfectly.

Advanced Training

We will be on hand to discuss our range of advanced training courses, offered by the Christiani Academy. This includes distance-learning courses and seminars, which focus on technical content. We also offer in-house training and numerous other educational services. 

Read more about the Hannover Trade Fair: <link...

(February 2014) Member States urged to improve Quality Checks in Universities and Vocational Colleges


Member States must shift from a box-ticking approach and upgrade their quality systems if they want to improve the performance of universities and vocational colleges, according to two reports published by the European Commission on quality assurance in higher education and vocational training.

The report on higher education sets out how quality assurance is helping to establish quality goals and address challenges such as the expanding student population in Europe, which has grown by more than 25% to 20 million since 2000.

The report on the European quality assurance reference framework for vocational education (EQAVET) shows that it has also helped develop a quality culture, through support such as an online tool to build and monitor quality assurance systems, and by encouraging the sharing of experience and best practice through the EQAVET network. But, here too, further action is needed to make quality assurance more transparent and increase mutual trust in qualifications...

(January 2014) Christiani at Didacta Trade Fair 2014 in Stuttgart


The meeting place for technical education - Visit us from 25th to 29th March 2014 at the didacta in Stuttgart, hall 6, booth 6E32 -!

New: Consistent education concepts from school through to advanced training – this year, all of this is at one trade fair stand!

School meets Technology

At school, technical education means, learning how technology works. Our offer for you:

  • Technical and scientific teaching aids and materials for preparing exciting lessons,
  • educational construction kits from "fischertechnik", as we are an exclusive "fischertechnik"-partner for schools.

Physics live - Physics tried out, Physics understood!

  • With teaching materials for physics – experiment equipment and demonstration devices for physics lessons...

(November 2013) Christiani Training Equipment for Solarteur Schools in Switzerland


A further training course leading to a recognised qualification as Solarteur was launched in Switzerland at the end of 2010.  In the meantime this international training concept on using renewable energies is offered at four locations in Switzerland, each of which has been supplied with specialised training equipment from Christiani:
• Fricktal Vocational Training Centre (BZF) in Rheinfelden
• Energy Academy Toggenburg in Wattwil
• LWB training workshops in Bern
• FE3 training platform in Yverdon-les-Bains

An additional location is planned for 2014.
Christiani has also contributed to the qualification of the course Trainers.

(November 2013) Green light for Erasmus+: More than 4 Million People to get EU Grants for Skills and Employability


Erasmus+, the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, due to begin in January, was approved today by the European Parliament. Aimed at boosting skills, employability and supporting the modernisation of education, training and youth systems, the seven-year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion1 - 40% higher than current levels. More than 4 million people will receive support to study, train, work or volunteer abroad, including 2 million higher education students, 650 000 vocational training students and apprentices, as well as more than 500 000 going on youth exchanges or volunteering abroad.  Erasmus+ will also provide funding for education and training staff, youth workers and for partnerships between universities, colleges, schools, enterprises, and not-for-profit organisations.

The Erasmus+ programme will start in January 2014.


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