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(February 2013) Trends in VET Policy in Europe 2010-12 - Progress towards the Bruges Communiqué

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Attention has clearly focused on helping young people remain in, and return to, education and training through work-based learning routes. Building on their joint work in the last decade, countries have advanced in setting up qualifications frameworks and devising approaches to assure quality in VET, but much work is still in the planning stage. More attention to the professional development of VET staff, better monitoring of VET labour market outcomes, and considering incentives where appropriate, could help progress in the coming years. 

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(January 2013) Starting Shot fired for a Vocational Education and Training Alliance

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Six EU countries want to work closely with Germany to reform their systems of vocational training and education. Germany, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Italy, Slovakia and Latvia, in association with the European Commission, signed a Memorandum in Berlin in December 2012. It includes many concrete measures for introducing a vocational education system based on Germany's dual system. The goal is to have 80 per cent of all young people in the EU employed by 2020.

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(January 2013) Mind the Gap - Education Inequality across EU Regions

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Where you live in Europe can strongly influence your education and prospects in life, according to a new European Commission report. The report highlights significant disparities in education opportunities and results across - and within - member states.

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(January 2013) Rethinking Education - EU Commssion presents new Strategy

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The youth unemployment rate is close to 23% across the European Union - yet at the same time there are more than 2 million vacancies that cannot be filled.

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How European Commission promotes Vocational Education and Training

On 8 December 2010 a declaration on enhanced European Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training for the period 2011-2020 has been adopted by the Education Ministers from 33 European countries (EU-27+6). It presents the EU`s vision for the future of vocational education and training in Europe.[more]

It is a package of objectives and actions to increase the quality of vocational training in Europe by making it more accessible and relevant to the needs of the labour market.

Read more: "The Bruges Communiqué on enhanced European Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training"

New Call for Proposals for Projects in the Field of Vocational Education and Training

Beginning of November 2010 the European Commission has launched the call for proposals for 2011 of the LifeLongLearning Programme.[more]

The programme includes four sub-programmes supporting activities and projects at all educational levels. The LeonardoDaVinci Programme for vocational education and training covers a broad range of projects relating to mobility, transfer of best practices and networks within Europe. There are different deadlines!

See details under "Official documents on the Lifelong Learning Programme".

The European Qualification Framework (EQF)

European co-operation in education has led to the development of a number of EU reference tools, among them the European Qualification Framework (EQF), which is currently being put in practice across Europe. The EQF aims to relate different countries' national qualifications systems to a common European reference framework.[more]

Individuals and employers will be able to use the EQF to better understand and compare the qualifications levels of different countries and different education and training systems. It encourages countries to relate their national qualifications systems to the EQF so that all new qualifications issued from 2012 carry a reference to an appropriate EQF level. An EQF national coordination point has been designated for this purpose in each country.

See details under The European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

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