European Vocational Skills Week 2016

Lucy attended the European Business Forum on Vocational Education as part of European Vocational Skills Week in Brussels. The event was a high profile showcase and highlighted the importance of vocational skills with key speakers and workshops. Presentations and information from the event are now available online. Event page and Presentations 

A range of initiatives were discussed. Key items:

  • CSR Europe allows companies to share best practices on CSR and innovate with peers – thus shaping the business and political agenda on sustainability and competitiveness.
  • The Pact for Youth is a mutual engagement of business and the European Union leaders. Initiated by CSR Europe, it brings together representatives for business, education and youth, and the European institutions. We call on all businesses, social partners, education and training providers, youth organisations, public and private employment services, teachers, trainers, learners and parents as well as other key actors, to develop or consolidate partnerships in support of youth employability and inclusion.
  • Launch of scoreboards monitoring how students and learners are encouraged to go abroad. The Commission launched its first learning mobility scoreboards for initial vocational education and training (IVET) and higher education (HE) today on the occasion of the European Vocational Skills Week. The scoreboards show how well different EU countries are managing to create a favourable environment for learning and studying in another country, and can help spur improvement
  • European Solidarity CorpAged between 17-30 y/o, looking for volunteering or paid work experience? You can register for the European Solidarity Corps when you are 17 years old, but you cannot start a project until you are over 18. European Solidarity Corps projects will be available to people up to the age of 30 years old.  After completing a simple registration process, European Solidarity Corps participants could be selected and invited to join a wide range of projects, such as helping to prevent natural disasters or rebuild afterwards, assisting in centres for asylum seekers, or addressing different social issues in communities. Projects supported by the European Solidarity Corps can last from two to twelve months. Launched as part of the European Commission’s Investing in Europe’s Youth 
  • Erasmus Pro: for a million “young European apprentices” by 2020 ErasmusPro, a new dedicated activity within the Erasmus+ programme to support long-duration placements of apprentices abroad. The Commission will also propose a Quality Framework for Apprenticeships setting out key principles for the design and delivery of apprenticeships at all levels. A demand driven apprenticeships support service will be set up in 2017, supporting countries introducing or reforming apprenticeship systems.
  • OECD thematic studies: Work-based learning in vocational education and training (VET)
    The OECD study of work-based learning in VET was launched in 2015, with the aim to analyse policy issues, document global experience in policy and practice and deliver key policy messages.
  • Leaving education early: putting vocational education and training centre stage
    This Cedefop study examines the contribution that vocational education and training (VET) can make to reducing early leaving from education and training (ELET). It aims to assist national policy-makers and decision-makers at different levels in developing existing monitoring systems to measure ELVET and inform VET policies to tackle ELET.

A blog by Lucy Sandford on opportunities for young people in Europe can be found here