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When Training Helps the Company, But Not Employees

Author: By Margery Weinstein Full disclosure: I’ve never been a fan of Walmart. It’s not best to begin with a negative sentiment, but I wanted to provide the disclaimer that when I saw an article on Walmart’s employee training program in The New York Times, I was already primed not to be impressed. I appreciate…

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Cedefop policy learning forum (PLF) on apprenticeships

The first policy learning forum (PLF) on apprenticeships is linked to the thematic country reviews on apprenticeships (TCRs), which Cedefop launched in 2014. With develop quality apprenticeships, in line with EU policies. To date there have been three rounds of TCRs: the first round included Malta and Lithuania, and was concluded in 2015; the second…

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Upskilling Pathways – New opportunities for adults

Close to 70 million Europeans struggle with basic reading and writing calculation using digital tools in everyday life Without these skills they are at higher risk of unemployment, poverty and social exclusion. In June 2016, the Commission proposed the setting up of a ”Skills Guarantee” to address this challenge. The resulting initiative, now called “Upskilling…

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Jobs of the Future: Data Analysis Skills

Jobs of the future. The purpose of this research is to inform workforce planning efforts for jobs of the future—occupations that are predicted to grow over the next 5-10 years. The report, sponsored by the American Statistical Association, covers the supply and demand for data analysis skills, the function and types of employees needed for these…

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THE EUROPEAN VOCATIONAL SKILLS WEEK

THE EUROPEAN VOCATIONAL SKILLS WEEK 5 TO 9 DECEMBER 2016 WHAT IT IS ABOUT? Vocational education and training (VET) is evolving in exciting ways all across Europe. The European Commission organises the first European Vocational Skills Week to inspire people to discover and use their talent through vocational training. We want to showcase high-quality VET…

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Policies for matching better skills in better jobs

At a seminar jointly organised by Cedefop and the Netherlands EU Presidency on 23 June in Brussels, experts and stakeholders from around Europe discussed policies for matching better skills in better jobs. The event was an opportunity to disseminate to European stakeholders the main findings of Cedefop’s ongoing research on skill mismatch, most prominently the…

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Apprenticeship and other dual VET schemes in Spain

In Spain, an integrated vocational education and training (VET) system was regulated by the Organic Law on Qualifications and Vocational Education and Training (Law 5/2002 of 19 June). However, in fact, two different VET subsystems can be distinguished: the initial VET (IVET, leading to diploma) and the vocational training of employment (CVET, leading to professional…

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A European quality framework for apprenticeships

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) launched a European quality framework for apprenticeships at a conference on 14 April. Cedefop Director James Calleja praised the initiative saying that the focus on quality emphasises the need for high standards, a professional approach and a relevant context in which learners experience a combination of real work and…

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European Alliance for Apprenticeships

The European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA) is a unique platform which brings together governments with other key stakeholders, like businesses, social partners, chambers, vocational education and training (VET) providers, regions, youth representatives or think tanks. The common goal is to strengthen the quality, supply and image of apprenticeships in Europe. Moreover, the first on-line survey…

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