Skills: the new language of education and training

Cedefop Director James Calleja and Head of Department for VET Systems and Institutions Loukas Zahilas were keynote speakers in College and Institutes Canada’s (CICAN’s) 45th annual conference in Quebec City on 29 to 31 May. Addressing over 820 vocational education and training (VET) practitioners, the Cedefop Director said that ‘to improve the image of VET,…


Skills agenda: 10 actions to help equip people in Europe with better skills

The European Commission adopted on 10 June a new and comprehensive skills agenda for Europe. The aim is to ensure that people develop a broad set of skills from early on in life and to make the most of Europe’s human capital, which will ultimately boost employability, competitiveness and growth in Europe. The New skills…

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Educational mobility starts to slow in industrialised world

Access to education continues to expand worldwide but the socio-economic divisions between tertiary-educated adults and the rest of society are growing. Governments must do more to ensure that everyone has the same opportunity to a good education early in life, according to a new OECD report. Education at a Glance 2014 says that educational mobility…

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Valuing diversity: guidance for labour market integration of migrants

Arguing for guidance to ease the integration of third country immigrants into the European labour market may seem untimely given today’s high youth unemployment, but anticipating future developments and informing policy-makers are one of Cedefop’s main tasks.  Although labour demand will continue to be weak in the coming years, Cedefop’s skill forecasts point to another…


Redefining Diversity as Recruitment, Training Goal

We may have sold diversity short ─ especially as a talent. Historically, what may be largely responsible for such neglect is its somewhat coercive and controversial origin, which includes quotas, preferential treatment, group favoritism, and, of course, the many personnel dislocations and displacements that followed in its wake.  But now, much later and looking back,…


Shell celebrates Qatari employees’ success

Earlier this week, Qatar Shell hosted a Qatarisation Excellence Awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of Qatari employees who have demonstrated outstanding performance and a commitment to professional growth. Leaders who support the growth of local talent across the company were also recognised for their dedication to develop Qatar’s future leaders and for helping Shell…