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Cedefop launches online toolkit for tackling early leaving

A new online toolkit for tackling early leaving from education and training was launched at Cedefop’s policy learning forum on vocational education and training (VET) as a solution to leaving education early (16-17/5) in Thessaloniki. The Europe-wide toolkit provides practical guidance, tips, good practice and tools to assist policy-makers and education and training providers in…

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Skills Shortages, Noncompetitive Pay Cause Recruiting Woes in 2016

Robin Harpe, SHRM-SCP, is hunting for those elusive purple squirrels—the job seekers who have all the right skills, education and experience to fill positions for the industrial clients that her recruiting firm in Atlanta serves. “Jobs are plentiful, but we still have two main issues,” Harpe said. “Either the candidates aren’t qualified, or they’re qualified…

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Microlearning: Less About Time, More About Focus

  How can you learn anything in 60-seconds? This is the most commonly asked question about microlearning and its training value in today’s workforce. In a broad sense, microlearning is successful in many of the same ways traditional learning has proven effective. Microlearning does not disregard good learning design principles, but instead determines the tasks…

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Validation of learning gained outside school is still a challenge

Despite progress since 2010, Member States still have a long way to go to ensure that knowledge, skills and competences that people acquire outside school are formally validated, according to a European Commission report compiled in partnership with Cedefop. The 2014 European inventory on validation of non-formal and informal learning, which covers 33 European countries (EU…

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Four Keys to a No-fail Needs Analysis

When working with new clients, custom training providers are tasked with learning about the client’s background, vision and goals, and then connecting that information to the right training solution. It is critical to establish credibility and build trusted relationships quickly with clients, and that starts with an effective needs analysis strategy. There are four fundamental…

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Hiring for Attitude

A “hire for attitude, train for aptitude” strategy has merit and works for certain organizations. However, it requires changes (potentially significant ones) to a company’s infrastructure, process and organizational design, and, above all, an increase in a company’s training budget. Interestingly enough, it also requires a change in attitude on the part of the human…

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Replacing the Employee Performance Review via Gamification

Traditional employee performance reviews, full of hindsight assessments and assumptions, are often a waste of time. The secret to extracting productive performance metrics is to engage employees and conducting reviews constantly. Unfortunately, most employers aren’t willing to make employee engagement a priority. With 70 percent of U.S. workers reporting that they are unengaged at work,…

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Developing Effective Innovation Trainers

Exceptional innovation trainers can propel an organization toward breakthrough innovations. They teach teams how to culture-shift, push beyond creative blocks, and streamline the innovation process. The best ones are also engaging storytellers who have firsthand experience with innovation. But how can you discern an expert trainer from a master of hype before investing in a…

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More country apprenticeship reviews to be conducted by Cedefop in 2015

‘With our limited resources we will try to come closer to the Member States and work with them to push vocational education and training (VET) reform further,’ Cedefop Director James Calleja told the first validation workshop of the agency’s review of Lithuania’s and Malta’s apprenticeship systems. The workshop, held in Thessaloniki on 8 and 9…

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